Beer Without Borders is a Craft Beer project founded by Andrew Pearson in 2018. Following a very enjoyable and productive visit to the spectacular Artbeerfest in Caminha (in the Northern tip of Portugal on the border with Galicia, Spain) Andrew was delighted to make connections with some highly talented artisan craft brewers from around Europe, leading to visits to other great festivals in Hungary, Spain, Estonia, Sweden, Finland and closer to home in Scotland and the rest of the UK. This inspired him to build bridges between the EU and Scottish beer communities.
In a short period of time we have taken some of the best Scottish craft beers to festivals in Europe and also brought beers, together with their brewers, to Scotland from Spain, Finland, Hungary, Croatia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Estonia and Norway, with many more in the pipeline. We import directly from the breweries, in close consultation with the brewers themselves in order to ensure that we can offer our customers a broad range of very special beers of all types from across Europe, most of which are not available elsewhere in the UK.
We opened our first Taproom and Bottle Shop, Riverside Tap, in Dumfries in Spring 2020 and plan to open our second in Castle Douglas in Autumn 2021.
We have also bought an old pub in Dumfries (The Royal Oak) which we plan to restore and create a microbrewery and event centre. The microbrewery will be used for innovative and experimental brewing, being made available at no cost to students and graduates of Heriot Watt brewing faculty, and others, who will work under the mentorship of our talented EU brewing friends, enabling our taproom guests to experience first hand the talents of these newcomers to the Scottish brewing community. We also plan to facilitate and host collaborative brewing between small local breweries and our EU friends.
Beer Without Borders needs to develop a resilient business model in order to support both further development of the project and to offer brewing facilities to enthusiastic new brewers, but it's founder, Andrew Pearson, does not intend to make personal financial gain from it. His motivation is his passion for the project and the pleasure of meeting so many special people while discovering special new beers.