Spurred on by the growth of craft beer in the UK, a new government report reveals that the number of breweries in Scotland has risen by an astounding 229% and things are only accelerating.
Here’s the deal…
At its peak Scotland was home to 280 breweries, but that number had dwindled to just 11 by 1970. But craft beer’s emergence in the UK has led to an impressive brewing revival in the region.
And according to new report published by The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICE) has found that the number of breweries in Scotland has risen an impressive 229% in just 8 years.
Beer is thought to have first been brewed in Scotland more than 5,000 years ago and today the country has more than 115 regional breweries, from its Shetland Islands to its urban hubs like Edinburgh and Glasgow and down to its southern borders.
16 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities (basically smaller governmental districts similar to counties in the US) are now all home to breweries, with Edinburgh and Highland authorities areas being brewing hotspots.
In support of Scotland’s growing reputation as a craft beer destination VisitScotland along with The Brewers Association of Scotland, introduced a clever craft beer map last year that we can’t hype enough.
The interactive map (which currently displays the details for more than 70 breweries) was designed to be easily updated by the brewers themselves and offers tour times and brewery profiles that will enrich the visitor experience.
The map, which took more than three months to produce, includes exciting award-winning operations like Tempest Brew Co in the borders, Glasgow’s West Beer, Swannay Brewery in the Orkney Islands, Black Isle’s organic brewing in Inverness and Scotland’s historic St Andrews Brewing Company.
And you can explore Scotland’s hottest craft beer destinations HERE.