Rutherglen Brewery RUTHERGLEN
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.