Cold Town Beer

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Named after the historic nickname for Edinburgh (Cauld Toon, which eventually was shortened to ‘Calton’, like the hill) Cold Town Brewery has been operating since early 2018 and has taken the city by storm. Cold Town is operated by Signature Group, who wanted to open a brewery to complement its portfolio of bars and pubs across Scotland - but after finding a beautiful three-storey venue on the Grassmarket first, which is now home to Cold Town House and its famous rooftop beer garden overlooking the Castle, the team still focused on making the best beer they could possibly brew while they got Cold Town House ready to open to the public. 

Over the first few months, Cold Town trialled its now-famous lager in Signature’s other Edinburgh pubs until the team was confident that it had crafted the perfect pint, with brewing taking place at the Cold Town’s new main base of operations on Dunedin Street. The stunning Cold Town House venue now has a microbrewery on site, which is where all the Cold Town beer that pours at the venue is brewed (poured straight from the tank too, meaning it is as fresh as it could possibly be). This means that the brew site on Dunedin Street is free for brewing the rest of the beer that pours elsewhere, and the products that Cold Town releases in cans for the off-trade. And, following three years of success in Edinburgh, Cold Town is about to expand its brew site for the second time - solely to be able to meet demand for its beers, which have been incredibly well-received. 

Although Cold Town is known for its award-winning pilsner, there are also three other styles in its core range - a NEIPA, a chocolate cake stout, and a Pornstar Martini-inspired passionfruit pale ale. And of course, there are also seasonal beers and special brews to be supped upon, like its Christmas pudding ale, its Proud as Helles lager brewed for Pride 2021 (with proceeds going to Stonewall and other LGBTQI+ initiatives across Scotland), and its special edition of its lager brewed to support The Ben (a charity which helps those part of the Scottish hospitality and licensing trade who are facing financial hardship). If that weren’t enough, the Cold Town House microbrewery also produces venue-exclusive beers which you can’t get anywhere else. 

In what is possibly the most exciting news though, the brewery has embarked on a collaboration with McSweens Haggis, which will be released in time for Burns Night (January 25th, for the non-Scots reading this). The two companies came together to brew a spicy, peppery, earthy pale ale with McSweens’ secret spice blend, which means the beer will be perfect for drinking with your Burns Supper/while reciting Address to a Haggis/to sup alongside your mandatory dram. 

While many breweries are looking at the new year as a chance to do something different, build up an exciting roster of events, or expand their ranges with new experimental beer releases, Cold Town is keeping it simple - its motto is that it doesn’t want to be all things to all people, the team just wants to make accessible, sessionable beer. 2022 will see the brewery keep doing what has brought it so much success so far, and the overall hope is to broaden its reach and get beer into the hands of thirsty drinkers across the country - Cold Town is now available through the likes of New Wave, Dunns and Beers of Europe, and its website is also replete with goodies such as merch and its seasonal and special brews as well as multipacks of its core beers. 

Cold Town is definitely one to watch, and having won multiple accolades at 2021's Scottish Beer Awards, 2022 is going to be its best year yet. 

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