Alcohol-free brewery in Edinburgh launches first beer

Scotland’s first alcohol-free brewery has this week launched its first beer.

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 5:00 pm
The brew is similar to a balanced IPA

Yardarm Lager, from Edinburgh-based Jump Ship Brewing, is brewed in small batches using natural brewing techniques combining barley, hops and yeast with soft Scottish water, to create the flavour with minimal alcohol.

The beer is gluten-free, vegan and lower in calories than standard beers.

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Sonja started Jump Ship out of a love for beer but a hatred for hangovers

She said the beer is a ‘zesty, biscuity and discretely bitter lager, similar to a well-balanced IPA.’

The launch of the beer comes after a successful crowdfunding campaign, supported by RBS BackHerBusiness, which reached its target in only six days, raising £15,000 in total.

More than 170 people backed the campaign from right across the UK and internationally.

“The yardarm is the edge of the spar on a mast where sails are set. It used to be a tradition in the navy that sailors were given their first ration of rum when the sun reached over the yardarm. ‘Sun’s over the Yardarm’ is a common call out for the first drink of the day.”

Yardarm is available in 330ml cans online via the Drydrinker website and contains 40 calories and less than 0.5% ABV.

At least 10% of the profits from sales of the beer will go to various charities.