Rutherglen Brew­ery RUTHERGLEN

North East Living Magazine - - News - Words Steve Vi­vian

BAL­ANCE is an im­por­tant word at Rutherglen Brew­ery. It’s a word that head brewer Sam Attwa­ter says is es­sen­tial to the brew­ery's suc­cess. Open­ing in 2014, Rutherglen Brew­ery has found a bal­ance in a town renowned for its wine and food. The re­sult is pro­vid­ing a wel­come dis­trac­tion for the hordes of vis­i­tors who travel to Rutherglen with grape ex­pec­ta­tions only to find that Rutherglen is now a part of the North East’s ev­er­grow­ing brew­topia. "A key am­bi­tion for us is to draw tourists in who come to Rutherglen for wine," ex­plains Attwa­ter, who joined the brew­ery in 2015 af­ter work­ing as a wine­maker in the re­gion. "I wanted to be a part of a change where some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent is com­ing through Rutherglen. "Peo­ple who are com­ing here for a wine tour get re­ally ex­cited when they re­alise there's a brew­ery in town." It's then no sur­prise that the brew­ery's am­bi­tion has in­formed its dis­tinc­tive­ness. "Other brew­eries in the re­gion ex­pand their styles widely, whereas we fo­cus on sim­ply mak­ing some re­ally core, solid beers that at­tract a wide range of peo­ple," says Attwa­ter. "We try to cre­ate styles that, if you're a craft beer lover, you're go­ing to love, but if you're not a craft beer drinker you can re­ally still en­joy." Rutherglen Brew­ery's six-tap set up fea­tures four core beers: pil­sner, pale ale, IPA and am­ber ale. The brew­ery also has two sea­sonal taps, with one usu­ally pour­ing cider and the other ever-chang­ing.

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