Our co-founder and head brewer Michael spent most of his free time (which he sadly doesn't have much of anymore) in recent years in the mountains and on the crags.
As a keen mountaineer and fell runner he has visited most of Britain's walking and climbing regions as well as having travelled further afield to pursue his hobby.
On weekends you'll often find him running in the Pentland hills, only about a mile from the brewery, or going for a quick saunter up Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh.
In the past he has climbed some of the Alps highest mountains as well as frozen waterfalls, abseiled down seacliffs in Cornwall (only to climb back up again...), climbed the crags of the Peak District and walked and scrambled extensively in Snowdonia and the Lake District. Closer to home he has battled the Scottish winter (and sometimes the 'summer') to both walk and climb. Some of his more exotic climbing destinations have included rock climbing on the arctic Lofoten islands of Norway and trekking in Kyrgystan.
With climbing being (now it's more about brewing and the family) such a big part of Michael's life, we decided to bring this passion to our beers as well. 'Top Out' in climbing lingo means to finish a route, to get to the top. The term is also used for summiting a mountain. Our labels feature the maps of different mountains, each of them detailing a route leading to its summit. Michael has topped out on all of them.