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Telling the tale with ale

By Alistair Whitfield

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Culloden Ale
Culloden Ale

A CRAFT brewery from Moray and the National Trust for Scotland have gone into partnership to develop beers that celebrate the nation's history and landscape.

The first beer created by Windswept under the agreement is called Culloden Ale and is now on sale at the battlefield's visitor centre and café.

Others ales planned for the future will be dedicated to Brodie Castle, Glencoe and Inverewe.

Windswept is based in Lossiemouth and is owned by former RAF pilots Al Read and Nigel Tiddy.

Nigel said: “Our brewing techniques require patience, care and attention to detail. From the outset the National Trust for Scotland has embraced our ethos and it has been great to establish this new relationship.

“Being a small independent brewery, we are delighted that such a prominent national organisation is keen to work with local suppliers.

"This has been a true collaboration to ensure that we provided Culloden with the right beer and label design that befits such an important site of Scottish history.”

Al Read and Nigel Tiddy from the Lossiemouth-based Windswept Brewery
Al Read and Nigel Tiddy from the Lossiemouth-based Windswept Brewery

Bart Bukowski, the Trust's regional catering and hospitality manager, said: “Our visitors are increasingly interested in the stories of the food and drink we sell.

"Working with quality local suppliers adds to their experience and enables the Trust to showcase Scotland’s fantastic produce, food and drinks to visitors from near and far.”

Culloden Ale goes on sale to coincide with the opening of Leanach Cottage, the only building remaining on the battlefield site from the time of the Jacobite conflict.

The cottage has recently been renovated and re-thatched and is being used as a location for the exhibition entitled ‘Culloden 300’ - a public consultation by the Trust asking people what Culloden Moor should look like in 2046 – three centuries after the battle.

Leanach Cottage
Leanach Cottage

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