New IPA is heaven ‘cent’ for Scottish beer lovers

A Scottish craft brewery has launched its first new product of 2020.

‘Heaven Cent’ is a new session IPA and is the debut creation of Lisa Matthews, the newest Brewer at Harviestoun in Clackmannanshire, which has a growing reputation as a modern craft classic.

Heaven Cent takes its name and aroma from the ‘centennial’ hop. It’s a perfectly balanced IPA with beautiful fruity aromas and a citrus tang. As a session IPA, the maltiness and bitterness are perfectly balanced. There is an initial citrus tang on the palate followed by clean, crisp, floral notes and a hint of spiciness.

The new IPA (4.6% vol) is available on draught from selected bars and hotels around Scotland from Wednesday 16th September, including Bridge of Orchy Hotel in Argyll; Forth Inn at Aberfoyle near Stirling; Coopers Bar at Claremont Lodge in Alloa; Farquharsons Bar at Braemar; and The Kirklands Hotel in Kinross. 

Heaven Cent is also be available to buy in a five-litre mini-keg format direct from Harviestoun’s online shop, so people can also enjoy it at home.

Harviestoun is one of Scotland’s most awarded independent breweries and is a pioneering producer of nine other high-quality craft beer and lagers. Its most famous award-winning beer, Schiehallion (pronounced she-hal-ion) pilsner, is named after a well-known mountain in Perthshire. Schiehallion is unique among British beers as being the only current brand to win the coveted ‘World’s Best Pilsner’ award.

Heaven Cent inventor, Lisa Matthews, launched her brewing career at Harviestoun in June 2018 after completing an MSc (Hons) Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University. She has since been promoted to Junior Brewer.

Commenting on her debut craft ale creation, Lisa said: “After months of development with the whole team, I’m so excited that we’re able to launch Heaven Cent in time for Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight. I think it’s fantastic that there are more women taking leading roles in the brewing industry than ever before and I’m really proud to be part of that growing trend, along with my colleague Amy Cockburn, who is Head Brewer at Harviestoun.

“Heaven Cent is made using the centennial hop, which gives it a distinctive citrus tang, as well as clean crisp, floral notes and a hint of spiciness. The centennial hop is also what makes Heaven Cent so completely unique and different from any other product in our range.

“Harviestoun has been brewing in the shadow of the Ochil Hills in Clackmannanshire since 1983, so we were making craft beer in Scotland long before it became a popular trend.”

Harviestoun’s beers are made with the soft local water and the majority of its malt barley is grown within eight miles of the brewery in Alva. Harviestoun remains committed to using the same local ingredients, the same yeast as they always have. They insist on the very best ingredients in their imaginative recipes, which are crafted without compromise. All at Harviestoun respect and celebrate the provenance that they have inherited and are developing this special business with energy and imagination.

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