Tennent Caledonian Breweries
- Telephone 0845 166 6040
- Opening times Mon–Fri 9am–5pm.
- Website www.tennents.com
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.
As Scotland's favourite pint we've been welcomed into your homes for years. Now it's your turn to come to ours.
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. The tour takes you through the process from refining the ingredients to mashing, malting, brewing, kegging and more. The guided part of the tour lasts about one hour, but your experience doesn't end there. Once you've seen the production process, you can enjoy a complimentary pint. If you thought Tennent's couldn't get any better, try it at its freshest at the Wellpark Brewery.
We've been part of Scotland and its culture for generations. So, while you're enjoying your free pint, have a look around our T Room visitor area. This is a chance to learn about the rich heritage of one of the country's most loved brands. Follow us from the very origins of brewing at Wellpark, to the present day support of Scottish music and football. Plus, as well as a rare collection of Tennent's packaging, there's a chance to watch your favourite Tennent's adverts from over the decades and also a shop to buy some exclusive Tennent's goodies.
Tours must be booked in advance.
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Tennent's Heritage Walk Trail
Learn about Glasgow's past on this walking tour taking in the Necropolis, Ladywell and Kirkhaven School. All that learning will work up a thirst so Tennents are including a pint at the end.
Sat 17 Dec
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