Glasgow drinks production boom

Glasgow city centre is to become a drinks production hotbed with plans for a new distillery and a brewery.

Alloa-based Williams Bros brewery is looking to establish an “urban craft brewery” at Drygate in the shadow of Glasgow cathedral.

And Tim Morrison, of the family that once owned Morrison Bowmore Distillers, is leading plans for a £10 million conversion of a former pump house close to the city’s Hydro arena into a Scotch whisky distillery and visitor centre.

Morrison is currently owner of independent bottler AD Rattray, which opened the Whisky Experience visitor centre and shop at Kirkoswald in Ayrshire at the end of 2011.

The Glasgow distillery project will create 300 construction jobs and 25 permanent posts on completion in mid-2015.

There will be a small-batch distillery, bar, café, tasting room, shop and education-focused visitor attraction.

Morrison said he expected to attract 50,000 tourist visitors a year.

”We’ve had a great deal of support for this project so far,” he said, “from local businesses, the public sector and those within the industry, and we have taken the next important step in helping to make it a reality by submitting a full planning application to Glasgow City Council.”

Williams Bros submitted its planning application this week to build the new Drygate brewery on a site owned by Magners and Tennent’s producer C&C Group alongside its Wellpark brewery.

The scheme will create 16 jobs and includes a visitor experience, a centre of excellence to educate other small-scale brewers, restaurant, function rooms, bar and beer garden.

It is expected to start production next spring.

Co-owner Scott Williams said: “The interest in craft brewing, both domestically and worldwide, is growing fast, as we know from our own experience, and we are confident that, as a city-based microbrewery, Drygate Brewing will be a big success. It is the perfect location for what we have planned.”

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