Cairngorm Brewery

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Cairngorm Brewery

Cairngorm Brewery is a brewery based in Aviemore, in the Highlands of Scotland. It is situated in the Dalfaber Industrial Estate at the north end of the village, and is within the Cairngorms National Park.


Cairngorm Brewery was formed from the merger of Aviemore Brewery with Tomintoul Brewery.

Tomintoul Brewery began brewing in 1993, and was based in an 18th-century watermill near the village of Tomintoul. It was taken over by Aviemore Brewery in 2000, which became Cairngorm Brewery in 2001.[1]

Cairngorm Brewery has supported the Highland Tiger Project, which is working to save the Scottish Wildcat. For each bottle of Wildcat beer sold, the brewery makes a donation to the project.[2]


Cairngorm produce a range of beers which are available all year in cask or bottle. They also produce a number of seasonal cask beers. Permanent beers include:

  • Sheepshaggers Gold / Cairngorm Gold
  • Stag
  • Wildcat
  • Nessies Monster Mash
  • Black Gold
  • Trade Winds
  • Blessed Thistle
  • Ginger Rodent - launched in 2012 with local MP and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander. The name is from a comment by Harriet Harman, who referred to Alexander as a "ginger rodent".[3]

Black Gold and Trade Winds have won a number of awards in the Champion Beer of Scotland, presented by the Campaign for Real Ale.[4]


  1. ^ "Is the cheer running dry for Scottish breweries?". The Scotsman. 23 August 2005. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Beer drinkers boost campaign to save Scotland's wildcat". STV. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Danny Alexander launches Ginger Rodent beer". BBC News. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Champion Beer of Scotland". Campaign for Real Ale. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 

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Coordinates: 57°12′03″N 3°49′13″W / 57.2009°N 3.8202°W / 57.2009; -3.8202