A new microbrewery aimed at putting Midlothian on the brewing map of Scotland was officially launched last week with big plans for the future.
Cross Borders Brewing Company is the brainchild of Gary Munckton and Jonathan Wilson. Established in May 2016, they are the proud new residents of their ten barrel microbrewery in Hardengreen Industrial Estate, Eskbank. Starting out brewing 3,000 pints a week, they aim to be producing up to 9,000 per week within the next three years.
Head brewer and director Jonathan Wilson said “Since I made the decision to study brewing and distilling at Heriot Watt University, it’s been a dream of mine to start my own brewery.
“We’re very happy with the initial feedback on our beers, they are going down really well, which for a brewer is the ultimate acid test. I’ve got so many ideas in the pipeline and I can’t wait to get brewing our next new beer. ”
Co-founder and director Gary Munckton said “What a journey it’s been so far! We’ve been fortunate to have worked with some truly excellent people in the planning and set up of the business and really value their support.
“Likewise we’ve been delighted with the support from a number of extremely prominent and well-respected pubs and bars in the early days of our business.
“We’re also passionate about giving something back and we look forward to becoming more visible in the local community in the coming months. Every new stockist makes us proud to be setting out in this great industry, and the support it’s shown us is incredible.”
As well as putting Midlothian on the brewing map, Cross Borders is also supporting local producers. It is currently working with a local Midlothian dairy farmer to supply their spent grain to feed the cows and used hops to be used in fertiliser.