NSB 2016!

And we're back!

hello FROM the 2016 NSB team, ready to whip up another tasty brew for you all!

WE'VE BEEN KEEPING BUSY AND COOKIN UP SOME BREWSKIS ALREADY!

LAST FRIDAY, WE HAD OUR ONE-OFF BLACK BERLINER WEISSE "VOLCAN WOLF" ON AT THE BLUE BLAZER PUB. THANKS TO ALL THE MASSES THAT SHOWED UP & DRAINED THE KEG IN ONE NIGHT!

STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES & EVENTS FROM THIS YEAR'S NSB TEAM!

  • Euan (Brewman)
  • Dulcie (Sales Wiz)
  • Jonny (Project Master)
  • Tanya (Marketeer)

CHEERS!

Where can I find Bitter Descent?

We're as keen as you are to see our beer pouring on cask and keg! The beer has all been distributed, although it will vary from place to place when the keg or cask will be tapped - follow us on twitter to keep up to date, Otherwise, a full list of stockists below.

Bottle Shops:

Edinburgh

Aberdeen

Glasgow

London

Pubs and bars

available throughout July

Edinburgh

Aberdeen

Glasgow

London

The man behind the monkey

Bitter Descent is finally out there, and as the foam settles on the first 1,000 pints served, we’d like to take some time to thank the man behind the design. Tyrone Stoddart is a graphic designer living and working in Edinburgh, and has been working tirelessly with the team over the last few months to develop the concept, and then roll it out across bottle and can labels, the website, t-shirts, posters, pump-clips and glassware, and has even expanded on it to create labels for one-off brews for festivals and the launch.

Bitter-Descent

He has earned far more than his weight in beer, and the team will be ever grateful.

We like to think the design can be interpreted in a number of ways. Think Adam and Eve, reaching for the forbidden apple from the tree of knowledge, which led to the ‘fall of man’ as opposed to Descent of man, but with a hop-twist. Or ‘Descent’ interpreted as an evolutionary advantage to appreciating bitterness which gave our distant ancestors a competitive advantage (partly nonsense, but it sounds great) through the development of medicine, and utilization of herbs for food preservation… and ultimately beer (which is true of closer ancestors).

We also wanted big and bold, reflecting the beer’s American heritage. Tyrone took illustrations from Darwin’s works (recognize the monkey below?), Darwin’s sketches of phylogenetic trees that mapped human evolution, and inspiration from some of the most iconic American graphic designers of last century, to create Bitter Descent.

To find out more about his work, and to get in touch, click here

Monkey

Countdown to Thursday

Bitter Descent is finally here. This Thursday, come and celebrate this year’s beer from Natural Selection Brewing, with live music from Edinburgh’s own award-winning Blues band, The Blueswater, live jazz, soul/funk music, and plenty of beer, from 7pm until late.

New Amphion and Teviot Lounge, Teviot Row House, Thursday July 2nd, 2015 £8 earlybird until mid-June/£10 on the door – includes first pint and souvenir glass

Entrance includes your first pint, a souvenir pint glass, access to three unique beers before anyone else in the UK – two of which are on for one-night only – and a full evening of entertainment.

Specials

Text-Mex food will be available, the New Amphion will be serving up keg and cans, and the Teviot Lounge will double as our cask bar for specialty brews.

This is the culmination of over six months of work for us, and we’re really proud of the result. Natural Selection Brewing is a collaborative project between the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling, ourselves – MSc students at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh – and renowned Edinburgh brewers Stewart Brewing, and it’s the fifth year of excellent beer. We hope you enjoy it.

Buy tickets here