Broughton Ales – Scotland’s original craft brewer – purchased by beer enthusiasts
One of Scotland’s leading and original craft breweries, Broughton Ales, situated in the Scottish Borders, is now under new ownership led by three enthusiasts, with over 50 years’ experience in building beer brands.
The trio of John Hunt, Steve McCarney and David McGowan, have all spent many years working in senior roles with international drinks groups – Scottish & Newcastle, Heineken and Diageo, where they developed a passion for high quality, authentic beers.
Broughton Brewery, which was founded in 1979, is Scotland’s original craft brewer with well-known brands in its range including Greenmantle Ale, Old Jock, Hopopotamus IPA and Blonde Lager.
Commenting on the acquisition, David McGowan said:
‘Broughton has a unique position in Scotland’s beer story, built around fantastic product quality, and a brewery in one of Scotland’s most picturesque locations. We are inheriting a wonderful range of beers, from traditional brands like Old Jock to the innovative Hopopotamus.
On our first visit, we were struck by the numerous quality awards from a variety of organisations, including CAMRA, SIBA, Regional Festivals and Supermarkets – literally there isn’t enough space on the walls to display them all.
We want to build on the reputation for quality, work with our customers, and ensure Broughton is at the forefront of Scotland’s beer resurgence’
The new owners plan to invest in developing the business to realise its potential in the fast growing and evolving craft beer market in Scotland.
The group’s business plan will include:
• Encouraging more customers and consumers to stock and trial our award winning liquids
• Building on our reputation for quality, and reinforcing our Borders’ roots
• Working with tourist and trade bodies to help promote Scotland’s re-emergence as a producer of innovative high quality beers.
Broughton Ales currently has six employees working in brewing, distribution, sales and administration.