The Isle of Skye Brewery was established in April 1995, the first commercial brewery in Skye and the Western Isles.
December 1995 saw Our Products start rolling out the doors of purpose-built premises at Uig, Isle of Skye.
Initially a part-time operation, production moved to full-time in October 1998 when Angus MacRuary, one of the original founders, gave up his job as head of business education at Portree High School to concentrate on running the business. Brewing duties are undertaken by Angus`s wife Pam (widely recognised as the UK`s premier brewster) and Norrie MacLeod. Pam and Norrie, being qualified chefs, are experts in working difference recipes, which contribute towards the quality of Isle of Skye Brewery beers. Jonty Wallace, from New Zealand, is our trainee brewer, who completes our award-winning brewing team.
Our Beers are sent Out and About around Skye, Scotland and the UK. The United States, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France and Switzerland have all been helping to expand our overseas markets. Unfortunately we cannot export to the EU at the moment due to the attitude being taken by the UK`s Revenue and Customs. They insist that we have a £20,000 excise duty guarantee bond in place, which is impossible for a small brewery like ours. Contacts abroad tell us that it is only the UK that is so hard-line on this! Why?
Buth an Leanna (The Brewery Shop) has been established online, selling a wide range of branded items and beers, and on the premises retailing brewery souvenirs and Skye, and other Scottish bottled beers, and country wines. Our premises shop is open Easter until mid-October to visitors.
The attention to detail given to all aspects of production, distribution and customer care has been recognised in many awards at beer festivals and elsewhere throughout the UK, most of which are on show in the Trophy Room.
We recommend you take a little time and have a good look Around Here for information about Uig and the Isle of Skye . Then, if you look Over There, you`ll find a variety of `off island` businesses and associations, all very supportive of our endeavours, that have swapped links with us.
NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS
YOUNG PRETENDER - CAMRA CHAMPION BITTER OF SCOTLAND 2013
BLACK CUILLIN - CAMRA CHAMPION OLD ALE/STRONG MILD OF SCOTLAND & NORTHERN IRELAND 2013
We have offered tours in the past but, regrettably, are no longer able to do so. Although we have a small shop on-site, we have no visitor centre or guides. We are very busy at most times of the year and to provide tours we would have to take a member of staff off production duties. There are also health and safety issues in small busy premises like ours. We apologise to all and hope that, in the future, when we can open a small visitor centre we will be able to offer tours.
WEBSITE AND ON-LINE SHOP
We are working on a new website and on-line shop over the coming months. We are also rebranding our beers and merchandise and so have had to take our on-line shop merchandise sections off until we have new branded stock available. We have, however, left our beers on and you can still order them as before.
On of the benefits of our new set-up will be that we will be able to despatch items for the online shop from our new Glasgow depot and so there will be a very large saving in carriage costs, particularly for beers.
Isle of Skye Brewing Company
Telephone: UK (01470) 542477
Fax: UK (01470) 542488
Fax: UK (01470) 542488
The Pier, Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland IV51 9XP
© Isle of Skye Brewing Company Ltd 2008