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Crafty as hell: the story behind our craft beers

From orange infused IPAs to sour Berliner-weisse selections, our craft beer list packs a punch.

But our list wasn’t built by accident.

We talked to our restaurant manager, Lisa Welsh, about the inspirations behind Thrive’s diverse craft selection.

At Thrive, most of our craft beer is sourced from brilliant brewers from around Scotland.

A handful of the beers on our list are from equally epic brewers from Britain and around the world.

Lisa said the beer list was built with a focus on celebrating Scottish brewers, while taking into account brewery ethics such as use of isinglass and having a sufficient gluten-free range.

“We were excited about being one of the only vegan & veggie places in Edinburgh that was open in the evening,” Lisa said.

“So, we really wanted to have an epic beer list that would compliment our food perfectly for those who were coming for an evening meal.”

Creating that list started on home soil, with Edinburgh brewers Campervan Brewery and Stewart’s Brewing the first to have their brews Leith Juice, North Eastern and Ka Pai added to Thrive’s list.

Glasgow brewery Drygate, Tempest Brewing Co from the Borders and Innis & Gunn are among some of the bigger Scottish names on Thrive’s beer list.

But with a little room left in the fridge, Thrive looked for some international beers that would hopefully surprise customers about the extent of their craft list.

Currently, the Winter’s “globetrotting” selections currently feature a vegan porter from New Zealand brewer’s Yeastie Boys next to Japanese white ale, Hitachino.

But it’s not all about the boozy crafts.

“We also know that a lot of our customers may be looking to enjoy a drink without alcohol,” she said.

“So it was important we had a couple of non-alcoholic beers on our list, as well as ethically sourced alternatives like kombucha on our menu as well.”

Our full craft brew list at Thrive Cafe:Bar

At Thrive, we are currently changing up our craft brew menu for the Summer.

Tell us, what beers would you love to see on our list?