Mackays’ Supplier Series: John o’ Groats Brewery

We love shining a spotlight on local suppliers and here’s one for the beer lovers amongst us – John O’ Groats Brewery! At Mackays Hotel, we are biased towards a dram of locally distilled whisky, but our bar is always stocked with John o’ Groats Brewery beer. They are an artisan craft brewery, taking pride in the ingredients, the process and the care that goes into every drink.

John O' Groats Brewery Banner

What makes them so special?

Being the only craft brewery in Caithness and the most northerly brewery on mainland Britain is a reputation that John o’ Groats Brewery embraces and exceeds. They use traditional methods and locally sourced ingredients like Highland water. This is important for the brewery as it means that there’s a piece of Caithness in every sip.

Award-winning ales

The brewery’s first ale, the First Footing Golden Ale, is still a favourite. The First Footing Golden Ale is the perfect drink for an ale lover or someone that wants to try something beautifully blended. But there’s a great range of golden, amber and blonde ales to choose from. An oatmeal stout such as Deep Groat would be our pick when it comes to stouts. The coffee and chocolate notes make it a great warming drink for a cold Scottish evening.

Visitor Experience

Visitors can take an audio tour at the Visitor Centre to learn about the local history of Caithness and its brewing past. You’ll see the brewery itself and have the opportunity to try a range of ales in the Tasting Room. Then pick up something to take home at the Brewery Shop.

The exterior of the John O' Groats Brewery visitor centre

It is so refreshing to see a brewery valuing a handcrafted, small-scale process and you can really taste the difference. Discover more about this wonderful supplier on the John O’ Groats Brewery website. And find out more about our other suppliers in our Mackays’ Supplier Series.

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