It's no small beer
While the vast majority of new Scottish breweries are small-scale, manufacturing less than 50,000 litres a year and focused on supplying local customers, others are much more ambitious.
The rise of Fraserburgh-based Brewdog reads like a beer-lover’s dream. From small beginnings, they have rapidly become the big name in Scottish beer, launching a global chain of branded bars, each stocked with their own Scottish brewed beers.
With a new production and distribution centre set to open in Columbus, Ohio, they now look set to conquer America.
Their crowd-funded business model and innovative advertising and marketing mean that this Scots-born ‘dog’ is teaching the beer world a whole host of new tricks.
Food for thought
As the craft brewing revolution continues, it’s bringing unexpected spin off benefits to Scotland’s hospitality sector.
With a new type of tourist - ‘beer hunters’ - visiting Scotland, more and more pubs are now offering beer tasting menus, and matching specific ales to their food.
Many microbreweries, often in remote or rural areas, are also now offering guided tours and opening their own visitor centres and on-site shops, meaning tourists linger longer, and spend more money locally.
Scottish travel entrepreneurs have been quick to latch on to this trend, with various companies now offering guided and escorted ‘real ale trail’ tours, for both domestic and overseas visitors.
Surely that’s something we should all raise a glass to?