A pioneering brewery in the heart of Scotland’s Speyside whisky country is back in business after a Covid-induced break

August 15, 2022

Forres-based Speyside Brewery, which produced beers and lagers influenced by the area’s rivers and landscape, will be re-commencing production a few yards from its original site. The brewery was mothballed for a short while when the pandemic hit but has attracted new investment and is set to re-launch from bigger premises. The brewery’s charismatic founder, Seb Jones, will continue as managing director and lead the company’s development. Speaking from the famous Telford bridge landmark at Craigellachie on Speyside, he said the industry has emerged from the pandemic in a different shape with new challenges and markets. “I am so pleased to be continuing this dream of mine, and to have investors that believe in it just as strongly is fantastic,” he said. “In larger premises with our equipment, recipes and passion, we will be targeting markets that I believe have always been under-served by beers from Speyside, and Scotland in general.  Servicing that and responding to our loyal local customers will mean we’ll be flat out from the get-go.” The brewery first opened its doors in 2012, the first in the area for over a decade. Using Speyside area icons to name its beers, it collected a host of awards for the products and the business. In 2016 the brewery teamed up with one of Speyside’s biggest distillers to create a ground-breaking IPA-influenced whisky and a beer aged in the same single malt casks.  Re-starting production will see beers such as its Speyside Lager influenced by local beauty spot Randolph’s Leap, and…

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