Edinburgh's Six Degrees North bar to close
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The Six Degrees North brewery, which was established in 2013 is located in Stonehaven and named for its location relative to Brussels, expanded into the central belt in 2016 after opening bars in Dundee and Aberdeen.
But now sadly the Six Degrees North team are calling time on their Edinburgh outlet, which is on Howe Street. They are also closing their Glasgow bar.
In an open letter to fans, owner Robert Lindsay explained this move saying: "During our time thus far we have brewed countless beers reflecting our personal journey through the fast evolving beer world, opened bars to bring these directly to your doorstep with venues that reflected our style and ethos.
"This has only been possible with the team we built around Six°North, our customers, distributors and the many passionate brewers we have collaborated with over the years. It has been a blast, and it will continue to be.
"I have always been driven to create opportunity for our team and facilitate the delivery of quality beer to as many supporters as is possible.
"I’ve also enjoyed opening the door to something slightly different, beers which are a bit more classical, whilst also evolving within our industry.
"Covid has brought huge challenges for all in our sector, financial instability and emotional & organisational stress. For many this has prompted much sole searching and reflection. It has forced the question, what is really important?
"Six°North is a business that has an international inspiration, but our heart belongs in the North East of Scotland. Our family, friends and the majority of our team are all here.
"What is important to me is that Six°North continues its journey without losing its soul, and continues to offer opportunity and reward to those that have been committed to our business over the last eight years.
"After over twelve months of reflection it’s obvious to me that the current business structure cannot deliver this.
"To achieve this we must take a small step back, consolidate our business in the short term and be in as strong a position as possible as markets and opportunities open up again post-Covid."
The letter continues to explain that they aim to to refocus efforts and operations in the North East - namely their bars there - and will close the Glasgow and Edinburgh bars.
Robert explained the love for these bars and customers, saying: "We have a great love for both of these venues, their brilliant customers, staff and communities surrounding them.
"They are more than just bars, and for that reason we want them to succeed with local operators who can be there every day giving you, our customers, the best experiences possible."
While this is the end of the business's 'central belt adventure', there's still positivity and things to look forward to.
Their beers will still be available across Scotland and the UK and the team are "are very much looking forward to writing the next stage of our adventure."
The Glasgow bar has new tenants but Edinburgh, at the time of writing, does not.