Established in 2001, the compact Cairngorms Brewery has built a far-reaching reputation as one of Scotland’s better craft breweries. With only fifteen staff it’s recently upgraded to a twenty-barrel system to cope with demand for its range of eight permanent ales, including the continental style Cairngorm Gold, the strongly flavoured Wildcat amber ale and Trade Winds, which uses elderflower and perle hops in the mash for a lighter taste, as well as a range of seasonal brews. Set in the Cairngorms National Park, it’s also a destination in its own right, with a shop selling beers, merchandise memorabilia and organising regular brewery tours.
Reviews & features
Cairngorm Brewery based in Scotland's iconic national park2 Jul 2013
A brewery with a harmonious sense of balance
When you’re based in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park you can’t really be anything but conscious of the environment around you, and much of the ethos of Cairngorm Brewery is focused upon their habitat. ‘Because we’re based in the National Park…
Scotland celebrates a thriving brewing industry17 Sep 2010
Caledonian, Brewdog and more are holding their own on the world stage
High-quality water, historic recipes and a growing number of microbreweries means that Scotland is producing beers to rival those produced on the Continent, writes David Pollock.