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Scotland Brewery of the Year
Berlin Gold Winner
Berlin Bronze Winner

Top Out Brewery on the southside of Edinburgh has just won four awards at the 1st Annual Berlin International Beer Competition, where close to 100 beers competed. The craft brewer’s Cone IPA and Smoked Porter won Gold medals, which means that the trade-only judging panel ‘love it’. Simon Says-on won a respectable bronze medal, while Top Out also won the overall accolade of ‘Scotland Brewery of the Year’.

“We picked three interesting beers we thought would do well and then waited for the results,” says Head Brewer, Michael Hopert. “Three out of three beers won medals so we’re delighted.”

“Our beers are inspired by brewers across the world and our German heritage, and our craft beers draw on German, Belgian, American and Scottish brewing traditions.”

Both Michael Hopert and co-owner Andi Scheib are German, so they are keen to export their uncompromising beers from Scotland to Germany. The competition helps beers break into the European Market as the beers are tasted by multiple trade buyers.

The Cone is an American-style IPA and takes its name from the hop plant. It receives rave reviews for its intense, complex hoppy profile. Their Smoked Porter is full flavoured and smooth, and, of course, combines notes from both German beech wood and Scottish peat smoke.

Simon Says-on is a pink Berry Saison fruit beer, brewed in collaboration with Simon Martin from Real Ale Craft Beer, Britain’s most popular video beer reviewer.

Like the New York competition, the trade-only judges at the Berlin competition were retail buyers, hotels, restaurants, distributors, mixologists, and importers.

These judges’ livelihood relies upon knowing what consumers want, and they receive feedback on a daily basis on what’s good and sells. The panel included drinks industry professionals from Austria, the UK, France, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands and elsewhere.

Top Out Brewery has a growing stable of core beers, from pale ales to Altbier and wheat beer, and a steady stream of unusual seasonal beers and collaborations. Reflecting the brewing team’s love of climbing and the outdoors, all Top Out’s beers have distinctive labels which show famous climbing routes up Scottish or Welsh mountains ‘topping out’ in the ‘O’ of Top Out.

There’s more information about Top Out at

If you want to stock Top Out’s distinctive beers, please contact Michael or Andi to place an order or for samples on 0131 440 0270 or