Brewer bids to turn wild plants into beer

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A Borders microbrewer is aiming to produce a new range of beers made from a variety of naturally foraged products.

Scottish Borders Brewery, which has just celebrated its second anniversary with the sale of its 500,000th pint, has launched a new website, www.wildharvestscotland.com, to enable volunteer foragers and home brewers to register an interest in becoming involved.

Foragers will be encouraged to gather a wide range of plants, herbs and berries that will then be trialled by both the Scottish Borders Brewery and the home-brewers to discover which flavours work best in brewing as part of an open experiment.

John Henderson, owner of the Jedburgh-based microbrewer , explained: “We are a farm-based brewery making beers using our own home-grown barley, and for us this is an extension of our efforts to bring new, exciting and natural products to the real ale market.

“Ultimately we want to launch six different beers over the next 12 months flavoured with products foraged from the Scottish countryside and the collaboration of home-brewers and foragers will be critical in making this a success.”

Scottish Borders Brewery will work on the project in partnership a community woodland group. The new range of ales will be titled Wild Harvest reflecting their foraged origins.