Founder and head brewer Michael loves to spend most of his free time in the mountains and as a keen mountaineer and fell runner he has visited most of Britain's walking and climbing regions. In the past he has also climbed some of the highest mountains in the alps, as well as frozen waterfalls, abseiled down seacliffs in Cornwall (only to climb back up again...), climbed the crags of the Peak District, 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. Following a move to Edinburgh, Michael founded Top Out in 2013 with his friend Moo and bringing his passion for climbing to our beers as well.