Innis & Gunn reveals plans for large-scale brewery

Innis & Gunn has announced plans to build a large-scale brewery in Edinburgh to meet “exploding” domestic and international demand for its flagship beer.

The Scottish craft brewer has reported “stellar growth” for its Innis & Gunn Craft Lager, which it said has doubled in size over the last two years. It has also seen a strong performance from its portfolio of IPAs and barrel-aged beers, which contributed to the brewer’s 14th successive year of double digit growth in 2017.

The new brewery, which aims to support the brewer’s strategy of achieving turnover of £40 million by 2021, will produce Innis & Gunn’s core range of Craft Lager, IPAs and barrel-aged beers. The brewery will have a capacity of 400,000 hectolitres and up to thirty jobs could be created.

The existing brewery in Perthshire, which Innis & Gunn acquired when it purchased Inveralmond Brewery in 2016, would continue to brew the Inveralmond Brewery range of cask and bottled ales, which, following a rebrand is seeing volume growth of 7%. This site will also focus on small-scale experimentation and limited-edition barrel-aged beers.

Founder and master brewer, Dougal Gunn Sharp, said: “Drinkers around the world are increasingly turning to the amazing quality and flavour of craft beer and Innis & Gunn is driving this trend. We couldn’t be more excited to tell our shareholders and fans this exciting news.

“Building a new brewery will cement out Edinburgh heritage as well as creating a focal point for our beers in the Capital. It provides the brewing, packaging and warehousing capacity we need as we continue to strive to meet the surging demand for our lager, which is on track to be the No.1 craft lager in the UK, IPA’s and barrel-aged beers at home and around the world.

“For me putting the brewery in Edinburgh, where we first brewed Innis & Gunn, feels like we have come home as a business.

“Our fans can expect big things from us in the coming years. The brewery will have an annual capacity of 400,000 hectolitres and we will have volumes of 200,000 hectolitres when we open the doors there. There will be a taproom and visitor facilities for people who would like to come for a tour and a beer, and we are planning a line-up of events like beer and food festivals.

“Our new brewery will be the beating heart of our vibrant craft beer business and I can’t wait to open the doors and show our fans around.”

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