Scottish Breweries and Craft Beer
Below is a selection of breweries from different areas in Scotland, which we would recommend to visit during your stay in Scotland if you have time for a quick pint…
Black Isle Brewery
In the beautiful highlands of Scotland north of Inverness and just 20 minutes from Castle Stuart Golf Links, lies the only organic Brewery in Scotland, Black Isle. With their slogan ‘save the planet, drink organic’, the brewery is very proud that everything used in their brewing process is organic and this is what gives their beer its distinct fresh and natural taste. Black Isle first began in 1998 and now produces up to 10,000 litres of beer a day distributing to locations in Scotland and around the world, including Sweden and Japan.
Interesting fact: The malting barely used in the brewing comes from their very own 125 acre organic farm. Frieda, the brewery’s house cow is also happy to help them out by eating the spent grain and in return provides 20 pints of fresh milk every day.
For more information please visit the Black Isle Brewery website
Started by 2 young Scottish lads and a dog in 2007 in the small Scottish town of Fraserburgh in the far northeast corner of Aberdeenshire. Now 10 years later, Brewdog has grown to become Scotland’s largest independent brewery with a state of the art eco Brewery in Ellon, North Aberdeen and has 46 bars across the globe! Excitingly this year Brewdog also opened another eco brewery across the Atlantic Ocean in Columbus Ohio with plan’s to build the world’s first craft beer themed hotel, ‘The DogHouse’, right nextdoor, which hopes to be launched late 2018. Not a bad day’s work for the guys!! We would definitely recommend enjoying a Dogwalk Brewery Tour if golfing in the area of Aberdeenshire
Interesting fact: The flagship beer for Brewdog and the biggest selling craft beer in the UK is their hoppy, tropical flavoured ‘Punk IPA’ which in their own words “began a revolution”.
For more information please visit the Brewdog website
Eden Mill, St Andrews
Less than 5 miles from The Old Course in St Andrews, Eden Mill is a must visit for any beer lover staying in the area. The Eden Mill story begins a very long time ago in 1810, when the famous Haig family ran Seggie distillery until 1860. It was then later reopened as a paper mill in 1872 and continued to operate as a paper mill until 2008. In 2012 Fife businessman Paul Miller, resurrected the site and opened Eden Mill, Scotland’s first and original single site combined brewery and distillery. Along with beer Eden Mill also produce whisky and gin – something for everyone! What better way to start a tour than with a refreshing craft beer before learning about the history of the site, the brewing techniques and the key ingredients used.
Interesting fact: Their 19th Brew beer is available to golfers on the 9th hole of The Old Course, St Andrews. The refreshing, light, citrusy ale is the perfect pick me up for the next 9 holes!
For more information please visit the Eden Mill website
Harviestoun Brewery is located at the foot of the stunning Ochil Hills, in the small town of Alva. Also within 20 miles of Gleneagles, a visit to the brewery is ideal when playing golf in the Perthshire area. From the founder, Ken Brooker, brewing in his back garden shed in 1983 Harviestoun has grown to become one of Scotland’s top breweries. One of Harviestoun’s signature beers is the award winning ‘Champagne of Lagers’, ‘Schiehallion’, which was first created in 1994. The name comes from one of the best known Munros (mountain over 3,00 feet in height) in Scotland located in Perth and Kinross.
Interesting fact: In the early days at the farmhouse brewery a number of mice would steal the barley, however one in particular caught their attention. Now the brewery’s mascot, Harvie the mouse can be found on the labels adopting a different character for each beer!
For more information please visit the Harviestoun Brewery website
Innis and Gunn Brewery
The original purpose for the beer was to simply flavour barrels used by William Grant Distillers for their ale cask reserve whisky and then be discarded. However, founder Dougal Gunn Sharp decided rather than throwing away the used beer, they should age the beer in the barrel and his creation was born. They became one of the world’s first international craft beer brands and their lager is the No.1 craft lager in Scotland! Brewing in a Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow since established in 2003, Innis and Gunn have now taken over the Inveralmond Brewery in Perthshire. After the expansion, the site will brew both Inverlamond and Innis & Gunn beers. Inveralmond Brewery has just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Along with their best sellers, ‘Ossian’ and ‘Lia Fail’, Inveralmond are also known for the original and authentic Czech pilsner brewed in Scotland, ‘Sunburst’ with yeast sourced from Brevnosky Pivovar, one of the oldest breweries in Prague.
Interesting fact: In 2016 Innis and Gunn launched Imagine and Gunn in Sweden, to give their fans the chance to make their own beer creation. The winner was Mika Jeppsson for his spicy barrel aged Imperial Stout – Mika’s Choice.
For more information please visit the Innis & Gunn website
Knops Beer Company
Located within Archerfield Estate and next door to the infamous Muirfield, a visit to the Knops Beer Company is a must if golfing in East Lothian! Only established in 2010, Knops Beer Company is a modern brewery; refining traditional and long forgotten styles along with creating new experimental styles. They are modern in the sense that their brewing is based on science, equipment and skill. They understand the ingredients, how to combine them and, more importantly, how to consistently brew beer that always tastes great. Above all, they brew beers that you'll love to drink!
Interesting fact: In 2013, the brewery released a special edition pale ale ‘East Coast Pale’ to celebrate The Open taking place at Muirfield. However due to the popularity the beer became a permanent addition to their beer range.
For more information please visit the Knops Beer Company website
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