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6th June 2014

The Anderson Launches Alcohol-Free Draught Beer


The Anderson restaurant with rooms in Fortrose in the Scottish Highlands has added another “first” to their achievements by introducing an alcohol-free tap to their legendary array of draught craft beer.


Known for anticipating food & beverage trends since opening the Anderson in Fortrose on the Black Isle in 2003, Jim Anderson introduced a Driver’s Drinks Menu.  This increasingly popular menu addresses the lack of alcohol-free drinks that would complement the vibrant flavours of Chef Anne Anderson’s authentic multi-ethnic cuisine.


“There are a dozen reasons why our customers might not drink alcohol when they dine with us” says Anne, who moved to Scotland from Philadelphia with husband, Jim and their son.

“Medical, religious, ethical, too young, too old, driving, driving the following day, the list is endless.  Why should any of those reasons mean you can’t have a good drink with good food?”


The Driver’s Drinks Menu was introduced on opening day at The Anderson, and featured low-alcohol Scottish and Belgian beers. But as customers yearned for a wider selection, the menu grew quickly to include fruit and herb-infused drinks as well as six alcohol-free beers.


“Nanny State from Brewdog was outselling the rest of the (alcohol-free) beers by quite a margin,” says Jim.  “So I made an arrangement with Brewdog to put a few kegs together for us.  At first, our customers loved the idea of looking like ‘one of the lads’ with a pint of alcohol-free beer.  It’s great to see their reaction once they take a sip everyone is amazed at how much flavour it has.”


Nanny State is a dark pale ale brewed in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, with eight specialty malts and five high-alpha hops. It has more body than many mainstream beers and boasts a modern dose of hop bitterness.  “It proves that you can pack a serious punch regardless of the alcohol strength, and indeed will put any mass-produced bland, fizzy lager to shame,” says Brewdog co-founder James Watt.  Draught Nanny State is available in the UK exclusively at The Anderson and is served in traditional half-pint and pint measures.


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For more information please contact: 

Diana Thompson, Thompson PR 01520 733235

Note to editor;

The Anderson is located in the historic seaside golfing village of Fortrose, on the Black Isle eleven miles north west of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.


The Anderson is Scotland’s original craft beer bar, featuring over 170 craft beers alongside real ale and real cider, since 2003.  260 single-malt whiskies are on offer as well as 130 wines. The menu changes daily and at any time includes authentic recipes from the UK, the Americas, Middle East, Africa and the Far East. In addition The Anderson has its own smokehouse and has introduced a Plate to Plate system wherein all food waste is composted and used in the kitchen garden to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs for the restaurant.  Therefore much of the produce has only travelled a total of one mile which is quite an achievement given the rural location. There are nine en suite bedrooms on the first and second floors of the historic building.


B&B room rates are £60 for a single and £95 for a double/twin per night. Reservations may be made by phoning 01381 620 236.


Recent Awards

Renowned for food, wine, beer and whisky The Anderson has won numerous food and drink awards including;

·         Listed by RateBeer as one of the Best Places in the World to get a Beer

·         Three Scottish Chef’s Awards

·         10 years in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide

·         CAMRA Pub of the Year

·         DRAM Small Bar of the Year

·         Listed in The Independent’s Top 50 Gastro Pubs

·         6 years as Ambassadeur d’Orval

·         4 years as a Whisky Magazine Gold Bar


The menu of authentic international recipes changes daily and The Anderson offers nine en suite rooms.