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3rd January 2019

Belhaven Brewery toasts its 300th birthday

Belhaven Brewery, Scotland’s oldest working brewery, is turning 300 years old in 2019 and is marking its tricentenary birthday with a year-long programme of celebrations.

Belhaven is kicking off the year with:

  • 1719, a specially brewed birthday celebration pale ale beer
  • A brand new £500,000 visitor centre, opening Summer 2019
  • A weekend music festival at the brewery this summer
  • 300 days of celebrations across Belhaven and Greene King pubs
  • Belhaven themed parties across export nations as far flung as America and Russia
  • Performances from Talisk, the winners of the £25,000 Belhaven Bursary for Innovation in Scottish music, at this year’s Belhaven sponsored New York Tartan Week
  • Opportunity for customers to win tickets to New York Tartan Week 2020

Founded in 1719 by local man John Johnstone, Belhaven Brewery has been brewing from its historic brewery in Dunbar ever since. It took its name Belhaven, which means ‘beautiful bay’ from the stunning coastal location in East Lothian on which is resides.  Today Belhaven’s meaning is the inspiration for its brewing as it celebrates 300 years of beautiful beers.  The home of Scottish brewing, Belhaven uses only the finest local Scottish barley, water from its brewery well, its own unique Belhaven yeast and the choicest of hops from around the world.

Speaking about the 300th anniversary managing director Matt Starbuck said:  “John Johnstone would no doubt be delighted to see his beloved brewery today, not only the oldest working brewery in Scotland and the home of Scottish brewing but a thriving innovative business and a great Scottish success story abroad. With 30% of all Belhaven beer now enjoyed overseas and a market leading position at home, Belhaven has plenty to celebrate.”

“We are continuing to invest in Belhaven with a new visitor centre opening this year bringing tourism to Dunbar and warmly welcome fans of Belhaven beer to join us in celebrating the brewery birthday this year.”

About 1719 Pale Ale

Launched to celebrate Belhaven’s 300th anniversary, 1719 pours three centuries of brewing expertise into creating a perfectly modern session pale ale. Triple hopped with Centennial for the triple centenary,  along with Mandarina Bavaria and Galaxy hops to produce a clean, bright, mouth-watering pale ale.  The beer is 4.5% ABV and has a citrus and tropical fruit character. It is available on cask, keg and in 330ml bottles throughout 2019.

In November 2018 Belhaven was named ‘Exporter of the Year’ and awarded ‘Beer of the Year’ for Twisted Grapefruit IPA at the Scottish Beer Awards.


For further information contact / 07974 132040

About Belhaven Brewery

Belhaven Brewery, Scotland’s oldest working brewery has been producing a diverse range of delicious and vibrant beers from its historic brewery in Dunbar since 1719.  These include Scotland’s best-selling beer, Belhaven Best alongside award winning craft beers such as Twisted Grapefruit IPA, Beer of the Year at the Scottish Beer Awards 2018.  From traditional ales to its easy-drinking stout, Belhaven Black, all Belhaven’s beers are brewed with 100% Scottish barley malt, water from its own well and its unique Belhaven yeast. Belhaven beers are exported as far as USA, Russia, Sweden, France and China with exports now amounting to 30% of all Belhaven beers brewed each year. Belhaven Brewery was awarded Exporter of the Year from the Scottish Beer Awards 2018.

Belhaven was acquired by Greene King in 2005. Greene King currently employs around 40,000 people including 3000 in Scotland across its main trading businesses; Pub Company, Pub Partners and Brewing & Brands.