East Lothian conservationist, John Muir’s life has been celebrated and marked in many ways by people on both sides of the Atlantic.

Now, however, the culmination of these celebrations shall take place when Alex Salmond opens the 134 mile, John Muir Way on April 21st in Muir’s hometown of Dunbar.

A cask ale, dedicated to honouring the Scottish founder of America’s national park system, has been created by Russell Sharp, the founder of Edinburgh’s Caledonian Brewery and has been developed in conjunction with the brewers at local Dunbar company, Belhaven Brewery. Russell was eager to produce the beer in a location associated with Muir and a brewery has existed in Dunbar since 1719.

Sugarpine Brewing Co., which takes it’s name from Muir’s favourite tree and recognises his prominence and love of America, shall now collaborate with Belhaven, to launch the beer.

The existing relationship with Belhaven, branding their range of ales and spirits, prompted Russell to commission Haddington based design firm, Intimation Creative Ltd, to develop an identity, create graphics and produce marketing material to promote the aptly named, Wilderness Ale, in readiness for the launch at the opening of the John Muir Way.

An identifiable pump-clip depicting John Muir within Sugar Pine surroundings shall be the recognisable image of this cask ale which has “a sweet hop flavour and a nice golden colour” and shall be available at selected outlets from next week.