In the 19th Century Edinburgh was truly a world brewing capital, teeming with breweries who exported their beers across the globe. Its excellent water source and strength in science and innovation made it a hub of brewing activity. In fact, it was the first city in the UK to brew lager.
Times have changed, and nearly all those 19th Century breweries are long gone. But Edinburgh’s seeing a renaissance in brewing and distilleries, with microbreweries and independent distilleries cropping up all over. That’s in no small part down to the internationally renowned Brewing and Distilling courses run by Heriot-Watt University.
At Edinburgh Beer Factory we have access to some of the finest fresh brewing talent in the world, coming out of Heriot-Watt, just down the road. We’re so proud of our team, we’ve put them on display (you can see them in action through the glass walls of our shop and taproom, and one of them will take you round the brewery if you ever come for a tour). From day one they’ve picked up award after award for Paolozzi lager and then BUNK! beers – though they’re not ones for blowing their own trumpets.