Just at the beginning of October, we had the pleasure of visiting the oldest inhabited house in Scotland – Traquair house, and the brewery that has been based in the house for the last 300 years. Based just outside Peebles, to the south of Edinburgh, Traquair is definitely one amazing place every fan of the craft beer experience should visit.
We knew about their “Jacobite ale” which we recently reviewed, but we wanted to learn more about the history behind their venture. Truth to be told, during our visit we didn’t really see the place where the beer is being brewed but we had a good look around the brewery shop and we had a very interesting and insightful chat with the guy who was running it for the day. According to his information, the brewing process at Traquair is being carried out by only three people. They brew twice per week in a capacity of only eight barrels. What makes them really unique is the fact that they still brew their very strong ales as if it is 1745 – they hardly use any new technique or ingredients, keeping to the true spirit of craft beer making. At the moment Traquair breweing house works with some of the Edinburgh branches of Waitrose as well as with partners in a few countries where beer is treated in a more special way – USA, Canada, Japan, Croatia… At their current set up the brewery doesn’t do its bottling. Once the brew is ready, it is being transported for bottling in England and then returned back to Traquair.
On top of the core beers produced in the 300 year old brewery, in the craft shop you can also find bannock, mustard and even shampoo made from the “Jacobite ale”.
All in all, Traquair has on offer the best of craft breweing you can enjoy anywhere in the UK. It’s a fantastic place to visit and you’ll definitely have a great day out and some unique beers to test while you enjoy the scenic views.
We definitely recommend Traquair to anyone who loves quality beer!