Scottish Borders Brewery
The Scottish Borders Brewery is Scotland’s only plough-to-pint microbrewery, creating cask ales using malting barley home-grown on owner John Henderson’s farm and water from the land’s own artesian spring – a source geologically rare in the Borders. The brewery’s two current cask ales, the 4% Game Bird amber ale and 3.8% classic pale ale, Foxy Blonde, are currently available in around 100 bars in the Borders and Edinburgh, and Henderson plans to launch more Border-brewed beers Holy Cow and Dark Horse. To keep food miles to a minimum, the brewery at present only delivers casks to pubs within a 75-mile radius. John filled his first cask at the Scottish Borders Brewery in February 2011, yet already he is confident of the future: 'Our ability to claim true local provenance in conjunction with producing great tasting products is helping us to gain a rapid foothold in the growing real ale market.'