A wee dram
Scotland may be world famous for its whiskies but that hasn’t stopped people from experimenting with other tipples. Last year saw the opening of Drygate, the UK’s first experiential craft brewery which produces an innovative range of ales with labels designed by students from The Glasgow School of Art. Take a tour of the brewery or have a tasting in the beer hall (drygate.com).
Glasgow Distillery is the city’s first new distillery for more than 100 years. It’s launched Makar Glasgow Gin, a new premium handcrafted gin, and coming soon is a £10 million ($A20 million) visitor centre on the banks of the River Clyde (glasgowdistillery.com).
Glasgow’s most famous surviving example of tea rooms is the Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall St (willowtearooms.co.uk). Also popular is the Cup Tea Lounge, which is a refined Victorian-era tea room during the day but a decadent gin bar at night (cupglasgow.co.uk; gin71.com). The writer was a guest of Glasgow Tourism, British Airways and Visit Britain.
WORKS OF ART: Touring Drygate Brewery; Kelvingrove Museum; window shopping at Glasgow Vintage. Pictures: Rob McFarland, Alamy