Where do you go when you are an indie rock band and you want to toast your latest album? A brewery of course! Scottish band Idlewild turned to Edinburgh-based Barney’s Beer to create a bespoke craft ale to celebrate the band’s eighth album Everything Ever Written. The album, much of it written on Mull and recorded in Edinburgh, launches in the UK on 16 February. The band are big ale drinkers and fans of Scottish craft beer and approached Barney’s Beer which is based at Edinburgh Arts Hub Summerhall.
Late last year, the band went to the brewery to work out how best to reflect the album, settling on a beer that would be sessionable and accessible to music fans and beer fans alike. The final beer – Scottish Fiction IPA – named after a track from the band’s The Remote Part album which featured the poem Scottish Fiction by the late Edwin Morgan – is made with Scottish malt and American hops to mirror the album’s musical ingredients – Scottish folk, Hebridean psychedelia, Americana and American alternative rock. Lead vocalist Roddy Woomble said: “Barneys Beer has been a favourite for quite a while. The fact that we both hail from Edinburgh makes a collaboration like this extra special….” The limited edition of 1,250 bottles features the new album’s artwork and a QR code giving access to a free download of a special acoustic performance of one of the band’s earliest and best-loved tracks – A Film For The Future.