Tennent Caledonian Breweries
Produced since 1885 at Glasgow’s Wellpark Brewery, on the banks of the Molendinar Burn, Tennent’s lager is by far the biggest-selling lager in the Scottish market. Beer has been made on the site since 1556, making it Glasgow’s longest continually active business spot; H&R Tennent established their brewery in 1740 (known back then as the Drygate Brewery). Tennent’s were originally known for their stout and strong export ales, before concentrating on the lighter stuff – in more ways than one. The lager cans were once famous for being printed with photos of pretty girls, or ‘lager lovelies’, and have become a sought-after collectors’ item since the design was discontinued in 1989. Tennent’s now brew the ubiquitous lager at 4% ABV, Tennent’s Original Export, which uses a different malt, Special (3.5%), Light Ale (3.1%) and the knock-out Super, a can of which, at 9%, contains 4.5 units. The recent launch of Caledonia Best took them into ale territory and some break-away branding, as well as the creation of the Seed Fund, which supports Scottish brewing and farming – 5p of every pint of Best goes into the fund. They’ve been something of a trailblazing company: the first to brew lager in the UK, the first to bring out draught lager in 1924, the first canned lager in 1935 and the first keg lager in 1963. In spring 2014 Drygate Brewing Co opened up next door to Wellpark, a collaboration between Tennent's and craft brewers Williams Bros that includes an experimental brewery, bar and restaurant V @ Drygate (V for Vintage, the successful Edinburgh bar), events space, a beer hall and a brew-your-own studio kit for hands-on involvement. The Wellpark visitors' centre offers tours (£7.50pp - book in advance or walk in), a history of the company and has a merchandise shop.
Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow is home to more than 450 years of brewing tradition and award winning beers. Our new tour takes you behind the scenes to discover how we make Tennent's so special.
We've been part of Scotland and its culture for generations. This is a chance to learn about the rich heritage of one of the country's most loved brands as well as about the production processes that have taken place at Wellpark from through the centuries up to today.
Follow us from the very origins of brewing at Wellpark, to present day support of and passion for Scottish music and football. As well as a rare collection of vintage and retro Tennent's packaging, there's a chance to watch your favourite Tennent's adverts from over the decades and also a shop to buy exclusive Tennent's goodies… And to top it all off, there might even be a cheeky wee taste of Scotland's Favourite at the end of the tour in it for you. Tasty
Adult - £12.50 Student/Concession/Junior - £9 Family of 4 - £30 Private Tour - £175
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