Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
I&G Roundel Logo.jpg
Location Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Active beers
Name Type
The Original Ale
Blood Red Sky Red ale
Kindred Spirits Irish Stout
Innis & Gunn Lager Lager
Innis & None Low-alcohol-pale ale
Gunnpowder IPA India Pale Ale

Innis & Gunn is a brewing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland, founded in 2003 by Master Brewer Dougal Gunn Sharp. [1]

Brewed in Glasgow at Wellpark (C&C Brewery) and in Inveralmond, Perth at Innis & Gunn Brewery, [2] Innis and Gunn is currently exported to over 28 countries. In 2009 it was the most popular British bottled beer sold in Canada,[3] and second most popular in Sweden.[4]

Since 2008, the business is family-owned, following a management buy-out from its original part-owners, William Grant and Sons.[4]

The beer was originally developed as a way of flavouring the barrels used by distiller William Grant for its ale cask reserve whisky.[5] The original plan was for the beer to be discarded after it had flavoured the barrel, but founder Dougal noted that the process had an agreeable effect on the beer, and thus ageing the beer in barrels became an end in itself.

Innis & Gunn was part of the nominated drinks list for the G8 Summit 2005 at Gleneagles Hotel. It was also an official corporate sponsor of the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2012.[6] Innis & Gunn Original also featured at the 2013 Walt Disney World EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival at the inaugural Scotland booth.[7]

In late 2016, to help grow the company, Innis & Gunn attempted to raise £1m through crowdfunding, The target was surpassed in just 72 hours and went on to raise £2.5m. [8]

In 2017 Innis & Gunn signed a distribution deal in China for its flagship ale 'The Original' [9]


Regular availability[edit]

  • Original - This is the brewery's flagship beer. It is aged using Bourbon Casks and Over Bourbon-infused heartwood in specialty "Oakerators" It is 6.6% alcohol by volume. At first only available as a bottled beer, it is now marketed in bottles, cans and as draught.
  • Blood Red Sky - A replacement to the old Rum Cask beer, Blood Red Sky is aged using Jamaican rum barrels and is a part of the core range offered by Innis & Gunn. This red beer is 6.8% ABV and is available in bottled and as draught.
  • Gunnpowder IPA - This India Pale Ale is 5.6% ABV and is available in cans, bottles and as draught. Using Cascade, Centennial and Mandarina Bavaria hops, Gunnpowder IPA has a crispy, clean finish with aromas of orange, grapefruit and pine.
  • Lager Beer - Innis & Gunn Lager Beer is a multi-award winning craft-brewed Lager, 4.6% ABV. It is crafted to be refreshing and full flavoured by adding zesty aromatic hops and naked golden oats to the brew. Available in cans, bottles and as draught.

Limited editions[edit]

  • Blonde - "Lightly" aged in oak barrels for 37 days. It is 6% ABV.
  • Canadian Cherrywood Aged - The company believes this is the first use of cherrywood in aging beer. Aged 49 days with maple syrup added.
  • Highland Cask - Aged in recycled Highland malt whisky casks. Maturation time for the beer and the age of the recycled single malt scotch barrels varies from batch to batch, from as little as 49 days (21-year-old) to 69 or 71 days (18-year-old).
  • India Pale Ale - Aged for 55 days in oak casks containing fresh hops.
  • Innis & None - Alcohol free pale ale with added ginseng and vitamin c.
  • Irish Whiskey Cask - Stout that is matured in Irish whiskey barrels for 60 days. Innis & Gunn state that the "rare" barrels come from a "famous distillery in Ireland" that is home to "one of the great triple distilled Irish Whiskeys", possibly implying that the barrels were previously used by Jameson.
  • Island Cask - Matured in Islay malt whisky barrels for 99 to 107 days depending on the release.
  • Kindred Spirits - Scottish Stout that is matured using the barrels of Tullamore D.E.W Irish Whiskey.
  • Kith and Kin - Stout matured in Irish whiskey barrels, made in partnership with Teeling Whiskey. 5.8% ABV.
  • Lager Beer - 4.6% ABV.
  • Maple and Thistle 150 - Created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada's confederacy. Maple and thistle rye ale, 5.9% ABV.
  • Mika's Choice - Bourbon barrel-aged jalapeno imperial stout. 8% ABV.
  • Scottish Pale Ale - Pale ale matured over oak for 41 days.
  • Oloroso Cask - Oak aged beer matured in rare Oloroso Sherry casks for 60 days, 7.4% ABV.
  • Raspberry Saison - Saison style beer. 6% ABV.
  • Session IPA - 4.2% ABV.
  • Frank & Sense Golden Ale - Golden ale infused with gold, frankincense and myrrh.
  • Spiced Rum Finish - Aged in oak barrels finished with oak chips from Caribbean spiced rum barrels for 47 days.
  • Toasted Oak IPA - An India Pale Ale aged on oak for 41 days.
  • Triple Matured - Triple matured in selected oak barrels for a total of 99 days.
  • White Oak Wheat Beer - Kristallweizen, 6.4% ABV.
  • Winter Beer - Seasonal brew that changes annually. The 2010 brew was aged for 61 days with "hints of ripe fruit, vanilla and caramel". The 2011 was aged for 48 days with "natural notes of orange zest, vanilla and oak". The 2012 bottling is notably different from previous batches as it was a porter, a first for Innis & Gunn, aged for 39 days and brewed with molasses with "hints of fruit and chocolate". The latter was brewed later and is now known as Winter Treacle Porter.


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