Motion highlights county success at beer awards

The success of local brewers Belhaven and Eyeball at this year’s Scottish Beer Awards has been celebrated at Holyrood in a motion tabled by Iain Gray MSP.

Mr Gray’s motion congratulates the two brewers on their successes at last week’s awards, which included Belhaven’s Twisted Grapefruit IPA being named Scottish Beer of the Year.

Speaking about the awards success, Iain Gray MSP said:

“I visited Belhaven and Eyeball over the summer and it’s great to see them enjoying this success and further enhancing East Lothian’s reputation as a centre of excellence for the food and drink sector.

“They are different in many ways, with Belhaven being a large, well-established business set to celebrate its 300th anniversary next year, while Eyeball is very much the ‘new kid on the block’ and still a fairly small operation. However, they share a commitment to innovation and to getting the best out of fantastic local natural ingredients.

“I was very pleased to table this motion acknowledging their achievements at the awards and wish everyone associated with both businesses continued success.”

The full text of Mr Gray’s motion is as follows:

Title: East Lothian Success at Scottish Beer Awards for Belhaven and Eyeball

Motion Text:

That the Parliament congratulates the brewers, Belhaven and Eyeball, which are both in East Lothian, on their success at the Scottish Beer Awards 2018; understands that the Dunbar-based Belhaven Brewery won the Beer of the Year title for its Twisted Grapefruit IPA, which was also awarded gold in the Best Fruit Forward category; notes that it won the Exporter of the Year award, had two finalists in the Best British Style Ale category, with its 80 Shilling taking silver, had a further two finalists in the Best Stout category and one each in the Best Pale Ale and Best Fruit Forward sections; acknowledges that Eyeball Brewing, which is in West Barns, had two finalists in the Best Lager or Pilsner category, Eyeball Yellow and Eyeball Black, with the Yellow being awarded silver; congratulates all at Belhaven and Eyeball on their success, and praises both businesses and all of the other winners and finalists.