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Youngest Scottish female brewer launches Heaven Cent IPA from Harviestoun Brewery

A Scottish craft brewery has launched its first new product of 2020, just in time for Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, which runs from 5-20 September.

Published: September 16, 2020
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Heaven Cent is a new session IPA and is the debut creation of Lisa Matthews, the newest brewer at Harviestoun in Clackmannanshire.

Lisa is originally from Islay and, after completing a BSc (Hons) in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University, she started working part time at Harviestoun in June 2018, before being appointed as a full time brewer in May 2019.

Heaven Cent takes its name and aroma from the ‘centennial’ hop. The team say that it is "a perfectly balanced IPA with beautiful fruity aromas and a citrus tang.

"As a session IPA, the maltiness and bitterness are perfectly balanced. There is an initial citrus tang on the palate followed by clean, crisp, floral notes and a hint of spiciness."

The new IPA (4.6% vol) is available on draught from selected bars and hotels around Scotland from Wednesday 16 September, including Bridge of Orchy Hotel in Argyll; Forth Inn at Aberfoyle near Stirling; Coopers Bar at Claremont Lodge in Alloa; Farquharsons Bar at Braemar; and The Kirklands Hotel in Kinross.

Heaven Cent is also be available to buy in a five-litre mini-keg format direct from Harviestoun’s online shop, so people can also enjoy it at home.

Commenting on her debut craft ale creation, Lisa said: “After months of development with the whole team, I’m so excited that we’re able to launch Heaven Cent in time for Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight.

"I think it’s fantastic that there are more women taking leading roles in the brewing industry than ever before and I’m really proud to be part of that growing trend, along with my colleague Amy Cockburn, who is head brewer at Harviestoun.

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“Heaven Cent is made using the centennial hop, which gives it a distinctive citrus tang, as well as clean crisp, floral notes and a hint of spiciness. The centennial hop is also what makes Heaven Cent so completely unique and different from any other product in our range.

“Harviestoun has been brewing in the shadow of the Ochil Hills in Clackmannanshire since 1983, so we were making craft beer in Scotland long before it became a popular trend.”

Harviestoun’s beers are made with the soft local water and the majority of its malt barley is grown within eight miles of the brewery in Alva.

Heaven Cent is now available to buy in a five-litre mini-keg format from Harviestoun’s online shop, priced at £22 per keg.

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Harviestoun is one of Scotland’s most awarded independent breweries and is a producer of nine other high-quality craft beer and lagers.

Its most famous award-winning beer, Schiehallion (pronounced she-hal-ion) pilsner, is named after a well-known mountain in Perthshire.

Schiehallion is unique among British beers as being the only current brand to win the coveted ‘World’s Best Pilsner’ award.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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