Alva Industrial Estate, Alva, Clackmannanshire, FK12 5DQ
Phone: (0) 1259 769 100
Harviestoun Brewery was founded in 1984 by Ken Brooker, an employee of Ford Motor Company for over 20 years, and Eric Harris on a farm just outside Dollar in the midst of beautiful Dollar Glen in Central Scotland. Ken and Eric pieced together a brewing setup and installed it in a 200 year old building on the farm. Former Vaux brewer Stewart Cail later joined the team and is still the head brewer.
About 5 years after brewing started, a new 10-barrel brew plant was installed that was acquired from Devanha Brewery in Aberdeenshire after it ceased brewing operations. After Harviestoun was informed that their landlord was doing surveying work for turning the property - officially named Dollarfield Barns - into houses, a new location for the brewery was sought. The new location at Alva, about five miles from the original brewery, houses a totally new purpose-built 50-barrel plant.
Harviestoun's Bitter & Twisted (named after Ken by his wife) was CAMRA's 2003 Champion Beer of Britain bringing the prize to Scotland for the second year in a row (2002's Champion was Caledonian Brewery's Deuchar's IPA). The wonderful and unique Schiehallion cask-conditioned lager is also a long time favourite and big seller. In addition to its well established lineup, a number of seasonal and special batches are available throughout the year. Most Harviestoun beers are generally on the hoppy side due to their devotion to hop-dominated flavor and continual experimentation with new hop varieties.
- Bitter & Twisted - 4.2% ABV
- A refreshing blonde beer with a hoppy profile and the finish of lemon. Judiciously hopped with Hersbrucker and Challenger and late hopped with Styrian Golding.
- Schiehallion - 4.8% ABV
- A crisp cask-conditioned lager beer with the fresh taste of grapefruit. Fermented at very low temperature with a lager yeast and delicately hopped with Hersbrucker.
- Old Engine Oil - 6.0% ABV
- A strong, dark, and smooth beer with a chocolate dominant flavor balanced by a hop bitterness and a bittersweet aftertaste.
- Ola Dubh
- Ola Dubh ("Black Oil"), is a tweaked version of Old Engine Oil matured in whisky casks from the Highland Park Distillery on Orkney. There are 12, 16, and 30 year versions corresponding with the age of the Highland Park whisky that was in the cask.