| Keith, United Kingdom|
| Lewis Shand, John McKenzie|
Brewmeister is a Scottish brewery based in Keith, Moray. It was founded in 2012, and has subsequently grown to export worldwide.
Brewmeister (brewery) Wikipedia
The brewery began life on a farm in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire with a student loan. The first beer produced was Armageddon, which the company claimed in press releases was the world's strongest beer at 65% alcohol by volume (ABV). Some batches of the beer were incorrectly manufactured to a strength of 15.2% ABV.
In 2013, Brewmeister replaced Armageddon with a stronger beer called Snake Venom claiming 67.5% ABV, and put a warning label on the bottle advising consumers to only drink one per sitting. It retailed at £50 for a 275ml bottle. Brewmeister claimed that the beer "tastes like a liquor and has a whole host of different flavours, ranging from bubblegum to caramel." However, Guinness Book of Records still consider the strongest beer ever sold the Brewdog's "The End of History" with 55% ABV.
In March 2014, the company announced they would move to new facilities at the Isla Bank Mills in Keith and quadruple beer production while in May of the same year, the company won the BQ Scottish Business Award for Export. Richard Lochhead, member of Scottish Parliament for Keith, said that the move would be "a successful addition to Moray's strong food and drinks sector." The brewery currently employs 13 people.
The strength of the beer comes from fractional freezing, which involves cooling the beer to a low temperature to the point where water freezes but alcohol does not. The ice is then removed, leaving a higher percentage of alcohol behind. The company claims to use natural spring water for brewing and claims to use unusual ingredients in their beers. In 2014, they announced that 90% of their product was being exported.
In early 2014, an article arose on an online blog written by Richard Taylor of the Edinburgh-based Beercast, which claimed Brewmeister had knowingly sold batches of Armageddon which were not the strength advertised. Taylor also wrote several other articles criticising the brewery. In October 2014 it emerged that Taylor had previously worked on a contract basis for BrewDog, another Scottish brewery. There is, however, no evidence to suggest that this impacted or influenced upon his writing for his own personal blog. Taylor admitted "one of my long-standing contracts has been with the aforementioned BrewDog, writing posts on their website, pieces for Hop Propaganda, label copy etc."
In 2014, Brewmeister re-launched following the formation of a Board of Directors which came about after Brewmeister was partially bought by a syndicate of Scottish business figures. This included Scott Carnegie, a former Chairman of Dundee United Football Club. Brewmeister also received investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Investment Bank. Scottish Enterprise are also holders of shares in the company.