A husband and wife team from Baldernock have launched two beers they invented at the Glasgow Real Ale Festival last weekend.
Mark Hazell (53) and wife Alison set up micro-brewery Jaw Brew, which is named after the old miller’s cottage they live in called ‘The Jaw’, and they have produced two beers that showcased at the ale festival at The Briggait.
Alison said: “Our house was built as far as we know in the early 1700s, but the exact origins of the name are not recorded. However, thanks to the internet we discovered that the word Jaw in ancient Scots means ‘a wave’ or ‘to pour’. There is a line in The Poems of the Sempills of Beltrees sometime before 1706 which reads “Wha’ll jaw ale on my drouthy tongue?” – that basically sealed it for us.”
Mark decided to follow his dream after he took voluntary redundancy in January this year from the IT company he worked at. He has always been a keen home-brew enthusiast so decided to ploughed some of his redundancy money into this new business venture. The results were on show for everyone to taste at the weekend.
Alison (54) and a chartered surveyor, said: “The micro-brewery is based in Hillington and we are hoping to get local pubs interested over the next couple of weeks such as The Burnbrae, Tickled Trout and The Stables.
“Because we are new to the market, we need to gauge demand, although initial interest is good.
The two beers that the couple has brewed are called Drop and Drift.
Drop is a pale, hoppy, session ale, which they say is perfect for summer. Drift on the other hand is a golden ale with a bit more body and what is described as “a less forward hop profile.”
Mark conducted months of research on expanding his home-brewing business and saw that while Edinburgh had a couple of dozen small breweries close by, there were not very many near Glasgow.
Alison added: “Many friends praised the beer he brewed at home, at least to the extent of saying they would be willing to pay for a pint of it were it being served in a pub, so he started refining his recipes in anticipation of ‘going commercial’. Two of these received particularly good reviews in trials and so were chosen as the Glasgow Real Ale Festival launch candidates.”
The logo the couple selected was a wave – one meaning of Jaw - within a representation of a whale’s jawbone arch, like the one at Bragar on the Isle of Lewis.
The brewing process uses soft Scottish water and premium malt, hops and yeast.