Brew­ing In Scot­land

The Scots Magazine - - Carina’s Kitchen -

● 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.

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