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We just had a week in Scotland, tried a few beers along the way and also had a look-see at the www.lochnessbrewery.co.uk


After a couple of poor beer days in Pitlochry we went onto Inverness and the surrounding areas, going to the Benleva Hotel before seeing the brewery and having our lunch and a few beers at the Pub first where Steve is the Owner/Landlord, their beers were on fine form with a good selection of both their own and other cask ales.

Steve showed us round…
They started life at the back of the Hotel with a 2.5BBL brewery (now their brewery shop) but have moved a short distance away and are currently brewing on an 8BBL kit which will stretch to 10BBL once they upgrade their Mash Tun, it was all built by www.ObanAles.co.uk and looks like quality kit.

The relocated Brewery is in an old social club building:
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The Barrels with various beers being aged:
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This is Allan doing a bit of racking:
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Nice to meet Steve & Allan, George their brewer (though they all brew) was out delivering in Edinburgh. I got to try a Barrel Aged Imperial Stout which was fantastic, look out for short-run bottle conditioned beers from Lochness as they are well worth a purchase.

You can follow the Brewery and Hotel on Twitter:
@LocknessBrewery
@BenlevaHotel

Also worthy of a mention is the savior that was ‘The Highland Beer Shop‘ a tiny place within shouting distance of where we stayed in Inverness with a really keen/helpful owner who sell a good range of interesting World/Local beers @HLBShop

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