Launched: November 2009
BrewDog launched its 32% abv Tactical Nuclear Penguin in November. The unusual name comes from the fact that the beer is stored in an ice cream factory for 21 days at 'penguin temperatures'.
MD James Watt says the beer "challenges people's perceptions about what beer is and how it can be enjoyed and not only pushes the boundaries of innovation in craft beer but obliterates them entirely". The beer carries an rsp of £35 for a 330ml bottle, putting it in a totally different price bracket to other beers.
The Store handmade Scotch eggs
Launched: October 2009 The Scotch egg is having a renaissance, with chefs from Heston Blumenthal to Greg Wallace singing its praises. Scottish food company The Store has created two for even the most demanding foodie: the 1886 egg, made with pork and sage (rsp: £3 for three large eggs), and Black Magic, a quail's egg encased in black pudding (rsp: £3 for six small eggs).
"Many of our customers use the black pudding eggs as an aperitif for their dinner parties and mothers use the traditional 1886 Scotch egg in lunchboxes," says owner Andrew Booth.
Innis & Gunn Rum Cask-Finished Beer
Launched: July 2009 Innis & Gunn is injecting innovation and value to the premium beer sector with its cask-finished oak-aged beers. The latest addition is a rum cask-finished beer (rsp: £1.99), initially launched as a limited edition but added to the permanent range last summer due to its popularity. Innis & Gunn was developed after whisky producer Wm Grant & Sons began making a beer-finished whisky. The distillery workers took a liking to the discarded by-product beer. And so in 2003 the tables were turned and whisky-finished beer started to be produced.
Graham's The Family Dairy ice cream
Launching: June 2010 On the back of the runaway success of its vanilla ice cream its first foray into ice cream launched in March 2009 family dairy Graham's is launching flavoured ice creams in three tiers Scottish Dairy, Organic and Graham's Gold and flavours such as mint choc-chip, raspberry ripple, strawberry and chunky chocolate chips, with prices starting at £2.95 (1-litre). They will initially be in selected Sainsbury's in Scotland, and the company says it is also looking at other products to launch over the next few years.
Focus on Scotland