Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
42 Slateford Road, Edinbugh EH11 1PH
Phone: (0) 1313 371 286
Though having a history dating back to 1869, today's Caledonian Brewing Company really got its start in 1987. Then Head Brewer Russell Sharp led a management buy-out with former Lorimer & Clark Managing Director Dan Kane to purchase the Caledonian Brewery from Vaux of Sunderland who had closed the brewery in 1985. The Caledonian Brewery itself was founded and built by George Lorimer and Robert Clark but was sold to Vaux in 1919 upon Lorimer's retirement, Clark having died in 1874. When Vaux ceased brewing operations altogether in 1999, Caledonian bought back the rights to the Lorimer & Clark name.
Caledonian possesses what is now the last remaining direct-fired coppers in use in all of Britain. The first of these impressive coppers was installed in 1869. The brewery's maltings buildings, though unused, were destroyed by fire in 1994 and another fire in October 1998 destroyed one of the three original coppers. A local company came to the rescue however and hand-built an exact replacement to the original plans. As part of the repairs, a new yeast room, cask-racking system and new settling tanks for keg beers were added as was a kegging plant.
In addition to their award winning regular ales, Caley also brews a monthly seasonal that vary from year to year as well as house ales for a number of select pubs. Details of all products are available on the brewery's website. Caledonian's Deuchars IPA won CAMRA's Champion Beer of Britain award in 2002.
The assets of the Caledonian Brewery were purchased by Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) in 2004 shortly after the announcement of S&N's plans to close Edinburgh's historic Fountain Brewery founded by William McEwan just up the road from the Caley. In 2008, the brewery became a wholly owned subsidiary of S&N/Heineken.
Caledonian doesn't offer a daily regular tour but tours are available by arrangement. Please contact the brewery for details.
- Deuchar's IPA - 3.8% ABV
- Refreshing pale golden session beer with great drinkability. The flavours of hops and fruit are very well balanced by malt. Brewed with Golden Promise and Optic malts and hopped with Fuggle and Super Styrian Golding.
- 80 Shilling - 4.1% ABV
- A russet-brown coloured 80/- style beer with a smooth and creamy taste of caramel and roasted malts and a dry finish. Brewed with a base of Golden Promise malt and Crystal, Amber, Black and Wheat malts and hopped with Fuggle, Golding and Whitbread Golding Variety.
- Flying Scotsman - 4.0% ABV
- A full flavoured Premium Bitter style beer with a malty aroma and hints of raisin and toasty dryness. Brewed with Optic, Amber, and Black malts and hopped with English Golding.