Golfer will drink to his namesake ale

Stephen Gallacher with the Stevie G ale
Stephen Gallacher with the Stevie G ale

When he reaches the 19th hole Ryder Cup golfer Stephen Gallacher enjoys nothing better than a refreshing beer with his fellow competitors.

Now, when he relaxes back in Linlithgow during a break in the busy tournament season, he will be able to savour a craft beer brewed to his own recipe.

“Stevie G’s Linlithgow Ale” is one of the first to be produced in a new micro-brewery with a difference in the town’s popular Star and Garter Hotel – and it’ll be ready for the golf star to sample when he returns to Scotland after his latest tour.

Head brewer Mike Ward said the micro-brewery was all about giving customers the opportunity to create their own beer in bottles labelled to order.

He said Linlithgow seemed the “perfect fit” for the venture after his dad John decided to take a stake in the Star and Garter and relocate their micro-brewery from an industrial estate in Leith.

“I explain the brewing process and the main ingredients to people, but it’s entirely up to them to decide what they want added, and the strength. I do warn them it might not turn out at the end of the day - but it’s fun trying!”

An example of a quirky customer choice that really works is a recent brew, chocolate and chilli ale, which was given a very definite thumbs up by Stephen.

“It tastes amazing - it’s certainly a beer I’d drink in the winter. I like a lighter lager-type ale in the summer, and Mike’s making me one similar to a wheat beer I enjoy in the States, with a little zest of orange in it.”