Scotland's Broughton Ales sold to team of beer industry experts

18 November, 2015

Broughton Ales, one of Scotlandís first craft breweries, has been bought by a team of drinks-industry veterans.

Between them, new owners John Hunt, Steve McCarney and David McGowan have over 50 yearsí experience in building beer brands at companies such as Diageo and Heineken.

Founded in 1979 by David Younger (of the Younger brewing dynasty) and James Collins, Broughton Ales was Scotlandís first micro-brewery. Its range of award-winning beers include Greenmantle Ale, Old Jock, Merlinís Ale and the Scottish Oatmeal Stout.

It is situated in the Scottish Borders near the River Tweed.

McGowan said: ďBroughton has a unique position in Scotlandís beer story, built around fantastic product quality, and a brewery in one of Scotlandís most picturesque locations. We are inheriting a wonderful range of beers, from traditional brands like Old Jock to the innovative Hopopotamus.

We want to build on the reputation for quality, work with our customers, and ensure Broughton is at the forefront of Scotlandís beer resurgence.Ē

The teamís plans include building on the breweryís reputation for quality, reinforcing its Bordersí roots, and working with tourist bodies to promote Scotlandís emergence as a producer of craft beer.

Broughton Ales currently has six employees working in brewing, distribution, sales and administration.

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