The first listing of cider presses as a source of income appears in 1230 in a Royal Charter granted to Jocelin Bishop of Bath.
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Individuals & Groups
Tours run by prior arrangement, generally at 10.30am or 2.30pm, except for Friday when there is only the morning tour. Due to the brewery's size, groups are limited to 12 people. Emma at Belhaven says it tends to be easiest to find the best time if you ring with two or three dates in mind – so far they've never failed!
Belhaven beers & gifts
Train: Dunbar, 1.3 miles
Bus: from Edinburgh or Berwick-upon-Tweed to Dunbar
Mon-Fri: tour times, 10.30am or 2.30pm
Christmas & New Year
Get in Touch
Tel: 01368 869200
Be assured of a warm welcome at Belhaven. Within an hour of Edinburgh on the outskirts of historic Dunbar, sits Scotland's oldest continuously working brewery. With waters akin to those under Burton and ready access to barley, it is perhaps unsurprising that brewing extends back many centuries to canny monks resident in the area.
Now part of Greene King, Belhaven retains its identity and its centuries of history – including a spell in the 1970s when Miss World's Eric Morley was in charge – make an interesting start to your tour, supping a half of your choice in the Monk's bar. Friendly guides take you through the brewery, explaining with skill and humour the processes in question. If the weather's good, you'll finish in the Monk's garden for your tutored tasting. Otherwise it's back to the bar – no great shame!
- Lighter bottles – glass weight reduced by 8%
- Lighting control – the brewery uses a passive infra-red system, so lights only come on when necessary and are timed to go off
- Air leaks – an ultrasonic leak detector allows any leaks to be picked up ASAP, reducing excess electricity consumption
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