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The story of TWISTED ANKLE Brewing Company has developed over a number of years.

It all began with two beers that stood out from the crowd for great taste, providing happy memories and planting early thoughts on future possibilities.

In Anchorage Alaska, back in 2001, where I had started a work posting, I tried Alaskan Amber Ale from the Alaskan Brewing Co. After years of drinking distinctly average lagers and beers, this beer was a revelation to me, it had a depth of flavour with malts and hops that you could really taste. The second ale was Switchback from the Switchback Brewing Co. in Burlington, Vermont - an exceptional ale. That such great beers were produced by relatively small-scale craft breweries made a great impression on me.

When the time came for me to move on from full-time employment (I don’t like the word retire) I was looking for something I could work on that would be fulfilling and I could be passionate about, and the idea of setting up a one-man band craft brewery came to mind.
So, in 2014 I began my quest to develop my own recipes and invested in brewing equipment to start all-grain brewing. In early 2017 we moved to our new home in Coull in the Howe of Cromar, Aberdeenshire and shortly afterwards TWISTED ANKLE was born.

It’s a small-scale operation where everything from recipe formulation and testing, brewing, purchase of ingredients and equipment, bottling, labelling, marketing and selling is down to me. However, there is no shortage of volunteers to taste developing recipes and the final product!

I started selling at Local Producer markets in late 2018 and will continue to do so. Getting this website up-and-running to promote what I do and provide on-line purchasing for customers is the next step in the company’s evolution.

The company logo is a millstone to signify we are based on the site of an old horse mill. The circular area where the horses trod is at the back of the house and the house and brewery were built from granite from the mill and steadings. So, back in the day grain was milled here for making flour and now we use grains to make beer.

Owner, head brewer and bottle-washer!

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