Breweries in the Aberdeen, Grampian and Northern Isles Branch Area
Launched in Laurencekirk in April 2010 by the Metcalfe brothers, this 10 barrel brewery makes 3 Bullz, M-Pire, Mad Dogz, Black Katz and Wild Rhino amongs other niche beers. They support local beer festivals and sell direct from an onsite brewery shop. Visitors are welcome for beer and banter.
Located in Ellon, this brewery has a unique identity and is a passionate contributor to the craft beer revolution.
Based in Royal Deeside near Banchory, Deeside is an independent craft brewery whose signature beer is Macbeth.
Formerly based at 175 Great Western Road and now being re-located to an industrial unit in Dyce and expects to have beer available from early June. The original brewery opened in June 2015 and is run by an enthusiastic home brewer, Dave Grant. Beers produced include a Black IPA at 7.3%, a Ginger Beer at 5% and a Watermelon Wheat Beer at 5.5%.
Formerly known as Brewmeister and located in Keith, this enthusiastic brewing company craft a brash Scottish range of beer. Difficult to find their cask ale.
Creating beers in Shetland with a little positive Lerwick attitude.
The Orkney brewey is located in the former schoolhouse in Quoyloo near Skara Brae. It also has a range of multi-award winning ales of which the most iconic are Dark Island and Skullsplitter. It boasts a visitor centre and conducts public tours. It is owned by Sinclair Breweries, which is now the holding company for both the Orkney and the Atlas range of beers.
This is a "nano" or kitchen brewery, supplying a range of bottled beers to Buchanan's restaurant, adjacent to Woodend Barn Arts Centre.
Small brewery in a garage close to the Seafield Arms in Rothes. Now doing cask and is available in outlets in the area .
Brewery started off in a converted garage near the Marine Hotel in Stonehaven. The brewery is now located in Laurencekirk at Reekie House, Aberdeen Road, AB30 1AG. The name of the brewery is derived from the relative geographical position of Stonehaven to Brussels which owner, Robert Lindsay, reckons is the true home of brewing! All their beers are Belgian style brews.
Seb Jones started this micro brewery in Forres, Moray in 2013 and makes beer using the same water that goes into some of Scotland's finest single malt whiskies.
The Spey Valley brewery was founded in 2007 by David MacDonald, a Distiller and a Farmer and is located in farm buildings at Mulben near Keith. Now greatly expanded since its small beginnings, their beer may be found in several pubs in the Aberlour and Craigellachie area. Beers include Sunshine On Keith and David's Not So Bitter!
Formerly Highland Brewing Company, now re-branded as the Swannay Brewery. Rob Hill's brewery is in a former dairy on Orkney and has both a small and a large brew plant and brews a wide range of multi-award winning real ales, including Champion Beer of Scotland on 4 occasions! Most famous beer is possibly Scapa Special, but others include Island Hopping, Orkney Best and Orkney Blast.
Britains most northerly brewery was founded by Sonny Priest in 1997 on the island of Unst in Shetland. All the ales share a Viking theme, including Island Bere, thought to have been introduced to the islands in the 8th century.
A modern craft brewery on the shores of Moray Firth in Lossiemouth. Brewing started in late 2012, and less than a year later Windswept Brewing Co Ltd were awarded Gold Medals for APA and Wolf as the Best Strong Bitter and Best Premium Strong Beers in Scotland by the Society of Independent Brewers. The beers are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Windswept was named the best new brewery in Scotland 2013 by RateBeer.
Nearby Breweries in the Highland and Western Isles Branch Area
Black Isle have their own organic farm at Munlochy and pride themselves in making a range of organic bottled ales. Cask ale is rarely found in the Aberdeen branch region.
The Cairngorm Brewery Company, established in 2001, is situated in the village of Aviemore within the Cairngorms National Park. Established and well respected beers like Black Gold, Trade WInds, Stag and Wildcat are complemented by a range of seasonal brews. They have been the recipients of two Champion Beer of Scotland awards. The brewery is open to the public and offers tours; there is a shop sellling the range of bottles and also beer available in poly-pins.
The family run Cromarty Brewing has only been open a few years but really does have Beer Worth Believing In, having been voted Beer of the Festival two years running with Happy Chappy and the coffee infused Brewed Awakening. The beer can often be found in Aberdeen City pubs, but disnae last long.
Unfortunately now closed. Brewing originally in an outbuilding of the Benleva Hotel on the shores of Loch Ness in Drumnadrochit, the brewery is now situated about a half mile from the hotel in a building which was formerly a British Legion. You may find something to your like-ness. Try LightNESS, WilderNESS, RedNESS, DarkNESS and HoppyNESS in the hotel bar. Be wary of anything resembling curry. Cairngorm Brewery are apparently going to be brewing using some of the Loch Ness recipes - watch this space!
Brewery in Nairn at the Balmakeith Business Park. Only doing bottles at the moment but did supply cask at the Bandstand Bar (Braeval Hotel) for their recent Beer Festival. Bottles of their Porter and Lager are currently available in the Queen Vic, Rosemount Place, Aberdeen
Nearby Breweries in the Tayside Branch Area
Now owned by Innis and Gunn, Inveralmond have been brewing in Perth since 1997 and make a range of Celtic inspired beers including Ossian, Lia Fail, Thrappledouser and Independence. There is also a seasonal range. Frequently found in Aberdeen and in the Shire they also provide house ales for a number of local hostelries such as the Prince of Wales, the Stag and McGintys. No sign as yet of rationalisation of their beer range.