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29th May 2014

Scottish Brewery honours Glasgow 2014 with Commonwealth Gold

The award winning Caledonian Brewery in Edinburgh has released details of the special limited edition ale it will brew this summer to commemorate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The limited edition ale, brewed under an agreement with the Organising Committee, will be named Commonwealth Gold. It will be brewed with ingredients from around the Commonwealth including hops from Australia, England and New Zealand together with malt from local Scottish suppliers.
According to Caledonian’s Beer Specialist Craig Steven, the result will be “a golden ale with a citric soft fruit aroma and flavour followed by a lemon and soft malt finish”.
Commonwealth Gold will be made available to customers as a guest ale option in the run up to, and during the Games fortnight. Official Glasgow 2014 beer & cider provider, HEINEKEN, will ensure that the special beer gets a wide distribution across the UK.
The Caledonian, locally known as “The Caley”, is Edinburgh’s oldest Brewery, established in 1869 – more than 50 years before the modern Commonwealth was founded. Managing Director Andy Maddock commented “we’re excited and honoured to be brewing Commonwealth Gold, so that pubs and beer drinkers across the UK can share in the celebration and excitement of the Games. It will be brewed using our open-fired coppers that date back to the Victorian age, so visitors to the Games will be able to enjoy a refreshing golden beer that combines ingredients from all over the Commonwealth, brought together according to the very best traditions of Scottish brewing.”
The Caley also has plans to use a mobile bar/s in Glasgow over the games period to showcase its range of popular cask ales.
Brewing of Commonwealth Gold will commence on the 20th June and will be available to pubs from mid July.
Picture: The approved pump clip design for Commonwealth Gold, the Official Local Beer of the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014.
Editor’s notes:
  • Caledonian Brewery was built in 1869, when Edinburgh was one of the foremost brewing centres in the world. This was due to the abundant supply of barley and mineral rich water from Edinburgh’s ‘Charmed Circle’ of brewery wells. It is the only surviving brewery of over 40 breweries that operated in Edinburgh during the 19th century
  • The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of up to 15,000 volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland. Glasgow 2014’s other official partner level sponsors are Longines, SSE, Virgin Media and BP. For more information on Glasgow 2014’s full sponsor family, please visit
  • For further information please contact Glasgow 2014 Senior Press Officer Stephanie Todd on 030 2014 0166 or Sue Allen, Caledonian Brewery on 0131 337 1286
If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to Stephanie Todd or Sue Allen using the contact details on the press release attached.
Kind regards,
Charlotte Farringdon
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