Whisky production to resume on site after more than a century
EDEN Brewery, the St Andrews-based craft brewer, is preparing to launch what it claims is the first whisky distillery in the town in 150 years.
Construction is already underway on the distillery, which is an extension of the existing brewery, and the firm intends to begin production of its first batch of whisky during the week of the Independence Referendum in September.
The Eden Mill distillery will produce Eden Mill single malt, which will be aged using a variety of different types of wood and various cask sizes.
The site of the Eden Brewery has a history of both brewing and distilling.
The Seggie distillery was founded there by famous whisky-producing family the Haigs in 1810, and converted by the family into a brewery in 1860.
The Haig brand is now owned by Diageo.
Eden co-owner Paul Miller has claimed that the new project will create Scotland’s only single-site brewery and distillery.
The new distillery is expected to create 11 jobs within the next two years.
“We are delighted to be announcing what we hope will be a really exciting venture,” said Miller.
“Support and recognition from the trade and consumers for our beer range has been fantastic and we are hugely excited to be creating a wee bit of history with the distillery.
“Customers are not daft and they really do seem to value the authentic production values and integrity and transparency in what we do with our beers.
“We hope those who visit us at ‘The Mill’ will see more of this as we share and demystify spirits making in the 21st century.”
The distillery project was financed by a combination of private funding and an RSA grant.
Eden Brewery’s range of beers includes St Andrews Blonde, Seggie Porter and Shipwreck IPA.
It is the latest expansion in what has been an eventful 2014 for the firm.
Earlier this year the brewery launched three of its beers – The 19th Brew; The Clock; and Shipwreck IPA in 30-litre kegs, launched its first major seasonal beer and announced that it was in talks with distributors in the United States with a view to launching bottled and keg products in the north east of the country.
It is also said to be in process of increasing production of its beer four-fold.
Eden Brewery’s range of beers includes St Andrews Blonde; Seggie Porter; and Whisky Barrel.