Campbell's Brewery prepares for first off-trade launch

Campbell’s Brewery has had 2,000 pre-orders for its flagship beer, Gunner Blonde Ale, as the producer prepares to launch the beer into the off-trade.

The Scottish brewer launched the beer into the on-trade seven months ago, and has since secured 100 listings in pubs and restaurants for the draught variant.

The 4.3% abv Gunner Blonde Ale is inspired by the landscape of the Scottish Borders. The beer is made using local malts and traditional hops and it is described as being “refreshing and well balanced”, as well as having smooth but strong biscuit malt flavours and a gentle hop bitterness.

Campbell’s Brewery is an eight-barrel Brewhouse in Peebles that has been operational since February 2017. The business was set up by local entrepreneur Murray Campbell, who is a lawyer by trade but is described as being “no stranger to risk or a good adventure”, and in 2002 he became the youngest Brit to attempt to scale Mount Everest, followed by a mission five years later to cycle across Australia in 20 days. He has also completed the gruelling Marathon de Sable for Mencap.

He said: “When it comes to beer – and I like my beer - I don’t like fuss. I started a brewery to create a series of cask and bottle-conditioned ales that stand out for their quality ingredients and quality production. No jiggery pokery, no complex or madcap inventions, just simple, well-made, great-tasting beer, which I leave in the expert hands of my head brewer Isaac Knowles-Gruft.

“I get enough of an adrenalin buzz these days from the sales and from people’s reaction to the beer that I don’t feel the need any more to push my body to the limit… apart from maybe tearing up the trails at Glentress on the odd occasion!”

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