Glasgow is a brewery city, a fact that has been emphasised in recent years with the growth of craft beer. Now VisitScotland and The Brewers Association of Scotland have unveiled an interactive craft beer map in a bid to boost brewery visitor numbers.
The new map currently displays the details for more than 70 brewers – representing some of the more than 115 breweries in Scotland, from the Shetland Islands right down to the borders.
Steve Duncan, VisitScotland marketing manager, said: “Beer is pretty big business in Scotland. With more than 115 breweries operating across the country, the variety and quality of beer and ale being produced and served in Scotland’s bars and pubs and available in our shops and supermarkets is greater than ever.
“This new interactive map, which can be easily updated, has been created to make it easy for visitors to include a brewery tour as part of a holiday or short break in Scotland as well as recognising the growing interest in Scotland’s craft beer sector”.
The map took three months to produce and includes breweries such as Tempest Brew Co in the borders, West brewery which produces St. Mungo lager in Glasgow, Swannay brewery on the Shetland Islands, organic brewery Black Isle from Inverness and St Andrews Brewing Company from Fife.
Caroline Wengel, The Brewers Association of Scotland’s business development manager, said: “We are delighted to be working with VisitScotland to help showcase Scotland’s diverse brewing industry. The Scottish food and drink story is a real success and the beer revolution is at the heart of it. We know that visitors to our country love to eat and drink locally made produce and this new interactive map will help tourists discover breweries to visit and beers to try during their trip”.
The map can be viewed in full here.
Here’s what it has to say about Glasgow’s craft breweries
DRYGATE BREWERY CO
Glasgow, G4 0UT
Bar and Kitchen open 7 days a week from 11am to midnight. Beer Hall open Fri – Sun from noon to midnight. Brewery tours every Sunday at 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00. Events programme available on the brewery website.
Nestled in the historic heart of Glasgow, Drygate is the UK’s first experiential micro-brewery, creating fresh and modern beer under the iconic Seven Peaks of 85 Drygate. It is the intention of this brewer to collaborate and cultivate links with their community, inviting all those with open minds to embark on a journey of brewing and discovery.
INNIS & GUNN BEER KITCHEN
Glasgow, G12 8SJ
The Beer Kitchen is open Mon – Sun, 9am to midnight.
The Innis & Gunn Beer Kitchen has an on-site craft brewery where beers exclusive to Ashton Lane are brewed and served straight from fresh beer tanks. On both the ground floor bar and first floor restaurant, there’s fresh food from the menu on offer – uniquely using some of the brewing process in the dishes – and for something a bit different, the second floor speakeasy style Attic Bar serves up delicious cocktails and spirits. The Beer Kitchen also run Brew Schools – fun brewing experience days where you can spend a full day learning how to brew your favourite beer, try lots of tasty samples and take home a 5 litre keg.
Glasgow, G52 4LA
Visitors are welcome. Even although there is no formal tour, there is always someone willing to talk about beer! The shop is open 10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday and some Saturdays.
Jaw Brew is a family firm that started brewing in Glasgow in July of 2014 with two styles, soon increasing to a core range of eight beers and seasonal offerings as well. The brewery name comes from the cottage ‘The Jaw’ where the owners, Mark and Alison Hazell live and where Mark developed the recipes. The firm has now expanded to five people including two of Mark and Alison’s sons.
Glasgow, G40 1AW
Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you will learn about the history of WEST and how they brew their award winning beers. Tours available Friday 6pm, Saturday 12 noon and 3pm, Sunday 3pm. Standard tickets £11.50 per person and include tour, tasting session and 25% off voucher for WEST beer flight (must be used on the day of the tour). Pre-booked private group tours also available. To find out more and to book email firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST is the only UK brewery to brew all of its beers in strict accordance with the Reinheitsgebot, the German Purity Law of 1516. Located on Glasgow Green in the eye-catching former Templeton Carpet Factory, WEST produces the finest beers and lagers in their state-of-the-art German-style brewery, which sits below the spacious dark wood panelled beer hall. Home to the award winning St. Mungo lager, it’s a must visit for any real beer fan.
TENNENT CALEDONIAN BREWERY
Glasgow, G31 1JD
The Brewery is open Mon-Sat 9am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 6pm. Tours available Mon-Fri 10am, 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm; Saturday 11am, 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm, Sunday 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm. To book your tour call 0141 202 7145.
Tennent Caledonian has been brewing at the historic Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow since 1556. Here they brew a broad range of industry-leading and award winning beers led by the iconic Tennent’s Lager that are loved by drinkers at home and abroad. The famous Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery Tours, welcome tens of thousands of visitors annually and are recognised by Tripadvisor as being among the best visitor attractions in Scotland. The tours will be enhanced in 2018, following a £1m investment which will celebrate Tennent’s 500 year heritage, the story of Tennent’s place in Scottish history, culture and sport, while promoting Tennent’s worldwide reputation as a Master Brewer of quality lager and ales.
MERCHANT CITY BREWING CO
Glasgow, G1 1DN
No tours are available at present, but the team at Merchant City are working on this.
Merchant City Brewing has been born from people keen to create something identifiable to an area which has been a huge part of their personal and working lives. The team here want their beers to reflect the quality, character and diversity that epitomises Glasgow’s Merchant City. Their Head Brewer, Adam, has years of experience working at some of Scotland’s top independent breweries, so the science is in safe hands here.