Belhaven Brewery turns 300!

Belhaven Brewery, Scotland’s oldest working brewery, now owned by Greene King,  is turning 300 years old in 2019 and is marking its tricentenary birthday with a year-long programme of celebrations. These include the launch of a birthday celebration pale ale beer called 1719, a weekend music festival at the brewery, and the opening of a new visitor centre in the summer.

Founded in 1719 by local man John Johnstone, Belhaven Brewery has been brewing from its brewery in Dunbar ever since. It took its name Belhaven, which means ‘beautiful bay’ from its coastal location in East Lothian.

Speaking about the 300th anniversary managing director Matt Starbuck said,  “John Johnstone would no doubt be delighted to see his beloved brewery today, not only the oldest working brewery in Scotland and the home of Scottish brewing but a thriving innovative business and a great Scottish success story abroad. With 30% of all Belhaven beer now enjoyed overseas and a market leading position at home, Belhaven has plenty to celebrate.”

“We are continuing to invest in Belhaven with a new visitor centre opening this year bringing tourism to Dunbar and warmly welcome fans of Belhaven beer to join us in celebrating the brewery birthday this year.”


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