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June debut date for Lockerbie brew

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By Amanda Kennedy
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June debut date for Lockerbie brew

LOCKERBIE’S first born and brewed beers are on schedule to start production by June this year.

Company Galldachd na h-Alba, also known as Lowland Brewing, are converting the former Wilson and Gilston painters and decorators site on Well Street into a brewery.

The man behind the idea is ex-chef Michael Tough, who now runs specialist recruitment agency Chefs in Scotland, based in Moffat.

And now local builder Bud Little has signed up to convert the space into a top of the range brewery.

Mr Tough said: “We are delighted to have been fortunate to have well known Lockerbie builder, Kenny ‘Bud’ Little taking on the building works at the premises in Well Street.

“I am confident that Mr Little will bring a high degree of skill and knowledge to the project which is fantastic.”

He added: “We have set a 12 week time scale for the refurbishment of the building to make it suitable for installation of the 5 BBL Complete Brewhouse which includes a hot liquor tank, a mash tub, brew kettle and assorted other pieces of equipment with which I will become more and more familiar as everything takes shape.

“We hope to have stage one of Lowland Brewing ready by mid to late June this year and to commence commercial brewing thereafter with gin production to follow on later this year.”

The brewery’s three beers Dryfe Blonde, Dryfe Ale and Twa Dugs will be available to be tatse at a special tasting evening tonight at the Mid Annandale Comrades Club from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Meanwhile, the company are in the midst of selling 120 shares of the company, worth £500 each, equivalent to £60,00 and 20 per cent of the company.