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Belhaven Brewery

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Belhaven Brewery

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Gardenscene wrote a review Mar 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom195 contributions35 helpful votes
Belhaven Brewery Tour Crackin afternoon tour. Was received at reception by a very friendly man (can’t remember his name ATM) who took us round to the conference room and started the tour. He took great care to explain the history and reason this site was here. Spoiler alert, drunk monks. It was very clean and all the staff were friendly and said hi. I am quite tall and easily navigated my way through the low beams. Could not see a wheelchair fitting in some areas. If you have a fear of walking in metal open grate floors it’s not good. The tour was cut short as they were sterilising certain areas ready for the next batch, part of a real working brewery. At the end we sampled all the flavours on tap and even were privileged to a bottle opened for us. The flavours were instant and you can see why this is the best brewery as each sample had flavour unique to the area. My favourite was the ‘grapefruit’ infused, soooo citrusy and zesty. My Marra’s fave was the stout which was surprisingly refreshing, I’m not a stout drinker but this was nice. We returned to the conference room which you can hire however the bar is not free. This apparently holds 60 people but might be tight with live music area/stage. We were given a few freebies too and left in high spirits full of high spirits. Definitely worth the entry fee and definitely worth doing if your in the area. Recommend, definitely and have done several times already. Return again, absolutely thinking of where we can book the function room.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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eezee-to-pleeze wrote a review Feb 2020
Fortingall, United Kingdom70 contributions141 helpful votes
This tour reflects in its tone and content the pride and sense of belonging the staff clearly have to this 300+ year old brewery. Whilst now owned by a much larger organisation, the impression is firmly that of a small family-run business where making the visitor feel very welcome is of prime importance. Every member of staff was courteous and cheery, the tour was educational and the obligatory tasting of their beers, a cornucipia of tastes to suit all palates. Full marks, Belhaven, for a fine example of how to promote the brand.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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David B wrote a review Oct 2019
Waynesville, North Carolina70 contributions53 helpful votes
After some difficulty in booking the reserved spot on the tour and getting there and in the gate (simply press the buzzer on the gate and they will buzz you in), the effort was well worth it. It was the most hospitality ever shown to us on a brewery tour. Tommy was an awesome host, his tour was informative and his knowledge at the tasting was amazing. Their tasting room is beautifully done and the sampling portions of their products are generous. This is a don't miss tour if you are a beer lover.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Alan D wrote a review Jun 2018
Falkirk, United Kingdom41 contributions9 helpful votes
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I had one of my best pals over visiting from the US, we’re both real ale fans and have visited several breweries in California where he now lives, and we’ve long talked about visiting the home of one of our favourite Scottish tipples. This was a properly special afternoon out, a really interesting tour of a truly historic site in sunny seaside Dunbar, culminating in a tasting of several of their stunning ales in the beautifully appointed ‘Monk’s Retreat’ onsite bar. Tommy the tour guide was just great, full of facts and passion for the place and the subject, Vicky in Reception looked after the booking, sold us a selection of their fabulous fare (try the Oatmeal Stout) from their onsite off-license and welcomed us fabulously well, and the Head of Brewing who managed to find us a case of the excellent ‘Wee Heavy’ but whose name I am embarrassed to have forgotten (apologies), was a complete star. Great value at £8 for a pleasant couple of hours (£5 for concessions), only half an hour east of Edinburgh, I would thoroughly recommend a visit, thanks to all the staff down there, I’ll definitely be back.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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SimeyTravels wrote a review Jun 2018
San Diego, California3,139 contributions263 helpful votes
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Never imagined I'd have a chance to visit my favorite British-based brewery in person. I picked up a four-pack of Belhaven's Scottish Ale on a whim one year, and it was love at first sip. Out of curiosity, I did a Google search on Belhaven Brewery and realized that they're located right outside of Edinburgh. More Googling, and I realized that there's a train from Edinburgh to Dunbar, Belhaven's city. I excitedly told my husband I'd sent an email to the brewery to ask if they had any tours available during our vacation, and almost immediately got a reply from Vicky confirming their open dates and asking if we'd be interested. Hell yeah, I was interested! She told me that they don't run the tour with less than four people, so she said she'd let me know if they had to cancel. With that, there was nothing more I could do than wait and hope others joined the tour. The morning of our tour, we took the train into Dunbar Railway Station and walked a mile to the brewery, following the incredibly detailed directions previously provided by Vicky. We got there early, so we took a few pictures of the sign at the gate, then walked around the neighborhood for a bit. When it was time to check in, we pushed the button and were immediately admitted. Vicky welcomed us with a warm smile, and introduced us to the one other person on the tour, a nice gentleman from Glasgow. Turned out the tour would be just the three of us, which was fantastic (and amazing they didn't cancel). Tom was our guide - Tom is *everyone's* guide - and he was phenomenal. I think he was tickled by the fact that it was me who had pushed for the tour, and that I was the huge Belhaven fan (instead of my husband). He took us out onto the grounds, gave us a bit of history of the land and the buildings, and then took us into one of the buildings. Turns out Tom and Vicky are really the only ones that run the tours, which is incredible, given how popular they seemed to be. Tom runs both the public and the private tours and has been with Belhaven for years. He was very obviously proud of the beer and the company and took the time to shore up our knowledge of Belhaven's history before moving us along to the kilns. There were three brewers working the kiln room when we walked in, and they each welcomed us. Tom talked to us a bit more about what we were seeing, then took us upstairs to peek at the vats. He stopped to give us time to admire the equipment, answered our questions, and then took us to the last stop of the tour: The Monk's Retreat. But before we could get to the Monk's Retreat (and all the wonderful brews awaiting us inside), we stood in front of a fun light-up educational board, where Tom showed us the flow of beer, and how Belhaven manages every step from brewing to production to distribution. Then, it was (finally!) on to the best part: access to all the things Belhaven brews. The Monk's Retreat (so named because a monastery once lived on the lands) is a large open area fronted by a bar, just off a deck and an open courtyard. It's beautiful inside, and we three were the only ones around. Tom gave us a chance to taste as many beers as we wanted, after first giving us a brief overview of the styles he had available. The wall behind the bar is a showcase of the brewery's output, and the taps and bottle beer display is a showcase of the beers available for consumption that day. We made our way through many (several) of the beers on tap and were hazily thinking about starting our walk back to the train station when Tom asked me if I'd be interested in trying the Speyside Oak Aged Blonde Ale. My immediate response was "yes, please!" (because you never turn down a free beer), but I then followed that up with, "...as long as we split it between the three of us!" Hey, I love a free beer, but I had no desire to have to worry about my faculties - or my stomach - on the train back to Edinburgh. Turns out the Speyside Blonde was my favorite of the day...and also not available in the United States. Of course. We left the Monk's Retreat, slightly wobbly on our feet, and headed back towards Vicky and reception. We bought a few shirts (their stock was a bit low that day, but we made do), and then Vicky gave us more excellent directions on how to get from the brewery to "The Bridge to Nowhere". She said it'd be a quick jaunt, so though we were cutting it close, we hightailed it over. (She was right - it was a quick jaunt, but we still had to hoof it back to the train station, and by the time we got there, our buzz was gone.) At any rate, I'm so thrilled we got a chance to visit Belhaven, and that we were able to meet both Tom and Vicky. They are great people brewing fantastic beer, and I encourage any beer aficionado to book a tour. You won't be disappointed!
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Date of experience: March 2018
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