Scottish Borders Brewery in foraging recipe plans

Scottish Borders Brewery owner John Henderson offers some refreshment to forager Scott Wight. Picture: Contributed
Scottish Borders Brewery owner John Henderson offers some refreshment to forager Scott Wight. Picture: Contributed
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THE Scottish Borders Brewery is drafting in home brewers and a foraging expert to help it create a range of beers made using wild berries, herbs and plants.

The Jedburgh-based “plough-to-pint” brewery is asking home brewers to help it test out recipes for the new beers, with Miles Irving, author of the Foragers Handbook, advising on the “wild harvest” project.

The scheme has received a £13,000 grant from lager-maker Tennent Caledonian through its Caledonian Best Seed Fund.

John Henderson, owner of the Scottish Borders Brewery, who is pictured serving forager Scott Wright, said: “We are a farm-based brewery making beers using our own home-grown barley and for us this is an extension of our efforts to bring new, exciting and natural products to the real ale market.

“Ultimately we want to launch six beers over the next 12 months flavoured with products foraged from the Scottish countryside and the collaboration of home-brewers and foragers will be critical to making this a success.”