Real Ale Breweries

At the beginning of the twentieth century our branch region teemed with breweries, especially in Edinburgh itself, with its unique geography allowing a very favourable water supply of good quality for brewing. By the 1970s, as a result of commercial concentration and so-called market forces, this once thriving industry had shrunk in size. For real ale the situation was even worse, with only a handful of businesses continuing to produce traditional beer. However, breweries such as Belhaven and Caledonian continued brewing real ale during all the ups and downs of the Scottish brewing business, and Traquair House revived small-scale brewing after a long absence. In more recent years, a new generation of microbreweries have now transformed the brewing map of Scotland.

Real Ale Breweries in the Branch Area:
Some of the above breweries can be seen in the gallery.


Thistly Cross Cider in Dunbar make a range of ciders including Jaggy Thistle Real Cider.

Further afield, Waulkmill Cider in Westerkirk, Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway produce the traditional Muckle Toon Rosie Real Cider using only local apples grown in Dumfries and Galloway.

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