Third Degree

Stuart Simpson, proprietor of the Kiinneil Brew Hoose, for 'Gazette and Journal Third Degree feature.
Stuart Simpson, proprietor of the Kiinneil Brew Hoose, for 'Gazette and Journal Third Degree feature.

Stuart Simpson, Proprietor of the

Kinneil Brew Hoose, Bo’ness

1) How’s business?

The ale business is improving overall with a gradual increase in our sales too.

2) Are local ingredients important?

It’d be great to use all local ingredients, but they’re just not available. Most of our malt comes from Mungoswells Farm at Drem.

3) Health benefits of real ale?

It’s a natural product, and all that goes in is water, malted barley, hops and yeast.

4) Is the Bo’ness Real Ale Festival valued?

It’s fantastically successful. Last year people were queuing to get in.

5) Favourite beer?

Difficult, since I’ve got used to the ever-changing range at the Corbie Inn!

6) Sandal wearing, bearded image of a real ale drinker - myth or not?

They exist! But I’ve met really great people of all age groups, backgrounds, and both sexes too.

7) What food goes best with real ale?

I ‘ll leave that to the foodies and wine drinkers!

8) Best book on real ale?

“The Tea Leaf Paradox” by Robert Middleton. Great read and quite funny.

9) Favourite book, away from real ale?

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis.

10) Favourite song?

Hamish Imlach singing “A man’s a man.’’