Tayside & Fife Breweries
In 1488, King James IV stopped at what is thought to be the first 'Publick' brewery in Scotland at Blackford to purchase Blackford Ale. It is thought that this brewery was then in the hands of the Sharp family by around 1790 and was visited by Alfred Barnard on his famous journey of UK breweries. The brewery was known then as Sharp's Brewery but adopted the name Gleneagles Brewery about 1899. Blackford also had two other breweries. The first started as a small brewhouse around 1809 opened by William Eadie. A new brewery and maltings were erected adjacent to the site in 1896 and the property eventually became Gleneagles Maltings Ltd. The third brewery was started by two of William Eadie's sons, Robert and George, about 1860 and traded as Robert Eadie & Sons until its closure in 1910.
William Wright and Alexander Ritchie obtained a site for the Perth Brewery from the Perth Town Council in 1786. This brewery went on to be operated very successfully by John Wright followed by Nimmo & Wallace and was eventually purchased by Vaux of Sunderland in 1961. The South Inch Brewery also operated in Perth but little is known about its history.
While devoid of any brewing enterprises today, Dundee was once home to a large number of breweries throughout the mid- 18th century to the mid- 20th century. The most famous of these was the Park and Pleasance breweries operated by Ballingall & Son. There were also breweries at Broughty Ferry and at East Wemyss.
This region remained without breweries until 1995 when Nick Bromfield started the Fyfe Brewing Company at the Harbour Bar in Kirkcaldy and Hotelier Chris Tomlinson established the Moulin Brewery at the Moulin Inn at Pitlochry. In 1997, Fergus Clark started Inveralmond Brewery bringing brewing back to Perth. In the last few years a number of other breweries have sprung up or are due to open yet this year. These are Loch Leven Brewery at Kelty, Luckie Ales ran by former homebrewer Stuart McLuckie at Kennoway, and the newest breweries coming online in 2012, St Andrews Brewing and Eden Brewery both targeting eventual premises in or near St Andrews.