An Edinburgh brewery has been recognised with the top prize at this year’s Scottish Beer Awards as judges commended its strong community ethos.

Bellfield Brewery was first launched by a group of three friends from Portobello in 2015 with the sole objective of creating ‘great tasting beers that were accessible to as many people as possible’.

New product development is said to have been a big focus for the team over the last three years, led by head brewer Keith Robertson.

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Bellfield now boasts a range of over twenty beers from crisp lagers and pilsners to IPAs to ales and stouts which are all vegan and gluten-free.

They also operate a popular taproom and beer garden in Abbeyhill which has been described as a 'hidden gem' due to its tucked-away location at Stanley Place. 

In awarding the ultimate accolade of the night, Scottish Brewery of the Year sponsored by ALDI, the beer awards judges said that Bellfield Brewery had “carefully and systematically developed the brewery with growth in all areas, they have a strong link with community and people, which is the very ethos that beer is based on.” 

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Alistair Brown, founder and CEO of Bellfield Brewery said: “We are over the moon to be recognised as Scottish Brewery of the Year 2023 given the quality and track record of the other finalists.

“For our beers to be consistently winning awards like this from industry experts hopefully demonstrates we are meeting this objective. 

“We have built an amazing team and these awards are testament to their ability, commitment and hard work. Bellfield is all about people.

“We are a Living Wage employer, the team have shares in the business and we support local businesses and community groups whenever possible.

“Our continued growth across all areas of the business has been recognised by the judging panel and this growth is 100% down to the efforts of the whole Bellfield team”. 

For more information on Bellfield Brewery find their website here.