Aberdeenshire brewery launches new ‘Scottish Mountain’ lager

TORR Lager brewer Neil Stirton (left) and business development manager Philip Anderson (right)
TORR Lager brewer Neil Stirton (left) and business development manager Philip Anderson (right)

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An Aberdeenshire brewery has launched a new premium lager which is handmade using just four ingredients, to reflect the purity of the Scottish mountains.

TORR Lager has been created by the team behind Insch-based Beer Story, which is well established as a brewer of craft beers, and it is hoped the new product will put Aberdeenshire on the map as a producer of premium lager.

Named after a tor rock formation, the lager uses only four natural ingredients – Scottish water, barley, hops and yeast.

TORR is brewed at the team’s independent brewery in Insch, based on the Bavarian method of allowing the lager to ferment at a cave temperature of 2 degrees and brewing for at least four weeks.

With an ABV of 4%, the lager is described as mildly aromatic and refreshing, with a crisp, dry taste, medium carbonation and a light straw colour.

Experienced brewer Neil Stirton joined the team last year and has been overseeing the brewing process.

Neil said Scotland’s climate makes it perfect for brewing lager: “The cold temperatures of Scotland make it an ideal location for using the traditional Bavarian method of brewing,” he said. “Some of the base ingredients were sourced from Germany but as up to 95% of the ingredients in the brewing process is water, we wanted to ensure that the product was brewed in Scotland, using 100% Scottish water.

“Water has a key role in the flavour and final quality of the product due to the fact the mineral content of water can be altered according to the requirements of the beer style being brewed. This takes a lot of skill and we have worked hard to get TORR Lager just right before the official launch.”

TORR will be available on draught and in 330ml bottles in a number of hand-picked bars, restaurants and pubs in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire from today (February 1), with plans for online sales later this year.

As sales increase, the team plans to expand the volume and the number of stockists, moving into other cities and eventually into exporting, establishing Aberdeenshire as a leading producer of premium lager.

Philip Anderson, TORR’s business development manager, said: “We wanted to create a Scottish lager which uses Scottish water and reflects the pure, clean air of our mountains. TORR is the result, with just four ingredients and no chemicals, colourings or preservatives.

“We know that people tend to drink considerably more lager than beer or craft ales so we saw a gap in the market for a quality Scottish lager. We have spent months developing and refining the product and believe we have created a bold new alternative to more established lagers.

“The brand is inspired by mountains and is easy to remember. We are proud to brew TORR in Aberdeenshire and we hope local people will respond well to a local product which reflects the clean air and mountainous landscape Scotland is known for.”

Bespoke Torr Lager Stein glasses have been created alongside the brown glass bottles.

Following the launch in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, Philip plans to significantly build the profile of the brand and increase stockists, distribution outlets and online sales.

“We want TORR Lager to be the premium Scottish lager of choice in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and other markets beyond the North-east as our distribution grows,” he added. “Our aim is to be seen as a serious competitor in the lager market in the UK and beyond.”

Current stockists of TORR Lager include:

College, Aberdeen

Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Aberdeen

Soul, Aberdeen

Angus and Ale, Aberdeen

Borsalino’s, Peterculter

Four Mile, Kingswells

6 Degrees North, Aberdeen

Clachan Grill, Ballater (from March)

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