Broughton Ales Ltd
Broughton, Biggar, ML12 6HQ
Phone: (0) 1899 830 345
Broughton Ales was established in 1979 by David Younger and James Collins in a former abattoir just outside Biggar in the Scottish Borders. It was one of the first initiated and few remaining smaller brewing operations opened at the time in an attempt to renew Scottish enthusiasm for cask conditioned ale. Younger was a former Scottish & Newcastle executive as well as coming from the long line of famous Edinburgh brewing Youngers. Collins was a member of the family owning the famous Scottish publishing company. They succeeded where many other similar ventures at the time failed. Despite this, the company fell into receivership in 1995 but was rescued by Giles Litchfield of Derbyshire's Whim Ales which he had opened two years previously. He continues to participate in the daily workings of the brewery.
Alistair Mouat, now retired, came to Broughton in 1994 as Managing Director and Head Brewer, having worked for Belhaven Brewery since 1972. Alistair started his brewing career at the Heriot Brewery (formerly Jeffrey's Brewery) in Edinburgh at the age of 18 and eventually graduated from Heriot-Watt University with a degree in brewing.
The original 40-barrel brew plant was designed by Stirling Gardiner, former Head Brewer/Production Director at the historic Holyrood Brewery (last owned by Scottish & Newcastle) and is still in use but has been upgraded and expanded. Roughly 200 barrels are produced weekly with an annual output of about 4000 barrels.
At present, the brewery is using Optic malted barley grown in the UK and malted by Greencore. Many different varieties of UK hops are used as well as organic hops from both New Zealand and the UK, all in pellet form. Ale yeast is Broughton's own strain originating from Vaux of Sunderland and a dried lager yeast is also used. All beers utilize a single step infusion mash.
About 200 outlets in Scotland are supplied by Broughton in both cask and bottle sales. The company also exports to a number of countries outside the UK. In addition to their Beers With Character line that are all offered in bottled format as well as in permanent or occasional cask format, there are a few additional permanent cask ales as well as a significant number of regular seasonal and occasional cask ales available throughout the year.
- Merlin's Ale - 4.2% ABV
- A light golden coloured hoppy ale with a malty character and delicate floral hop aroma. Also available as a permanent cask ale. Brewed with Optic and Crystal malt and hopped with Challenger for bitterness and Bramling Cross for flavour and aroma. Available as a permanent cask ale as well as in bottles.
- Dark Dunter - 5.0% ABV
- A dark ruby beer with the flavours of dark roasted malt and hints of coffee. Hopped with Fuggle, First Gold, and Perle. In Borders legend the Dunter is a red-capped goblin that inhabits ruined castles and guards the border from intruders. Available as a permanent cask ale.
- Willacade - 3.6% ABV
- A crisp, golden, flavourful session beer with a light fruity taste in the middle and a bitter aftertaste. Brewed with Willamette, Cascade, First Gold, and Amarillo hops. Available as a permanent cask ale.
- Exciseman's 80 Shilling - 4.6% ABV
- Broughton's interpretation of the classic Scottish 80/- style. A traditional cask ale with a rich flavour and dark malt colour finished with fine hop aftertaste. Also available as a permanent cask ale. Brewed with Optic, Crystal, and Black malts and hopped with Challenger, Fuggles, and First Gold. Available as a permanent cask ale as well as in bottles.
- Old Jock Ale - 6.7% ABV
- A classic Scottish Strong Ale. Surely one of the definitive examples of the Scotch ale style. Rich, dark malty flavour with a deceiving drinkability for its ABV. Also available as a permanent cask ale. Brewed with Optic malt and Roasted Barley and hopped with Challenger, Fuggles, and First Gold. Available as a permanent cask ale as well as in bottles.
- Bramling Cross - 4.2% ABV
- A light golden coloured beer brewed solely with Pale Ale Malt and hopped with Bramling Cross. Available as a permanent cask ale.
- Clipper IPA - 4.2% ABV
- A clean, refreshing well-hopped slightly malty ale in the UK India Pale Ale style. A strong hop character and clean hop bitterness comes from Perle and Bramling Cross hops. Available as a permanent cask ale.
- The Reiver - 3.6% ABV
- A light coloured, refreshing session ale brewed with a subtle dose of Crystal malt and a good helping of First Gold hops for flavour and aroma. Available as a permanent cask ale.
- Black Douglas - 5.2% ABV
- A dark ruby coloured full-bodied malty ale with hints of roasted fruit. Brewed with Optic, Crystal, and Black malts and hopped with Challenger and First Gold. Available in bottles.
- Border Gold Organic Ale - 6.0% ABV
- A premium light golden ale brewed from fully organic malt and hops. Malty with a tangy aftertaste provided by First Gold and New Zealand Pacific Gem hops. Available in bottles.
- Scottish Oatmeal Stout - 4.2% ABV
- A classic example of a Scottish Oatmeal Stout. Rich flavours of Black Malt and Roasted Barley finished with the silkiness provided by the addition of Pinhead Oats. Hopped with Fuggles, First Gold, and Challenger. Available in bottles and as a seasonal cask ale.
- The Ghillie - 4.5% ABV
- A copper coloured ale with glorious hop aroma and flavour from the addition of both UK and German hops. Brewed with Optic and Crystal malts and hopped with Fuggles, First Gold, and Challenger, as well as late copper hopped with German Hallertau. Available in bottles and as a seasonal cask ale.
- Greenmantle Ale - 3.9% ABV
- A dark copper coloured ale with a rich fruity bitter-sweet flavour and clean hop aftertaste, named after John Buchan's novel "Greenmantle". This is Brougton's flagship ale that has been brewed since the opening of the brewery. Also available as a seasonal/occasional cask ale. Brewed with Optic, Crystal, and Black malts and hopped with Challenger, Fuggles, and First Gold. Available in bottles and as a seasonal cask ale.