Best Summer Drinks in The Store
Summer sun (and even rain) calls for the best summer drinks of an evening. A chilled G&T or an iced summer rum perhaps? Or a beer with a little sunshine induced twist? Whichever summer drinks tickle your tastebuds, The Store at Restoration Yard has a tipple for all. Here we showcase some of our favourite local producers of rum, beer, vodka, gin and more. Head in-store to pick up the best summer drinks made locally.
The Top Out Brewery Story
German-born Michael Hopert founded Top Out Brewery after a successful career in whisky retailing. He has been brewing delicious craft beers for the last decade and uses his encyclopaedic knowledge of beer styles and trained palate to create some of the most delicious beers in Scotland.
Michael loves to spend most of his free time in the mountains and as a keen mountaineer and fell runner he has visited most of Britain's walking and climbing regions. Following a move to Edinburgh, Michael created Top Out in 2013. What’s in the name? Well, top out means to finish a route or to reach the top of a mountain. That spirit is reflected in all Top Out bottle and can labels, which feature the contour maps of different Munros and detailing the route to each summit.
Best Top Out Brewery Summer Drinks at Restoration Yard
The Stewart Brewery Story
Stewart Brewing, founded in 2004 by Steve and Jo Stewart, is Edinburgh's original craft beer brewery. It quickly established itself as one of Scotland's most successful and reputable breweries. It began with a line up of of three cask ales. The next natural step was to produce a range of bottled beers and to extend to a range of cask and keg brews to accommodate the more experimental drinker.
Its custom made 10-barrel brewhouse was overwhelmed as growth took hold. So now Stewart Brewing boasts a 50 hectolitre Bavarian brew kit housed in a new custom-built brewery in Loanhead. Perfect for beer tours.
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The NB Distillery Story
Steve and Viv started off experimenting in their home kitchen with a pressure cooker and some old central heating pipes. They admit it was hardly glamorous, but this makeshift ‘still’ was a great way to test hundreds of different botanicals with water to see which worked together the best.
After perfecting their NB gin recipe, they invested in a custom-built still made to our exact specifications by the world’s oldest and most revered still-makers. It was a still that had to be able to precisely replicate their tried and tested recipe. That was when they moved out of their kitchen and into a small unit in North Berwick to continue distilling and growing the product range, which now also includes NB Rum.
Best NB Distillery Summer Drinks at Restoration Yard
The Matugga Rum Distillery Story
Paul and Jacine Rutasikwa draw from their East African roots and soak up the best of Scotland when creating their smooth and beautiful rums. Using the finest ingredients from the easterly region of Africa, their artisan spirits are carefully crafted in Scotland through small-batch copper pot distillation. Their proud heritage, combined with playful innovation, allows them to capture the most adventurous and unique flavours of Africa in their Matugga rums. Their new brand, Liv Rum is a new venture on their journey. Paul explains: "Liv is a celebration of our love for craft rum, of Scotland’s nature, and the nation’s growing commitment to quality, local producers. Liv Rum is the next step in Matugga Distillers’ story, we wanted to create an accessible range of high-quality rums that are of great value and showcase the diversity and flexibility of the spirit.”
Best Matugga Summer Drinks at Restoration Yard
The Hurly Burly Brewery Story
Slow beer. Slow brewed. That is the motto of Hurly Burly brewery. Peter and Louise McNaught have a growing range of bottle conditioned real ales with the emphasis on balance, subtlety and flavour. All are made using local East Lothian base malts and are unfiltered and unpasteurised so as to retain all the complexity and flavour you would expect from a real ale. The result? These tasty bottle-conditioned and cask ales are sooo good.