The brewer has created a new pilot brewery at its 146-year-old Edinburgh site, which will create a range of bold and experimental beers.
Caledonian managing director Andy Maddock stressed that the craft beers produced in the pilot brewery (pictured below) will not be limited to special editions but will become a core part of the business, with plans for successful beers to be scaled up and produced in the main brewery.
Maddock told the Publican’s Morning Advertiser: “The pilot brewery allows us to act quickly and be fleet of foot, which drives innovation. We are constrained by the size of the minimum brew in our main brewery, which makes it difficult to try new recipes without a large amount of wastage. With the new pilot brewery, we can start testing on a small scale, which allows us to lock recipes down before scaling them up to the main brewery.
“Modern craft beer has exploded into the UK and we felt it was the right move and the right thing to invest in. We felt it was the right move and the right thing to invest in.”
Maddock also predicted that the craft market, which up until now has been dominated by American brewers, will start to become more global in the next five years.
Caledonian’s new craft range will be available in the on and off-trade in England and Scotland.