Aberdeen and Northeast Scotland Breweries

Brewery Regions Map.One of the largest bodies of primary historical source material for brewing in the Medieval period in Scotland comes from Aberdeen and the northeast of Scotland. There are many accounts of brewsters (women brewers) and brewers in local records throughout the area indicating that the brewing of ale was prominent and widespread.

Perhaps the most well known historical brewing firm was that of William Black & Company of Aberdeen believed to have been established in 1803. The firm was laterally acquired in 1819 to become the Gilcomston Brewery and again by the Devanha Brewery Company Limited, registered as a limited liability company in 1910. Brewing finally ceased in 1930 after the firm was acquired by Thomas Usher & Son Ltd. of Edinburgh.

The area played an early part in the resurgence of small firm brewing in Scotland that started in the 1980s. A new Devanha Brewery, unrelated to the original, operated in Aberdeen briefly in the early 1980s. Borve Brewhouse moved from their original location on the Isle of Lewis to Ruthven near Huntly in 1988 but unfortunately closed in 2001. The 1990s brought the short lived Aberdeenshire Ales that didn't survive to see the turn of the century.

In the region today are three relative new-comers to the Scottish brewing scene. The ultra-modern BrewDog (est. 2007) at Fraserburgh, Deeside Brewery (formerly Hillside Brewery, est. 2006) near Aboyne, and Burnside Brewery (est. 2010) at Laurencekirk.