Scottish Brewing Heritage


Brewing Heritage Scotland was established as a Community Interest Company in 2014 and secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2015. It also received support from companies and agencies in the drinks sector (see acknowledgements page).

Since its formation it has organised several exhibitions:

  • The first Scottish Brewing Heritage exhibition was held at the Central Library on George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. It featured artefacts from many of Scotland's heritage breweries as well as a slide show of advertising material.
  • The second exhibition was hosted by the Museum of Edinburgh on the Canongate. It included: objects advertising Scottish beers; displays describing the development of the brewing industry; recordings of memories from former brewery workers; and access to a digital archive of brewing images. It was supported by guided tours around the Canongate area highlighting the sites of former breweries.
  • The third exhibition was held in Alloa, which was for many years arguably the second most important brewing centre in Scotland. It was located in the Speir's Centre. It was supported by talks and guided walks by brewers who worked in Alloa.
  • The fourth exhibition was held in Musselburgh Museum. It featured artefacts and display boards recording the history of brewing in Scotland and of the contribution made by Musselburgh brewers, in particular William Whitelaw's Fisherrow Brewery and John Young's Ladywell Brewery.
  • Our last exhibition was hosted by the John Gray Centre, Haddington. It featured artefacts and display boards recording the history of brewing in Scotland and the contribution made by Haddington brewers. This included Alexander Howden's Nungate Brewery, Mark Binnie's New Nungate Brewery, John Martine's Sidegate Brewery, and William Shiell's Brewery Park. There was also information on the distilling and malting industries of the town.

Finally the group has developed a web-site which is gradually recording all the major heritage breweries in Scotland supported by images of associated brewing artefacts.