As the title says - we're an independent craft brewery - we're available in 32 countries & we're the number 1 craft lager in Scotland, our home country & the no 1 imported craft beer in Canada.

This week we launched a crowdfunding campaign - it's our 3rd - this one is called Beer Money (we tip our collective hats to r/beermoney). And unveiled plans for building Edinburgh's biggest brewery in over 150 years - you can see some images here: https://imgur.com/a/mym354Q

I'm here for the next few hours so AMA! Proof: https://twitter.com/innisandgunn/status/1194668727855439874

[Edit 18:48 - I'll be here at 19.00 to answer any questions. Feel free to AMA now!] [Edit 19.01 - thanks for your q's, we're starting!]

[Edit 20.21 - thanks so much for all your questions - i'm away for my tea just now - i'll check back when I can & reply]

I've really enjoyed this - I'll check back & answer any additional questions when I can - thanks for your time!

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palegreenstar17 karma

Congratulations on your success! What other breweries and brewmasters inspire you?

InnisandGunnBeer14 karma

I love all beer it’s just always about the occasion for me and what beer goes well with what I’m doing at the time but I particularly love Timothy Taylors landlord I love steam whistle in Canada and I love the Ossian brand which is a bit of a cheat as we bought in 2016 just because I love it so much probably

shephi4310 karma

Hi, I'm a big fan and I've just made my first ever investment with you!

Is it true that originally the brand was going to be called "Gunn and Innis" but you changed it because it sounds too much like Guinness?

Congrats on the success, I'm excited for the new brewery to be built!

InnisandGunnBeer15 karma

Thank you so much for investing in us I can’t wait to show you your name on the brewery wall over a beer! It was never going to be Gunn & Innis because I knew that the guys from Guinness would be right on the case with the lawyers. It’s a great brand but we just don’t wanna have that sort of fight

Yoguls8 karma

I absolutely love the bourbon barrel scotch ale. I don't suppose you have a couple of free cases you could send my way do you?

Have you got any new ales in the pipeline you can tell us about?

InnisandGunnBeer13 karma

Hic...I’ve just drank the last bottle of bourbon Porter, sorry about that but I’m sure you local liquor store have got some. Thank you so much for your kind words though it’s great to hear from people who love our beer.

We’ve got some amazing beers coming next year. An amber ale matured in Islay whiskey barrels, beer matured in a Canadian rye whiskey barrel and also will be unveiling or new quarter cask project where you can actually buy a barrel of original which we're going to mature in our barrel store for up to 3 years and then we're going to bottle and send it to you.

KarlosisKing7 karma

Got any jobs going? Would love to be part of a exponentially growing company

InnisandGunnBeer8 karma

The new brewery is going to create up to 30 jobs in the next two years so if you love great beer and you love Innis & Gunn then send us your CV

Chtorrr6 karma

What would you most like to tell us that no one ever asks about?

InnisandGunnBeer18 karma

Top tip when you pour beer with a proper head I promise you it will taste better and smell better and if you don’t believe me get two nice glasses and pour half your beer into one with a flat head & pour the other half with a lovely foamy head and then stick your nose in and smell and taste and I promise you, you will know the one that tastes better

two_footed5 karma

Hi Dougal,

Thanks for doing this. As one of the 17 people in Scotland who hasn’t decided to pinch one of your iconic pint glasses from a pub, I like to feel I’ve helped to contribute to Innis & Gunn’s growth.

Whilst not being a massive fan of your barrel/cask aged range, your ‘Mangoes on the Run’ beer was really nice, and was only matched in its taste by the name.

Are there any plans to make this more widely available around bars in Scotland? And are there plans to make more experimental/limited edition brews in the new brewery?

InnisandGunnBeer8 karma

I really wouldn't mind you pinching a glass!

Mangoes is around for good. It’s got a lot of fans out there so we do want to get it in more bars. It is in supermarkets so you can get it there. Ask the pubs you visit to get it on too! For experimental brews – we do have a micro brewery in Glasgow’s Arches. They are always small batch (recently Raspberry Ripple Sour/Marshamallow oreo stout), you can try them at the Arches or our taprooms. Definitely with a new brewery we have more freedom to let all our brewers get creative!

GavMcD913 karma

Hi Dougal - Big Fan, big collector (must be sitting at 45+ different bottles/cans etc. so far - but not counted recently).

I was able to attend the first AGM down in London 2 years ago, but have missed the last 2 due to now living down here and unable to come up due to work commitments.

So the main question would be - for those people that have invested previously (and have again), is there any plans to ensure they can access some of the exclusive beers that only get sold in the Tap Rooms/in Scotland? I.e, The Apricot IPA - I can't get up to Scotland, but hate missing out on these exclusives.

Just wondering if there's ways of getting our hands on these when we're not in Scotland? Cheers.

InnisandGunnBeer6 karma

I feel your pain! And thanks for your investment. Let me have a think about the best way of bringing an AGM type event south for all our community there. Sorry you haven't been able to make it & try the small batch stuff. The new brewery will make it easier for us to bottle/keg our smaller batch stuff too - so we can definitely do something there.

Somhlth3 karma

Hi Dougal. Thanks for being here. Love your beer here in Canada. Where did you learn to become a master brewer?

InnisandGunnBeer5 karma

I was lucky enough to start learning beer making age 14 with my dad where I worked with him at Caledonian Brewery at weekends and school holidays. He then sent me to Timothy Taylors in Keighley England where I learned all about the importance of good ingredients and balancing flavour in beer.

When I started brewing my own beers honestly the first few were an absolute disaster the taste was terrible and unfortunately we let them out to the public and this and they told me. But luckily, I’ve got it fixed and I kept at it and eventually I got quite good with making beer.

prenticeb3 karma

Will you be launching any non alcohol beers similar to Innis and None in the future?

InnisandGunnBeer8 karma

Watch out for our alcohol free lager which is coming next year I’ve been working on it for 12 months and gave up drinking to create it so that it tastes as good as it could possibly be for people who don’t wanna drink alcohol Or don’t drink

prenticeb2 karma

Sounds great! Can see the AF category growing in the next few years. I've just invested with the company and really love what you guys are doing. Would love to be able to interact more with the company and like minded beer lovers through a Forum. Anyway best of luck and thanks for taking the time to answer our questions

InnisandGunnBeer6 karma

Great idea - we have been thinking about the easiest online forum for all our community to chat to each other. Thanks so much for investing - we'll see you at our next event! We want to be as accessible as we can be for everyone that wants to interact so please do reach out in whichever way best suits you

TheGuyFromGothenburg3 karma

What inspired you to start?

InnisandGunnBeer14 karma

I was inspired to start Innis & Gunn because I was completely pissed off with the way the British beer scene was back in 2002 everything looked the same, taste the same, looked the same. And I just wanted to do something different that might change up the market up and so we launched the Original which I think did that and things began to change in the market.

Tarheel67933 karma

I love Innis and Gunn! Did you know that you're one of British Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay's favorites? His pub restaurants actually recommend it paired with his fish and chips.

InnisandGunnBeer13 karma

yes! I taught Gordon to brew back in 2008, for one of his UK TV shows. We built a brewery in his back garden - you can imagine the swear words that went with that. Gordon Ramsay's love of food & flavour is infectious - it was brilliant

Nategg3 karma

Do you have gluten free in the pipeline? I like Damm's Daura

Any low cal beer, like a skinny brand?

Any tips on getting rid of a beer belly?

InnisandGunnBeer9 karma

Beer belly just means there's more of you to love! Alcohol free is the focus just now - we have been trialling some GF beers but it'll likely be 2021 before we release anything. It's been inspired by my friend's son, Zack, who has diabetes. I want to make something that he can enjoy, once he's old enough to enjoy it.

400KVBreaker3 karma

Will Brexit impact your exports in any notable way or are the majority of your ingredients and products sourced and shipped throughout the UK?

InnisandGunnBeer12 karma

Oh God already the Brexit question, Jesus, most of our materials are sourced in the UK and we ship most of our goods out to Canada and the USA we do have small business in Europe but it’s not massive.

400KVBreaker3 karma

I know, sorry. I'm a big fan of your beer and am just hoping nothing changes once that's all settled.

InnisandGunnBeer7 karma

We've got no plans to change anything - we're concentrating on good beer!

400KVBreaker3 karma

Awesome, glad to hear it. Regarding your new brewery, will you guys have your own private substation supplying electricity to it?

InnisandGunnBeer3 karma

yes we will - a big shiny one!

StereoTypo3 karma

Ever plan on bringing the winter treacle porter Innis and Gunn back? That stuff was magical!

InnisandGunnBeer6 karma

I agree - it was one of my favourites. I'm hoping to bring it back some time soon...

ardmory2 karma

Not too familiar with craft beer. How would you persuade me that I should switch to a craft beer from, say, a pint of London Pride from a well kept cellar?

InnisandGunnBeer6 karma

A pint of London Pride from a well kept cellar is outstanding - i love that. Our Original, for eg, is a very different drink for a different occasion - try it, to see if it suits your style. I think it's about finding what you like for what occasion

phedre2 karma

I have to admit I’ve never tried your beer, but now I’m intrigued.

What would you recommend for someone new to your brand who normally sticks to barrel aged sours and saisons?

InnisandGunnBeer5 karma

Grab a bottle of our Original - get it chilled right down - pour into a big red wine glass - sit down - feet up - sip - savour - enjoy!

teekay612 karma

Further to you answer on pouring a good head, what's the best way to do this? Is it all about glass angle or are there any trade secrets?

InnisandGunnBeer5 karma

Keep the glass on a table, pour the beer into the centre of the glass - don't worry about too much foam - you can drink that. It feels more natural the more you do it. it just give it a lovely experience with a foamy head.

AnotherDrunkCanadian2 karma

Ach my fellow Scotsman!

I'm a recently transplanted Canadian, having relocated to merry old Tahiti. Innis & Gunn have been a favourite of mine, particularly their stouts.

I have not been able to find your products over here. Is there anything we could possibly do about that?? I mean, Hinano is great and everything, but it just doesn't put hair under your kilt.

InnisandGunnBeer2 karma

I'll bet you're certainly warmer in Tahiti than we are in Edinburgh this morning! I'll do my best to get some of our beer your way.

WetBiscuitMonkeyLube2 karma

What's one unknown fact that people should know about beer?

InnisandGunnBeer5 karma

I’m not sure how little known it is, but people are always surprised to find out how similar making beer & making whisky are

bobthepomato2 karma

What beer other then your own brand do you enjoy?

And yes I must gush I absolutely love all your products I’ve tried!

InnisandGunnBeer3 karma

Thanks, it's so nice to hear! I enjoy Timothy Taylor's Landlord & I love Steam Whistle in Canada

honestdom2 karma

Hey Dougal, Congrats to you and Neil on the success of I&G. Would you ever consider an collab with Caledonian Brewery? Seems like beer collaborations happen all the time these days. You'd probably sell loads. ;)

InnisandGunnBeer5 karma

We do love a good collab at I&G – I mentioned some we’ve done earlier – we are always open to creating something new & exciting. It would definitely need to be something a bit different!

Ithidor2 karma

As a Muslim, well you're an alcohol company. As a socialist, big business has ruined every industry, and anyone chipping away at it and trying to implement smaller-scale production is on the right side. As a Redditor, it's also nice to see a company like you reaching out like this, rather then just some corporate marketing team. So, rather then ask about the beer, I'd like to ask, what are you doing to differentiate your image and make you fit into that mold of a "craft brewery" outside of just the technical process? Would you say you've ever been in a situation where corners could've been cut for profit but you did the humane or sustainable thing instead?

InnisandGunnBeer4 karma

Good question – I think it’s really hard to put a definition on what the ‘craft brewery’ market it, especially in the UK where it’s not as established as North America. We don’t really worry about trying to fit into a mould of craft, I’m sure there are some people who will tell you we are not craft, or not crafty enough & that’s fine by us. We’ll focus on our beer. Because of the way we currently operate, we don’t always have as much control over all our processes as we would like. This is what we’re looking to change with our brewery project, we want to make sure that corners are not cut in the name of profit – long term, that just affects your product/beer.

Ithidor2 karma

Thanks for answering! Good luck to you guys

InnisandGunnBeer1 karma

Thank you!

waitingfordos2 karma

What were you thinking with the strength of the rum cask beer?! Had a few bottles and could barely stand up haha

Great beers guys been drinking I&G for 10 years, love that I can buy it in aldi now

InnisandGunnBeer3 karma

Blood red sky isn’t even the strongest one – you should try Vanishing Point! But really, it’s not a session beer, it’s more a slow paced, enjoyable drink – hope you liked it! Glad you’re finding us in your supermarket too- cheers.

4Blu2 karma

Are you still planning to open the new brewery on Heriot-Watt's campus?

InnisandGunnBeer4 karma

I'm really hoping to make an announcement on this really soon. I can't wait to share the location...that's all I can say for now.

The_Commissioner1 karma

How does this effect Inveralmond Brewery?

InnisandGunnBeer1 karma

There's no plans at all to make any changes at Inveralmond Brewery. They will continue to make the fantastic real ales they do now.

InnisandGunnBeer2 karma

I can't wait to announce the location - hopefully soon! Just not yet...that's all I can say for now

The_edref2 karma

Please, if it in't already, move into one of the empty places near fountain park. Would be so close to my flat.

Love all the beers I've had of yours by the way. Original was one of the first great beers I had, and is still one of my absolute favorites

InnisandGunnBeer2 karma

That area has a great brewing history! And at least you're close enough to Lothian Rd, if you wanted to visit the Taproom for exclusive beer. Delighted you love the Original as much as I do.

superflousman782 karma

Guinness or Lagavulin?

InnisandGunnBeer3 karma

I do like both. If i had to pick just one - probably Guinness

BeerDocPHL2 karma

I was visiting Edinburgh this summer and had your Cola Stout at the brew pub there. It’s not available here in the US, or outside the brewery. But it tastes AMAZING! What ingredient(s) gives it the cola taste (I’m a home brewer)? Also, any plans to release this Cola stout more widely?

InnisandGunnBeer5 karma

That's awesome you were across and visited and our Tap Room. Whilst i agree, the Cola Stout was absolutely delicious i couldn't tell you what was in it because myself and another brewer made it after a big night out a few months ago! You can find our beers in lots of liquor stores across the USA!

Aar0nTNT2 karma

Oh damn. Coincidentally my aunt took me to one of your restaurants for the first time when I was up in Dundee last weekend with (again coincidentally) my friend Innis. I'll say, considering you were out of most food that day (Sat 9th) you must be doing well. Food is really good. Only had a 1/2 pint of apple cider but it was really nice.

Why did you decide to open up a chain of restaurants instead of just being a brewery?

It's a great idea and seems to be doing you very well. Only really posting on here cause of all the coincidences I keep experiencing with your business. Well done on building such a successful business!

InnisandGunnBeer4 karma

We wanted to open bars to create a place for our fans to experience our beer, our hospitality and our brand first hand - and to win new fans. p.s. don't believe in coincidences - that's the universe telling you to drink more Innis & Gunn!!!

GavMcD912 karma

Using this opportunity as best I can with another question...

Your marketing campaigns, both in Scotland and Online have been amazing these last few years - it's clear that you've really focused on this in a big way.

Unfortunately (and I try to educate them), a lot of friends, colleagues etc. down with me in London just aren't aware of the brand. Now I know it's a much harder city to tap into, target, grow in etc. - due to the vast number of competitors, sheer volume of brands, size of the city and just - cost.

But just wondered if you could shed any more detail on the marketing campaigns, how you feel they have gone, what the plans are moving forward and if the South is going to be a target area? Or - due to the Brewery, is it very much a case of look to Edinburgh and Scotland for the next few years and really cement yourselves as the kings up there?

Thanks.

Gav

InnisandGunnBeer4 karma

Thanks for the kind words! Our first focus is always on brewing great beer - with originality. And being original is also something we try to bring through into our marketing and communications; we listen to our drinkers and our fans and we try to put them at the heart of what we do, as well as trying to have some fun with it all.

Our beers are widely available in supermarkets in England, and London. And of course, the more you ask for it, the more it gets stocked!

Scotland is our heartland and will always be a big focus for us, but over time we want to turn England into a nation of Innis & Gunn fans too!

gazilla2 karma

Thanks for doing this! It seems from some of the posts on twitter that the overseas markets get some different beers that aren’t available in Scotland. Is there a reason that these wouldn’t be available everywhere? Also do you ever see yourself doing collaborations with other breweries? If so who’s your top pick? Cheers

InnisandGunnBeer5 karma

Because of pricing/strengthen of beer in can be more difficult finding a market for them in the UK - though we would love to sell them to people. We do add them to our online shop for people that are wanting to try something a little different.

We do get involved collabs - recently Acid Brewing Cartel - which was hugely popular.

I love the idea of a collab with people, not necessarily in the beer world, but with distillers or designers (we recently worked with 4 brilliant Scottish designers on things like a watch, chocolate, radio, jacket!) I like the idea of doing something that might not be expected.

gazilla3 karma

Thanks for the reply. I’ve been invested in Innis & Gunn since I had my first bottle of original. The beer that got me into craft beer! Invested in each round and have happily done so again I somehow missed the acid brewing cartel collab so will need to hunt that one down. Loved the initiative with the Project Ampersand and thought products looked fantastic at the AGM. Just cracked open an old bottle of original I was saving (original original!) so here’s to you and the new brewery! Can’t wait to have a pint with you in the new brewery! Slàinte mhath! 🍻

InnisandGunnBeer1 karma

Thanks for your continued support - it means a lot.
We did have the Acid Brewing collab available at the AGM - it was very limited, draught only & very pink - a great colour. There's a video on YouTube you can look out about it!

mudanjel2 karma

Are you planning on using wind energy or another form of renewable energy? I don't know much about the subject but I saw another brewery was trying to do that. I'm just curious because your proposed building looks so modern like it wants to keep up with the times.

InnisandGunnBeer7 karma

We're working with Scot Gov advisers to calculate/assess our carbon impact as it is now & then looking at how we might reduce that in the new brewery. We will do everything we can afford to do this. We're 100% behind reducing the impact that we have on the environment.

Scotland is huge for renewable energy - so I think we're in a good place, based here.

GhostVanguard1 karma

Dude I love Innis&Gunn! It's my all time favorite beer! What's up with Budweiser/eagle distributors in Tennessee? They're the whole reason we can't get it over here anymore. Also is there any way to order y'alls beer online and get it shipped to my house?

Congrats on the new brewery and thanks for helping make the greatest beer on the planet!

InnisandGunnBeer2 karma

Cheers to that!
Sorry to hear you're struggling to find us. Have you tried searching on here: http://www.unitedstatesbeverage.com/brand-finder/

FeedMyDopenose1 karma

Craft beer in mass production, largest brewery, 32 countries..what makes you a craft brewery rather than a Heineken competitor in the works?

InnisandGunnBeer4 karma

Craft brewing is not about size, but about attitude. Heineken make some great beers, but we do things differently. Just try a glass of our Lager or a glass of our Blood Red Sky and that will answer your question. Enjoy!

All_Things_Vain1 karma

Awesome!

Are you familiar with Chainlink?

InnisandGunnBeer2 karma

As in the fence found at industrial facilities?

MesWantooth1 karma

Hi Dougal, I love each and every one of your beers and am ecstatic that it's a big seller in my country. My ancestry is Scottish and I plan to visit 'the homeland' soon - when do you hope your new brewery be complete (so I can time my visit)? What else do you recommend I see in the area?

InnisandGunnBeer1 karma

Can't wait to welcome you back to the homeland! If you're planning your trip for 2021 then we should be able to welcome you to our brewery. There's a lot to see in Edinburgh & Scotland both r/Edinburgh & r/Scotland have loads of tips. I love the Perthshire countryside where Inveralmond Brewery is located, you should definitely add that area to your list.

bestminipc1 karma

do you know what's the best rating site for beer and/or wine?

InnisandGunnBeer1 karma

It really depends where you are based. Here in the UK untappd is huge (also on here r/untappd) - a great community where everyone share their thoughts on what they're drinking.