Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
42 Slateford Road, Edinbugh EH11 1PH
Phone: (0) 1313 371 286
Though having a history dating back to 1869, today's Caledonian Brewing Company really got its start in 1987. Then Head Brewer Russell Sharp led a management buy-out with former Lorimer & Clark Managing Director Dan Kane to purchase the Caledonian Brewery from Vaux of Sunderland who had closed the brewery in 1985. The Caledonian Brewery itself was founded and built by George Lorimer and Robert Clark but was sold to Vaux in 1919 upon Lorimer's retirement, Clark having died in 1874. When Vaux ceased brewing operations altogether in 1999, Caledonian bought back the rights to the Lorimer & Clark name.
Caledonian possesses what is now the last remaining direct-fired coppers in use in all of Britain. The first of these impressive coppers was installed in 1869. The brewery's maltings buildings, though unused, were destroyed by fire in 1994 and another fire in October 1998 destroyed one of the three original coppers. A local company came to the rescue however and hand-built an exact replacement to the original plans. As part of the repairs, a new yeast room, cask-racking system and new settling tanks for keg beers were added as was a kegging plant.
In addition to their award winning regular ales, Caley also brews a monthly seasonal that vary from year to year as well as house ales for a number of select pubs. Details of all products are available on the brewery's website. Caledonian's Deuchars IPA won CAMRA's Champion Beer of Britain award in 2002.
The assets of the Caledonian Brewery were purchased by Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) in 2004 shortly after the announcement of S&N's plans to close Edinburgh's historic Fountain Brewery founded by William McEwan just up the road from the Caley. In 2008, the brewery became a wholly owned subsidiary of S&N/Heineken.
- Deuchars IPA - 3.8% ABV
- Refreshing pale golden session beer with great drinkability. A beer of finely balanced malt, hops, and fruity esters, the popularity of Deuchars speaks for itself.
- Flying Scotsman - 4.0% ABV
- A full flavoured Premium Bitter style beer with a malty aroma and hints of raisin and toasty dryness. Brewed with the finest northern barley and southern hops.
- Edinburgh Castle - 4.1% ABV
- A russet-brown coloured, smooth and creamy full bodied beer with pleasant malt flavours and a complex bittersweet taste. The aroma is of malty caramel and fruity esters. A soft hoppy finish progresses to a satisfying dryness and taste of spice.
- Three Hop Lager - 4.1% ABV
- A rich golden lager style beer brewed with three European hops. A light malt body is complemented by the earthy, spicy, and herbal qualities of Czech Saaz and Gernan Hallertauer Hersbrucker. The finish lends a lemony then assertive and spicy finish from French Strisselspalt hops.