Tennent’s Brewery, Glasgow, Scotland

This afternoon, I joined a tour of Tennent’s Brewery, Glasgow.  This is the dominant domestic lager producer in Scotland with about 60pct of the market, producing 5.0m cans per week.

The tour lasted about 75 mins during which we were shown the entire manufacturing  process commencing with malting the barley and then mashing, wort boiling, wort cooling, fermentation, maturation, filtration and packaging.

The brewery facilities are imaginatively and colourfully decorated with the focus on product promotion. In the bar is a collection of historic lager cans some of which feature decoration which would not be deemed politically correct today.

The site is historic, located close to Glasgow’s Cathedral and Necropolis. Robert Tennent started brewing here in 1556 with location influenced by availability of water in form of the Molendinar Burn (stream). There were many other breweries in the vicinity but only Tennent’s survived the centuries, staying under Tennant family control through to 1963. The brewery is now owned by an Irish drinks conglomerate.

The tour was well conducted although, surprisingly, barely features on the radar screen of visitor attractions in Glasgow.

Production facilities at Tennent’s Brewery, Glasgow, Scotland

Production facilities at Tennent’s Brewery, Glasgow, Scotland

Mash Tun, Tennent’s Brewery, Glasgow

Lager making ingredients, Tennent’s Brewery, Glasgow

Production rejects at Tennent’s Brewery, Glasgow, Scotland

Production area at Tennent’s Brewery, Glasgow, Scotland

Bar at Tennent’s Brewery, Glasgow, Scotland

Export products for sampling at Tennent’s Brewery, Glasgow

Vintage Lager Cans at Tennent’s Brewery

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