Scotland's Broughton Ales sold to team of beer industry experts

18 November, 2015

Broughton Ales, one of Scotland’s first craft breweries, has been bought by a team of drinks-industry veterans.

Between them, new owners John Hunt, Steve McCarney and David McGowan have over 50 years’ experience in building beer brands at companies such as Diageo and Heineken.

Founded in 1979 by David Younger (of the Younger brewing dynasty) and James Collins, Broughton Ales was Scotland’s first micro-brewery. Its range of award-winning beers include Greenmantle Ale, Old Jock, Merlin’s Ale and the Scottish Oatmeal Stout.

It is situated in the Scottish Borders near the River Tweed.

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.

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 team’s plans include building on the brewery’s reputation for quality, reinforcing its Borders’ roots, and working with tourist bodies to promote Scotland’s emergence as a producer of craft beer.

Broughton Ales currently has six employees working in brewing, distribution, sales and administration.




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