Former Scottish & Newscastle and C&C Group chief executive John Dunsmore has opened a craft brewery in his home city of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Beer Factory is “an unashamedly modern, urban microbrewery” housed in a converted industrial unit in the west of the Scottish capital.

The brewery will be run by Dunsmore, his wife Lynne and his daughter Kirsty, and aims to be inventive, open-minded and playful.

Dunsmore said: “Innovation can happen in big companies, but it happens despite being big, not because of it. I’ve been excited by the creativity and agility I’ve seen in the smaller companies I’ve been working with in the past few years: it’s spurred me on to create something from scratch. With a family-owned business there’s no compromise driven by external shareholder pressure – you can make the right decisions based on strong values and a long term perspective. 

“Scotland can be great if it makes things happen, and this is exactly the right set-up to do just that: small and nimble, young and old, male and female.”

The company’s first brew is Paolozzi, a 5.3% abv lager inspired by Scots-Italian Eduardo Paolozzi, credited as the first standard-bearer for Pop Art.

The beer is to launch in Edinburgh and Glasgow this month, and to expand across the UK next year. 

Edinburgh Beer Factory will open to the public in time for summer 2016.