Innis & Gunn Announce New Heriot-Watt Brewery


Innis & Gunn confirmed that they will be building the first major brewery in Edinburgh for 150 years. The site will be located near Riccarton and will create 30 new jobs.

The brewery will work in partnership with Heriot-Watt to produce a world class “centre for brewing studies”.

A £15 million loan is supporting the built, as well as £3 million raised through crowdfunding.

The site is expected to open in 2021. A tap room and visitor centre will be built at a later date.

Founder Dougal Gunn Sharp said: "Building this brewery is a big step for Innis & Gunn in delivering our ambitious growth plan, from which we can capitalise on the existing strong performance of our craft lager and portfolio of IPAs and barrel-aged beers.

"We are creating an centre for brewing, collaboration and applied learning on the world stage."

He added: "Edinburgh was in the past a centre of brewing renown, with over 40 breweries in the capital. We are especially proud to be part of the revitalisation of Edinburgh as a world centre for brewing.

"Having our brewery here, where we first brewed Innis & Gunn, completes the journey I started back in 2003. 

Building it next to a centre of excellence for brewing and distilling talent makes absolute business sense; cementing a long-standing relationship with the University and enabling us to add on-campus practical experience for students."