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Ayrshire & Galloway – Ayr
The Ayrshire & Galloway has stopped selling real ale.

First Edition – Kilmarnock
The First Edition closed its doors for a few days in January to undergo a refurbishment.  The makeover was completed on time and the re-opening party was held on 25 January.  Just in time to celebrate Rabbie’s birthday.

Smoking Goat – Ayr
We are happy to report that The Smoking Goat has reopened and is currently selling two ales.

Waterfront – Ayr
The Waterfront in South Harbour Street has just installed a hand pull and is being supplied by Ayr Brewing Company.

Padaro – Lugton
The outlet formerly known as The Canny Man has been re-branded as The Padaro Bar & Restaurant.  It continues to sell cask ale.

Weston Tavern – Kilmaurs
Kilmaurs pub, the Weston Tavern, has added a second hand pull.  The new hand pull will feature ales from Merchant City Brewing.

Brewery News

£900 was donated to Ulster Wildlife from the sales of bottles of Arran Red Squirrel to support the reintroduction of Red Squirrels to North Down, Northern Ireland.

Sour Beer – The Arran View Brewery in Dreghorn has begun pilot production of the new range of “Arran Sour Beers” with head brewer Jose Bravo. It is hoped to have them available in all formats.

Cider – Has been started at the Loch Earn premises. The first 1000 litre batch has been fermenting away over the autumn/winter and it is hoped it will be ready for Easter. There is also going to be a hop-flavoured variant available.


Ayr beers are now available in Waterfront and the recently re-opened Smoking Goat.  ABC had a tasting event at the Burn’s National Museum to coincide with Rabbie’s birthday. 

After 4 years of dedicated service, Mike Tomlinson has stepped down as Brewery Liaison Officer to Ayr Brewing Company.  At the recent January committee meeting the new BLO, Ronnie Beveridge, was confirmed as his replacement.

Five Kingdoms
Not much news but Alastair has acquired his new fermenters and having taken walls down at the Brewery to get them in, and rebuilt the walls, he is ready to start the installation. Still selling plenty beer and bottles and is looking to offer PINS over the winter to rural pubs who struggle to clear a full barrel in the allotted time 7-10
days. Bitter X Blonde has been produced using new hops (Citra) and we sampled it. Tasted good and slightly more fruity than before. Rest is ‘as is’.

The leasing of the Steam Packet is still being explored and he has been interviewing clients, but nothing agreed as yet.

Equipment now in new premises but no sign of brewing recommencing as yet.

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