71 Brewing unveils flagship brew

Nine months since receiving planning permission to convert a former industrial building in Dundee into the city centre’s first brewery for nearly 50 years, 71 Brewing has unveiled its flagship brew: 71 Lager.

Modelled very closely on a Bohemian Pilsner using Czech hops and British pilsener malt, 71 Lager is worthy of its association to its famous European cousin because of the unique low mineral content of the water in Dundee.

Founder and head brewer Duncan Alexander said: “When I said that there was something in the water in Dundee, I wasn’t just alluding to the real cultural and economic metamorphosis that’s going on in the city, of which we want to play a part. There is literal truth in that statement.

“When we had samples analysed of the water we’re using at the brewery, we found very clear similarities between it and the traditional Pilsen water, which is soft, free from most minerals and low in bicarbonates. This results in a very clean, fresh and crisp lager. A result for us too as we’ve not had to treat the water at all – totally natural.”

The lager has been inspired by the lager brewing traditions of central and eastern Europe and is aimed at everyday men and women. The design for 71 Brewing and its lager was created by Fleet Collective in Dundee and takes its cues from the brickbuilt building, which is the last surviving element of the former Blackness foundry.

With £650,000 funding obtained from Scottish Enterprise, Regional Selective Assistance and The Scottish Investment Bank, as well as private investment, Alexander and his business partner, Mark Griffiths, secured planning permission in March to convert the building. The brewery will open later this month to the public with an on-site taproom and off licence due to open later in the year.

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