Jan 292018

Calton Hill Brewery63 Calton Road, Edinburgh EH8 8FJ

This brewery, owned by John Muir, was the first in Britain to brew lager in 1835. Muir had enjoyed lager while on a visit to Germany and decided to try brewing it himself on his return to Scotland. This style of beer requires a different type of yeast from traditional Scottish beer, and he had this sent to him in Edinburgh by a German friend. Unlike the traditional beers brewed in Scotland, lager required refrigeration if it was to be stored for any length of time, and this problem possibly led to the temporary demise of lager brewing in Scotland after Muir’s original experiment. It was revived towards the end of the nineteenth century by which time the technology had moved on. The original brewery buildings are now flats.

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