Bo’ness brewer’s bottles get their place in history

Stewart Simpson and his IndyRef aye/naw labeled beer that are on display in Callendar House.
Stewart Simpson and his IndyRef aye/naw labeled beer that are on display in Callendar House.

A Bo’ness brewer’s bottles have their place in history following the Scottish independence referendum in 2014.

Stewart Simpson is the man behind the Kinneil Brew Hoose and during the endless debates on whether Scotland should fly solo or not, he decided to create labels expressing the three sides to the argument.

He said: “I made an Aye and Naw label for some bottles and it started off as a laugh between some regulars in the Corbie Inn and myself.

“However someone pointed out I should make a Mebbes Aye Mebbes Naw label for those who had not yet been swayed by either side.”

Stewart, who has been a part of the Bo’ness brewery since it started in 2011, was shocked at the sheer volume of interest his labels gathered and soon his brewery, located behind the Corbie Inn, was bubbling over with orders.

He said: “Before I knew it the pub was taking orders at the bar for some bottles and it just kept growing from there. I even had people from the SNP get in touch asking about some labels.

“It was a lot of hard work. This is a one-man business so I was really rushed off my feet. His bottles now have their place in history as three of them are being stored in Callendar House.

Stewart said: “It is nice knowing my bottles are being kept at Callendar House. However I have no plans to do it again if another referendum comes round. Once was tough enough.”