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27th June 2014

Sporting heroes help brew up Commonwealth Gold

Scottish Sporting legends Gavin and Scott Hastings “hopped” in to the award winning Caledonian Brewery in Edinburgh this week to add their own inspirational touch during the brewing of Commonwealth Gold, the special limited edition ale that will commemorate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Gavin and Scott, both former Scotland and British Lions legends, will be involved in commentating roles during Rugby Sevens at the Games. The Caledonian, locally known as “The Caley”, is Edinburgh’s oldest Brewery, established in 1869 and Gavin believes Glasgow 2014 is an opportunity for Scotland to showcase its talents and traditions in areas like brewing as well as sport.

“We’re looking forward to seeing World Class athletes and World Class performances at Glasgow 2014. The Games are also an opportunity for Scotland to showcase its world class brewing talents and Commonwealth Gold will we’re sure do just that.”

Andy Maddock, Managing Director of Caledonian said “It’s great to be brewing Commonwealth Gold today, so that pubs and beer drinkers across the UK can share in the celebration and excitement of the Games next month. The limited edition ale, brewed under an agreement with the Organising Committee, has been brewed with ingredients from around the Commonwealth including hops from Australia, England and New Zealand together with malt from local Scottish suppliers; so hopefully truly in the spirit of the Games.”

David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, said ”As a strong supporter of sport and a company with a strong base in Scotland, we are pleased to be working with Heineken to encourage spectators to celebrate responsibly while enjoying the largest and most exciting multi-sport event in Scotland this summer.”

Commonwealth Gold will be on the bar in pubs in the run up to, and during the Games fortnight. Official Glasgow 2014 beer & cider provider, Heineken, will ensure that the special beer is widely available across the UK.

Picture 1: Sporting legends Scott (foreground) and Gavin Hastings lend a hand during the brewing of Commonwealth Gold at the Caledonian Brewery, accompanied by Caledonian MD Andy Maddock.

Picture 2: 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 official partner level sponsors are Longines, SSE, Virgin Media and BP, Emirates and Ford. 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 Caledonian Brewery on 0131 337 1286.

Kind regards,

The Caledonian Brewery Team