Photographing beer, the things that dreams are made of. I was over the moon when I was offered to photograph a few beers for the guys over at Lerwick Brewery. The Brewery is based in Shetland which is an island located off Scotland’s north east mainland. Their first beer was released in 2013 and they have done tremendously well in such a small space of time because some of their beers can be found in some local supermarkets as their business begins to grow. Well done, lads.
The first beer up is 60º North. A beautiful lager which I would say was actually a bit more of a pale ale with is full flavour and golden appearance – but that’s just my opinion. Next up is Skipper’s Ticket. This one is labelled a pale ale but in my opinion more of a brown ale. A fruity taste with hints of spice. Last of the three beers is Tushkar, the strongest ABV and also my favourite out the crate. It’s an oatmeal stout with a malty chocolate taste with a hint of coffee. A perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. I would definitely recommend any of the three beers, but like most things in life, it’s up to you what one you would like the best.
For the photo shoot itself, I was asked to capture images in the studio on a white background and also some images shot outdoors. For the studio shoot, I was very fortunate to have Ken of Gate Creative on hand to lend his knowledge and experience. Its always a pleasure to learn from such skilled craftsmen. The outdoor shots required a bit of location scouting so I put on my hill walking boots and found a waterfall which suited the beer perfectly. I really enjoyed photographing the beer as well as visiting another part of Scotland for the photography, as well as learning something about the brewing process. Thankfully there were a few beers left over after the all the hard work was done. Cheers!