A wee dram

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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

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