Ten UK chefs and restaurants that make their own beer

Tom Kitchin and Isle of Skye Brewing

In 2015, chef and restaurateur Tom Kitchin, of the Michelin-starred The Kitchin, collaborated with Isle of Skye Brewing Co. to produce Yer Ben, a 5.5% pale ale dedicated to his grandfather and now sold in his restaurants.

Kitchin also owns sister restaurant Castle Terrace and bistro The Scran & Scallie, and in December last year, announced that he was opening a fourth restaurant in the Scottish capital.

In a recent interview with the drinks business, Kitchin said he’s planning to add one dish with a beer pairing option to his tasting menu.

On pairing with beer with food, he said: “Some beers with higher ABVs are for example, slightly richer and darker and therefore complement winter meat dishes, or a sweeter beer could be used to match a dessert.

Kitchin has even used beer in a dessert, producing an ice cream using his Yer Ben beer, for example.

“As well as using Yer Ben at The Kitchin in some of our desserts, we also often use a dark beer in our steak pie at The Scran & Scallie. We try to use beer in cocktails throughout the group which often give a lovely mouth feel,” he added.

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