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Tom Kitchin collaborates on beer with Isle of Skye Brewing

Published:  21 August, 2015

Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin has entered the craft beer market in partnership with Isle of Skye Brewing.

The collaboration has led to the creation of Yer Ben, a 5.5% abv ale named in honour of Kitchin's grandfather Ben Robinson.

The bottled beer is being sold at The Scran & Scallie - the Edinburgh gastropub Kitchin runs with fellow Michelin star chef Dominic Jack ­- and in the brewery's shop. Both businesses are also selling it online with an rrp of £3.35 for a bottle.

Kitchin worked on the beer with Isle of Skye brewers Pam MacRuary and Mags Newlands, both former chefs.

Kitchin said: "My grandfather really inspired me to carefully consider the quality and condition of beer, so I've always worked hard to seek out the very, very best. Since opening The Scran & Scallie in 2013, we have sought out the finest artisan beer producers and The Isle of Skye ales have proved hugely popular.

"I'm fanatical about the quality, locality and freshness of the ingredients that go into every dish I serve and I'm no less passionate and committed to knowing all about the origins of the drinks we serve and enjoy."

Isle of Skye Brewing managing director Kenny Webster, added: "Working with Tom felt like a natural fit. He's been part of the process throughout, exploring our home in Skye, working with our brewers, developing the recipe and really immersing himself every step of the way.

"The final product reflects his taste, personality and passion for Scotland, matched with the expertise of our brewers and the produce we have access to in Skye."