New whisky distillery and brewer for Inverness

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For the first time for nearly 40 years, Inverness is set to get a new whisky distillery and brewery creating around 40 jobs.

Uilebheist is a new low carbon distillery and brewery named after the Scots’ Gaelic word for ‘monster’ and the £6m development will be ‘sustainably powered’ by the water from the River Ness.

Uilebheist owner Jon Erasmus commented, “Creating both beer and whisky simultaneously will allow us to offer an immediate product and whilst we wait for the whisky to reach maturity, there will be an opportunity to own one of a limited number of casks of the Uilebheist Single Malt Whisky distilled in the first year of production, through our cask programme.

“Alongside exceptional beer and whisky, we aim to raise the bar when it comes to visitor experiences and hope that the project will lead the way for Scotland’s hospitality sector in the area”.

Beer and whisky production will begin this year, and the brewery’s five core beer styles is expected to be available to purchase by late November.

The Uilebheist Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky will be created as the core whisky product and will be released once matured, along with rare cask finishes and single cask bottlings in the years ahead.

The distillery and brewery will be headed up by Bruce Smith, who has a Masters degree in brewing and distilling from Heriot-Watt University and spent the last decade working in the craft beer industry Smith commented, “We are on track to officially open in November and begin beer production which visitors can enjoy in the taproom.

“Whisky production will commence later this year, due to our small scale we will only produce around 200 casks annually, making Uilebheist one of the rarest whiskies in Scotland.

“The whisky will be matured in ex-bourbon and sherry casks, but the whisky will let us know when it’s ready and we have no intention to rush it.”

Onsite heat pumps within the sustainability centre will provide heating and hot water, which is also distributed throughout the Glen Mhor Hotel complex and the site will be entirely removed from the gas grid.

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