Brewing In Scotland
● Although whisky is the national drink of Scotland, the country also has a long and rich history when it comes to brewing.
● With a tradition dating back over 5000 years, Scotland has long prided itself on producing top quality beers and ales. In 325BC, the ancient Greek explorer, Pytheas, began his voyage around the British Isles and remarked that Scotland was “skilled in the art of brewing”.
● Today, there are around 100 craft breweries across Scotland. This has gone up massively from 1970 when there were only 11. Amazingly, across the whole of the UK, there are now more breweries per head of population than anywhere else in the world.
● The vast majority of these, particularly in Scotland, are small-scale, manufacturing fewer than 50,000 litres (13,200 gallons) a year. This pales in comparison to some of the industry’s giants. Anheuser-busch Inbev, which owns Budweiser and several other beers, produced 44.5 billion litres (11.8 billion gallons) of beer in 2014, for example.
● Scotland’s craft breweries, however, are punching well above their weight. Despite the massive gulf in quantities produced, the quality of the beer being made in Scotland has meant a solid increase in industry figures across the last few years, showing that the brewing sector is positively overflowing.