Stewart’s: First World Problems

Stewart Brewing was founded in Edinburgh as a local, independent micro-brewery 2004 by Steve and Jo Stewart and was based on two very simple principles, to produce the highest quality ale and beers possible and to provide an exceptional service to its customers. First World Problems is a Craft bottle Special and the recipe was created by James Hardacre, a keen and experienced home brewer, who succeeded in winning The Southern’s home brew competition, a sort of “Best in Show” competition open to amature brewers.

First World Problems is said to be the hoppiest beer ever brewed at Stewart’s. A 6.2% Belgian IPA and it definitely packs a punch. It pours hazy amber with a good pale cream coloured head. Palate is light and crisp and with the addition of five different hops, has powerful and distinct flavours. Minerals, slightly bitter edge with strong marmalade and slight citric peel and spicy hops which all add to well balanced and assertive bitterness on the finish. It I an absolute perfect mix of flavours with a great bitter edge that can be drank all night! I had the opportunity to try this beer for the first time at the Stewart’s Brewery while on a tour and it is the second of 32 new beers on my list of 32 Things. It is soon to be replaced so if you have not tried it I would pick one up soon before they stop making it!

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