Black Wolf Brewery
Not open to the public.
In April 2014, Traditional Scottish Ales underwent a wholesale re-brand, shedding the identity it had held for almost ten years and emerging as Black Wolf Brewery - the name comes from a local legend that a wolf alerted the people of Stirling to an imminent Viking invasion. Owned by drinks company VC2 Brands and with two main brewing sites in central Scotland, the long brew list remains, divided into 'craft beer', 'craft lager', 'heritage' and 'premium'. The first category is made up of Rok IPA, Big Red ruby beer, a wheat beer called Tundra, Florida Black wild oat stout and Gold Digger, a 'big blonde'. Coulls is their 4.2% craft lager, and 'heritage' are the more recognisable TSA ales: another wild oat stout called Glencoe, 60% Scottish export William Wallace, and Lomond Gold, probably their best-known name along with IPA Nevis. Finally there's the premium duo: Valente's, named after one of the directors, is a double espresso 'cafe birra' awarded gold at the 2012 World Beer Awards, and whisky cask matured beer 1488, brewed in partnership between Black Wolf and Tullibardine distillery (they claim to have been the first to have employed this now-fashionable maturing technique). Most of these are available in cask and bottle, with some also available in keg.