Cairngorm Brewery – Speyside Success Story!
Speyside has long been famed for its whisky and almost half of all Scotland’s distilleries are located within the region. This includes the Glenfiddich distillery, the home of Scotland’s highest selling single malt. In recent years though, the distillers haven’t been the only people in Speyside producing award-winning alcoholic beverages. Aviemore’s Cairngorm Brewery has been going from strength-to-strength and has achieved national recognition for its ever-growing range of high quality ales.
How was Cairngorm Brewery founded?
Cairngorm Brewery came into existence when the Tomintoul Brewery was taken over in 2000 by the Aviemore Brewery, leading to their combined strengths being reborn as the Cairngorm Brewery in 2001! The brewery is located in Aviemore and currently has a 20-barrel brewhouse, from which it is possible to produce 6500 litres a day of delicious Highland ale.
A plethora of awards!
Though we’re sure that the staff of the brewery would say that the only award they need is satisfied returning customers, it’s always nice to have some extra recognition for your efforts. In this respect the company has done phenomenally well, racking up a whole host of awards for their beers. The fresh citrus and elderflower tones of Tradewinds have gone down particularly well, winning gold in CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain award in 2004 and UK Champion Best Bitter in the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA)’s awards in 2008. This year, Black Gold took 1st place in the stout category at CAMRA’s National Winter Ales Festival. That’s only to scratch the surface of an impressive list of awards though!
Save the Scottish wildcat with a beer!
The Scottish wildcat is one of the UK’s endangered species, its numbers making it even rarer than the Bengal tiger as it’s believed that there may be as few as 400 of the notoriously shy Highland residents still left in the wild. The Highland Tiger project has been set up to try to secure the future of Scotland’s only remaining native feline, particularly in the Cairngorms National Park, which is one of its remaining strongholds. How does drinking a beer fit into all of this though? Well, for each bottle sold of Cairngorm Brewery’s Wildcat beer, the brewery makes a donation to the Highland Tiger project.
How can you arrange a tour of the brewery?
Brewery tours are available from Mondays to Fridays, starting at 2.30pm and costing £3 per person for the approximately one hour long tour. Tours can also be arranged for Saturdays and Sundays, though these will need to be booked in advance. More information can be found by visiting the brewery’s Tours page.
Where can you sample a Tradewinds?
The Woodshed Bar is a family-friendly (children are welcome until 8pm when accompanied by an adult) log cabin-style bar that is part of our hotel complex. It offers a cosy atmosphere, live entertainment (from quizzes to music), live sporting events and, of course, a selection of quality ales from Cairngorm Brewery.
Booking your Aviemore stay
Why not enjoy a relaxing break in Aviemore giving you the chance to see behind the scenes on a brewery tour, followed by relaxing in the Woodshed Bar with one of their beers? Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel is located within the Cairngorms National Park so you can even try to spot a wildcat while you’re here! To book your stay with us now, please contact us.