Breweries in the Aberdeen, Grampian and Northern Isles Branch Area
Please note that during the current Coronavirus crisis, we are indicating where we know of a brewery providing either pick ups or deliveries, possibly only localised.
Launched in Laurencekirk in April 2010 by the Metcalfe brothers, Gary and Dave, 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. The Metcalfe brothers then sold the brewery in 2018 to Steven Lewis and Gary Gibb, who have revised the beer range but continue supplying cask.
Doing beer deliveries locally and to Aberdeen area on Saturdays. Also supplying a limited amount of locally produced pies!
Originally in an industrial unit in Fraserburgh, the brewery complex and the DogTap are situated on the outskirts of Ellon. As well as its now huge range of beers, its first beer, Punk IPA, it now also produces gin, whisky and other spirits. Now also has breweries in Columbus (Ohio, USA), Berlin (Germany) and Brisbane (Australia).
Taking beer and food orders and doing deliveries. Beer pick-ups may be done at some of their pubs. Best to check the website for fuller details.
Cafe Bar and Brewery opened in Peterhead town centre early October 2017.No cask beer at the moment.
Doing beer deliveries. See website for full details.
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%.
The brewery was re-branded and revamped its range in 2015. The brewery was formerly Brewmeister and began brewing in 2012 at Kincardine O'Neil, Aberdeenshire but moved in 2013 to an industrial unit at Keith in Moray and in 2014 moved to a larger unit in the same industrial estate. The Keith Brewery range is available mainly in bottles in selected specialist off-licenses but cask is still available to a few outlets, orders and festivals. The Brewmeister brand name is kept for export only orders.
Established in 2011, using a 12 barrel plant, sits at the very edge of the North Atlantic. The Shetland Islands regular humidity, plentiful clear water and cool, crisp air provide the vital ingredients to brew beer with individual character and a unique dimension. Cask conditioned Lerwick IPA was launched May 25th 2015 and other beers include Shetland Pale Ale, Azure and Tushkar.
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 small brewery at this coffee shop in Torphins. Beer only available in the cafe but bottles available to buy and take away. No cask beer but may eventually do some key-keg.
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. Sometimes being 'cuchoo' brewed at Spey Valey.
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. In autumn 2018, dropped 'Craft' from their name. Closed in January 2020 and owner moving on to an unknown, non licensed venture
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 now be found in several pubs in Aberdeen such as the Prince of Wales, Krakatoa, Queen Vic and also in the the Aberlour and Craigellachie area. Beers include Sunshine On Keith, David's Not So Bitter and Spey Stout
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. Was sold and new owners are planning to move the brewery to Voe. This never happened and brewery is now permanently closed.
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
Now located from Nairn to Upper Hempriggs near Kinloss in July 2017. Mainly only did bottles initially but did start supplying cask at the Bandstand Bar (Braeval Hotel) for their Beer Festival and is now seen at most CAMRA festivals. Bottles of their beers are normally available in the Queen Vic, Rosemount Place, Aberdeen.
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!
Formerly in Nairn at the Balmakeith Business Park but now moved to near Kinloss in July 2017
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 provided house ales for a number of local hostelries such as the Prince of Wales, the Stag and McGintys but latterly only supply Ossian.. No sign as yet of rationalisation of their beer range