Changes at the Top for Top Out Brewery

Andi Scheib has teamed up with Michael Hopert, head brewer and co-founder of Top Out Brewery in south Edinburgh. He recently called time on his globetrotting career as a geologist to follow his beer-filled dreams.


Mon, 06 Mar 2017


Top Out Brewery

Andi fills the boots of co-founder Moo Birch, who is topping out after three and a half years to pursue alternative routes outside brewing. 

Andi, originally from Germany, has long been a passionate brewer and baker; he has been known to knock up a batch of freshly baked rolls and a cold beer whilst in the remote outback of Australia. His love for craft beer, the outdoors and maps are a perfect match for Top Out, whose beer labels feature maps of famous Scottish climbing routes ‘topping’ out on mountain summits.

Those who love Top Out’s flavoursome beers can rest assured that brewing will continue to hike ahead with head brewer Michael remaining chief flavour alchemist. 

Andi says: “We have a growing range of core beers and a steady stream of seasonal beers, from session pale ales and a super-hoppy IPA (aptly called The Cone), to altbier, wheat beer and smoked porter. In fact, our Schmankerl wheat beer is currently featuring in Aldi’s beer festival. 

“Michael and I plan to step up brewing and have big plans for 2017. We want to add a couple more exciting beers to our core range so will be working hard to share our beers with more beer lovers.”

In ‘Twelve of the Best Scottish Craft Beers’, The Scotsman Food & Drink recently described Top Out’s Cone as: “An excellent tipple from one of the most under-rated breweries in the country. This is a masterfully-crafted IPA in the American tradition – 6.8% with 100 IBUs (International Bitter Units), punchy, resinous, packed with flavour and length.”

Michael and Andi’s love of climbing and the outdoors will continue to play a major role in taking the brand and beers forward and they have ambitious plans to ensure their beers are more widely available. 


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