History

1983

Like many brilliant things, we started life in a shed. It was 5 October 1983. Fanatical home-brewer Ken Brooker hosted what would become his legendary Tuesday tasting nights.

1986

His reputation for great beer grew. It was time for our first brewery. Everything was built from salvage or scrap. It was here that we first met Harvie a resourceful and determined character, our mascot was born.

1994

Schiehallion was launched. Inspired by a huge mountain near the brewery, whose perfect symmetry was used to measure the weight of the world in Victorian times. Something to consider further over a pint of this lighter, more refreshing Pilsner.

1997

New products were developed by Harviestoun legends such as master brewer Stuart Cail, who would test these on a kit operated by a friend in his shed. One of them was Bitter & Twisted. A light, hoppy beer might not sound very ‘out there’ today, but back in the late 1990s it was truly revolutionary.

2000

Local farmer Ian began taking our spent grains and hops from the brewery, which he continues to do to this day. 

2002

A team-inspired idea to age some of our beer in whisky casks was conceived. A few short months later Old Engine Oil Special Reserve was born.

2006

Harviestoun was tamed! Our track record of innovative, brilliant beers hadn’t gone unnoticed. Founders of Caledonian Brewery, themselves the pioneers of cask real ale in Scotland, Sandy Orr and Donald MacDonald decided that admiring Harviestoun from afar was not enough. After 23 years of brilliance a new chapter began as part of Caledonian.

2007

We became the first brewery to formally partner with a distillery, Highland Park. To this day, we work together to produce one of the most revered barrel-aged beers around, Ola Dubh. Our journey as Scotland’s most decorated brewery continued, as Bitter & Twisted won Best Ale at the World Beer Awards.

2008

The year we proved that good things come in threes. Schiehallion won World’s Best Pilsner at the World Beer Awards. To date, we’re the only British brand to hold this award. We also became the only craft beer ever to be sold and then return to independence, as Sandy and Donald focused on nurturing and building the Harviestoun story. Finally, brilliant young brewer Amy joined the team, mostly to prove wrong a male friend who laughed when she said she wanted to be a brewer.

2010

A year of ups and downs. The snow was so bad that none of the brewers could get in for a week, but spirits were raised when Ola Dubh won World’s Best Speciality Dark Ale [see http://www.worldbeerawards.com/winner/worlds-best-speciality-dark-ale-world-beer-awards-2010] and Old Engine Oil won Europe’s Best Standard Porter [see http://www.worldbeerawards.com/winner/europes-best-standard-porter-world-beer-awards-2010] at the World Beer Awards.

2012

Our commitment to local ingredients moved up a notch as we committed to using only malted barley from Alloa maltings, just four miles away. Our brewery team headed further afield for their first IBD (Institute of Brewing & Distilling) study tour to Belgium, because in brewing there is always more to learn.

2015

The hard work on Ola Dubh paid off again as it won UK’s Best Wood Aged Beer at the World Beer Awards [see http://www.worldbeerawards.com/winner/united-kingdoms-best-wood-aged-beer-world-beer-awards-2015]. By this time, it was referred to as “All I Do” by the brewery team, because it is incredibly difficult to blend a host of exotic and complementary flavours through a six-month maturation.

2016

Another year of threes! Not content with our commitment to a local malting, we agreed with a local farmer to grow our very own field of barley to be malted in Alloa and delivered directly to the brewery. Master Brewer Stuart was then invited to join the board of Harviestoun Brewery.

2017

Master Brewer Stuart celebrated 20 years at Harviestoun whilst Brewhouse Operator Davie celebrated 25 years. Almost half a century between them.

2019

Our new executive team, led by CEO Peter, had a great idea. Our award-winning brew Schiehallion was named after a monumental local mountain, so why don’t we climb it? We did. Raising cash for a charity close to our hearts, Euan’s Guide [see www.euansguide.com] , an annual event was born. The year also gave rise to a branding transformation, with a complete rebrand, while staying true to our authentic beer expertise and an increased drive on innovation. A revolutionary 0% ABV dark ale, Wheesht, was born, coupled with a raft of refreshing authentic lager brands.

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