New (bottled) Brew Friday

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Scottish Beer | 6 Comments


As ever, it’s fairly tough to keep up with all the news coming out of the Scottish beer scene at the moment. However, by anyone’s standards, today has seen the presses whirring at double quick time (or the modern equivalent. Servers, I suppose). In a strange, yet rather lovely, co-incidence, the brewers of Scotland seem to have chosen Friday the 17th of January to go bottle crazy. Publicans needn’t worry (well, those who don’t have much fridge-space), the thirsty Scots beer fans will continue to leave home to drink; but for those moments in front of the telly/fire/fridge, there has been a sequence of news today to bring cheer to the hearts, and bottle openers, of Scotland.

First up, this Tweet appeared from Craig Middleton of Cromarty Brewing, heralding the imminent release of some serious-looking ordnance from the tip of the Black Isle…

Next, from even further North, the relative newcomers of the Lerwick Brewery announced (via Beer Today), a deal with the Cairngorm Brewery to bottle their products, so look for their beers to appear further onto the mainland soon…

Staying up at Scotland’s top end, Scott Wright from the Herald reported news of BrewDog’s next venture – ‘Bottledogs’ – a network of UK bottle shops, as the Aberdeenshire outfit expand into the off-trade. The first outlet is expected in the King’s Cross area…

Almost at the same time, a fourth bottle-related story popped up, as Alechemy Brewing validated my tipping them for something big (within a week of my blog post, no less); Iain from the Livingston outfit revealing this humdinging lineup…


All in all, not a bad day for Scottish beer (and it’s only 2pm)


  1. Rob Moss
    January 17, 2014

    I’m super excited for the bottle shop, I feel that London is lacking in good places to buy craft beers by the bottle. There are a couple but they seem to be really hard to find.

  2. Richard
    January 17, 2014

    Yeah, the real life beer scene and the Daily Mash version seem to be drawing ever closer

    I did see the WEST story, or rather, I could only read the first bit as I’m not subscribing. Was there a bottle-based part to their announcement?

  3. Colin Campbell
    January 17, 2014

    Nah, just a new brewery and “tasting facility”. Rest of it was about booming sector and Williams/Tennent’s love-in.

  4. Matthew Forbes
    January 17, 2014

    On the Bottledog news, it’s only news about the exact location and opening date, Brewdog have been quite vocal about opening a shop in London, and mentioned it in the EFP3 brochure.

  5. Richard
    January 17, 2014

    Colin – I figured as much – it’s great news for WEST, but I guessed it might not be bottle-related so left it out of this post

    Matthew – Thanks for that, interesting that they are doing growler fills as well (I assume that’s what was meant by the ‘help customers fill their own kegs’ comment

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