Reuben’s in Dunfermline producing new de Brus beer

Cafe-Deli launches pale ale

Reuben’s Café and Wine Store in Dunfermline has started producing its own beer.

Named after the ancient family name of Robert the Bruce, whose grave lies a short walk from the café in Dunfermline Abbey, de Brus Dunfermline Pale Ale is the brainchild of Reuben’s owner David Austin.

‘We’ve done a bit of research,’ says Austin, ‘and discovered that, although Dunfermline hasn’t had a brewery in over a century, there used to be seven based in the town.’

The bottled ale – which will be sold in Reuben’s and eventually other venues nearby – isn’t actually brewed in the town, but it’s made to a recipe Austin believes reflects this local heritage.

‘It’s a pale, light ale, which is quite a modern thing,’ he says, ‘but we’ve incorporated classic elements of Scots brewing, for example the use of honey in our recipe.’


10–12 New Row, Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 7EF

There are some nice cafés in Dunfermline these days, but Reuben’s stands tall as the one which is vigorously championing an appreciation for good food and drink in the town. With a new wine bar section having opened in late 2011, the place now plays…