Archive for the ‘Scotland’ Category

The brewers and breweries of Ayrshire, Buteshire and Renfrewshire

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Forbes Gibb of the Scottish Brewing Archive Association tells me that –

Lomax Press is proud to announce the publication of:
The brewers and breweries of Ayrshire, Buteshire and Renfrewshire, by Forbes Gibb and Rob Close. 2013. 144p., illustrated. Soft cover. ISBN: 978-0-9560288-6-0

£10 (plus £2 postage and packing in the UK)

The brewers and breweries of Ayrshire, Buteshire and Renfrewshire is the fourth book in the Brewers and Breweries of Scotland series. In this book you will discover how the breweries in Catrine and Irvine were celebrated in poetry; how James Watt’s grandfather attempted to stop sailor’s wives pawning their household goods to buy ale; and how William Wallace was blown into a field by a boiler explosion.
Original research has generated information and illustrations about breweries across the counties, from Ayr to Stewarton, and from 1559 to the present day, with pictures and locations of former brewery buildings.
Enquiries to

Historic pubs in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Spotted in the excellent monthly  ‘Britain’s Real Heritage Pubs Bulletin’ – sign up by sending an email to
SCOTLAND. Historic Scotland’s new publication, a postcard book featuring historic pubs in Glasgow and Edinburgh, is now out: see Historic Scotland for full details

Scottish Conference – “A half and a hauf”

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

The second SBAA (Scottish Brewing Archive Association) Conference “A half and a hauf” will be held in Glasgow on the 7th September 2012, in the Teachers Building.

They tell me that they have been fortunate to secure the following speakers to ‘Celebrate the links between brewing and distilling in Scotland’ :

Douglas Murray – Diageo

Stuart Cail – Harvieston Brewery

Gordon Motion – Edrington Distillers

See the SBAA web site,, for more information, or email

I’m sure it will be an excellent event if the recent visit by the BHS to Edinburgh, where the  SBAA members looked after us so well, is anything to go by.