Old Jock Scotch Ale Celebrates with expansion plans


Forty years have passed since Scottish Ale Old Jock first made an appearance in pubs and bars throughout Scotland, and this year the beers brewer, Broughton Ales , plans to extend distribution across the UK.

It builds on a successful year for Old Jock which picked up CAMRA’s The Champion Strong Ale of Scotland Award in December, following on a from Old Jock’s gold award in the strong ale category and the SIBA Scotland’s overall best cask ale award in September 2023. It means that Old Jock’s success in Scotland guarantees that it will represent Scotland in the spring 2024 SIBA and CAMRA UK finals.

David McGowan of Broughton Ales commented, ‘’ As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Old Jock, the brand has doubled in size in the last 5 years and won a host of awards from our peers at SIBA and from beer fans at CAMRA.

“Entering 2024, we are looking to extend distribution of Old Jock Scotch Ale into other parts of the UK, particularly at on-trade beer festivals and in selected pubs and bars. We are also seeing more bars stock Old Jock in bottles, which has proven particularly popular with tourists and visitors.

“Our head brewer Ian Smith has been with us for over 40 years and Old Jock is  still hand-crafted using the same brewing process and open fermentation vessels which gives the beer it’s unique award-winning flavour.”

McGowan added ‘beer drinkers of all ages are looking for heritage and provenance, and quite simply Old Jock is a masterclass in Scottish Brewing, and our cask variant has the medals on the mantlepiece.’