The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 18 July 2008

Ayrshire cattle enjoy their bevvy

By: Susan Christie

LIFE just got a whole lot better for the cows at Foreside Farm near Beith in Ayrshire.

That’s because the grain they tuck into each day is now supplied by the Glasgow-based WEST Brewery, Bar & Restaurant, the first UK brewery to produce all of its beers in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot, known as the German Purity Law.

Perhaps that helps explain why the cows at Foreside Farm always seem to be so hungry of late!

WEST brewery owner Petra Wetzel said: “We only use the four core ingredients of water, malt, hops and yeast in brewing all our beers, adding no artificial additives, colouring or preservatives. That means that the spent grain we are left with at the culmination of our brewing process is ideal for use as fodder for livestock.

“We’re extremely environmentally conscious at WEST and are constantly seeking to recycle and re-use whenever possible, so, when the opportunity arose, we jumped at the chance to supply all our spent grain to Foreside Farm for free.

“I suppose you could call it a win/win/win scenario. We benefit, by reducing our waste, Foreside Farm owner Michael Whiteford benefits, by receiving free food stock, while the biggest beneficiaries of all are obviously the cows themselves, who now tuck into their grain with renewed relish!”

WEST produces a full range of beers, from cool, crisp lagers, through to clean-tasting wheat beers and a full range of unique and seasonal styles.

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