By Gemma Stroyan
Innis & Gunn have released plans to open the first large scale brewery to be built in 150 years in Edinburgh.
In a bid to support it’s aim of achieving a £40m turnover by 2021, the Scottish craft brewer has seen an exploding growth and demand for their products.
Subject to planning permission, the proposed site will be based in Edinburgh which Founder and Master Brewer Dougal Gunn Sharp says will feel as if they have come home as a business, Innis & Gunn was first brewed in the capital in 2003.
Since then they have become number one craft lager brewer in Scotland, and are sold in over 35 countries worldwide.
The announcement of these plans falls in a milestone year for the company as they celebrate 15 years of business.
Gunn Sharp said “building a new brewery will cement our Edinburgh heritage as well as creating a focal point for our beers in the capital.”
He added, “there will be a taproom and visitor facilities for people who would like to come for a tour and a beer, and we are planning a line up of events like beer and food festivals”
The first Innis & Gunn Beer Kitchen opened in Edinburgh in the summer of 2015 with a focus on craft beer and food pairings, the beer kitchens have expanded to Dundee and Glasgow’s Ashton Lane.
Edinburgh is historically renowned for its’ breweries but currently there is only one major active brewery, the Caledonian Brewery on Slateford Road.
Gunn Sharp said, “our new brewery will be the beating heart of our vibrant craft beer business and I can’t wait to open the doors and show our fans around.”