The Cromarty Brewing Company is on course to become the latest small brewing success story in Scotland as distribution of its beers builds quickly on both sides of the Border.
It has also been given the seal of approval by ale drinkers' group CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), whose members named its house brew, Happy Chappy, the best in the Highlands this year.
Cromarty's ascent comes as new microbreweries continue to spring up around Scotland, and as established players ramp up their production capacities to meet growing demand at home and abroad.
The family-run Cromarty Brewing Company was founded by Craig Middleton, who graduated with a first class honours degree in brewing and distilling from the University of Edinburgh.
He set up the business, which enjoys its peak sales period during the tourist season, after gaining valuable experience working at the Cairngorm Brewery in Aviemore and the US.
While he concedes the start-up phase and first year of trading were "taxing", the beers quickly built a following in the on and off-trades. Capacity was increased to 128 hectolitres, the equivalent of 22,000 pints, earlier this year to keep up with demand, with 16 brews now carried out every month. That compares with just three when the business first started.
Mr Middleton declined to be precise on actual sales but revealed turnover was in growth.
The brewer said: "The first year was always going to be sticky getting customers, but by our second summer things were looking up. We are still a young company and have only been going since December 2011."
The brewer offers a core portfolio of five brews, in addition to a range of five occasional lines. Its permanent range is led by its best-selling Happy Chappy, an "easy drinking pale ale", and also includes Brewed Awakening, a coffee-infused stout.
While the core range comes in bottle, cask and craft in keg formats, the limited edition beers are sold in draught only.
Mr Middleton said distribution is handled both in house and through third party wholesalers. Customers include Glasgow bars the Bon Accord, named whisky bar of the year last week by the Good Food Guide, and Blackfriars, as well as the Culbokie Inn close to the brewery's premises near Cromarty.
Mr Middleton said the brewer also has a shop on site and is considering moving into online retailing at some stage.