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14th April 2021

Scottish brewery gets flagship craft lager in the can

One of Scotland’s leading independent breweries has launched its first canned craft lager available to buy across the country.

With bars, pubs and restaurants around Scotland forced to temporarily close during lockdown, Edinburgh’s Cold Town Brewery is bouncing back by making its flagship craft lager available for beer lovers to buy direct from selected local retailers and delivered straight to their door.

Brewed by hand in small batches, Cold Town’s craft lager can now be snapped up from the Cold Town Beer online shop in packs of handy 330ml cans, as well as eight Margiotta Food & Wine stores across Edinburgh; Woodwinters in Bridge of Allan and Edinburgh; and The Cave in Glasgow.

Cold Town is also now available from selected e-commerce site, including Best of British Beer; Hoppily; Beersniffers; Brew Republic; Amazon; Liquid Vault and Flavourly.

Cold Town Beer is a crisp, fresh, session-able and refreshing lager without sacrificing mouthfeel and flavour. A malty backbone gives the base for this tasty tipple, leading to delicate top notes of citrus and elderflower.

The brewery uses Scottish Pale Malt from Crisp Malt in Alloa as the base malt across its range. The barley is 100% Scottish and is sourced from the east coast, which makes it perfect for Cold Town Beer. Crisp Malt work with farmers on long term agreements to support their livelihoods and businesses. The maltings at Alloa date back to the 1890s and so are continuing a long tradition of making malt for Scottish beer production.

Cold Town Beer was first launched in 2018 as a draught beer for beer drinkers. The brewery was named in honour of Calton Hill Brewery in Edinburgh, which was the first in Britain to brew lager in 1835. The brewery was situated in the Edinburgh suburb, Caldtoun, at the bottom of a large hill, which we now know to be Calton Hill.

Over 20 different beers have been brewed by Cold Town Brewery to date. Styles include pale ales, IPA’s, pilsner, saison & berliner-weisse sour beers.

As well as its main brewery on Edinburgh’s Dunedin Street, Cold Town Beer also has a microbrewery at Cold Town House in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, which includes a taproom and roof terrace with fantastic views of Edinburgh Castle.

The 4% ABV craft lager was the first creation of Ed Evans, Head Brewer at Cold Town when the brewery opened in 2018.

Commenting on the latest Cold Town Beer launch, Ed said:

“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to get this up and running over the past few months, so we’re really excited to be finally launching our Cold Town craft lager in cans, so fans of our brewery can enjoy a cold one in the comfort of their own home.

“Cold Town craft lager has already been tried, tested and loved on draught by drinkers in bars across Scotland. All of our brews begin their journey in bars, and then are brought online when we feel that we’ve received a seal of approval from our customers who drink them and the bar teams who help create them. We’re always brainstorming to get the ‘bar raised’ on all our brews without taking ourselves too seriously.

“Cold Town Beer has gained a loyal following since it was launched in 2018 and we’re excited that from April 2021 we will be shipping our craft lager across Scotland and the rest of the UK for the first time. Our crisp, craft lager will be the first instalment through our online store, with some of the quirkier flavours coming soon.”

330ml cans of Cold Town lager are now available to buy direct from the Cold Town Beer online shop in packs of 12 for £21 and packs of 24 for £42 to drink at home. There is next day delivery available on all mainland UK orders made by 1pm from Monday to Friday

From the end of April, Scottish craft lager fans will also be able to enjoy an ice cold pint of Cold Town Beer in selected beer gardens around Scotland, including Edinburgh’s Cold Town House, The Huxley and McClarens on the Corner; The Saint in St Andrews; The Meadowpark in Bridge of Allan; Church on the Hill in Glasgow and Paramount Bar in Aberdeen.

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Notes to editor

Beer gardens:

Beer gardens where Cold Town Beer will be available to enjoy outdoors from the end of April:

Cold Town House, 4 Grassmarket, Edinburgh 

Roof Terrace and Grassmarket Terrace opening from the 28th April.

Roof terrace is taking bookings only. Grassmarket Terrace is for walk ins.

Monday & Tuesday – Closed

Wednesday – Sunday – Open 12 – 10pm

Roof Terrace Capacity – 70 people (approx)


McLarens on the Corner, 8 Morningside Road, Edinburgh

The terrace and indoors will be open from the 26th April.

Monday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm. Indoors closes at 8pm.

Terrace Capacity – 60 people (approx)

The Huxley, 1-3 Rutland Street, Edinburgh 

The outdoor area and indoors will be open from the 28th April.

Monday & Tuesday – Closed

Wednesday – Friday, 12 – 10pm. Indoors closes at 8pm.

Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm. Indoors closes at 8pm.

The Saint, 170 South Street, St Andrews, Fife 

The garden and indoors will be open from the 26th April.

Monday – Sunday, 12 – 9pm. Indoors closes at 8pm.

Garden capacity – 70 people (approx)

The Meadowpark, 56 Kenilworth Road, Bridge of Allan, Stirling 

The terrace and indoors will be open from the 28th April. Extensive south facing terrace with views to Stirling Castle.

Wednesday – Friday – 12 – 10pm. Indoors closes at 8pm.

Saturday – 10 – 10pm. Indoors closes at 8pm.

Sunday – 10 – 8pm.

Terrace capacity – 35 people (approx)

Church on the Hill, 16 Algie Street, Shawlands, Glasgow

Only the garden will be open from the 28th April.

Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 10pm.

Garden capacity – 250 people (approx)

Paramount Bar, 23-25 Bon-Accord Street, Aberdeen 

Only the outdoor marquee will be open from the 29th April.

Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 4pm.

Outdoor capacity – 50 people (approx)


Press release from Taste Communications on behalf of Cold Town Beer

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