A bitter launch



Sarah Brown and Bitter Descent

The 2015 Heriot-Watt Natural Selection brewing team has launched its collaborative beer ’Bitter Descent’ at an event at Teviot Row House, with a full Scottish roll-out during July.

It’s balanced and dangerously drinkable.
Sarah Brown

Bitter Descent is an American extra special bitter and has been taken from the development stages to the final product by a group of ICBD MSc students.

The extra special bitter is the style that sparked the craft beer revolution in the US in the 70s and 80s. Much like IPA, it is a style that has travelled to the US and is now being brought back, but with a distinct American twist. Bitter Descent aims to honour the classic British-style bitter, but with all-American hops, according to Natural Selection Brewing.

Sarah Brown, project coordinator for the Natural Selection Brewing team, said, "We’ve focused on the evolution of the American Extra Special Bitter from its humble origins, the ‘pint of bitter’ found in every real ale pub across the UK. Our beer, Bitter Descent, is the culmination of over six-months of research and development. It’s balanced and dangerously drinkable."

Natural Selection Brewing is a collaborative project between MSc students at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling and renowned Edinburgh brewers Stewart Brewing.