First minister Nicola Sturgeon officially opens St Andrews Brewing Co’s new brewery

Capping off a successful year, a brewing company in Fife has just had the First Minister officially open their new St Andrew's brewery. 

Published 4th Oct 2019
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

The St Andrew's Brewing Co. were celebrating a successful crowdfunding, capped off with Nicola Sturgeon attending the new brewery site in the heart of the town, where she given a tour of the new venture and even given a beer or two to sample.

The First Minister was met by managing director Philip Mackey, business development director Tim Butler and members of the Board and the Brewery team, before being shown around the brewing premises and seeing the fermentation vessel she was asked to name.

St Andrew's Brewing Co.

On being asked, the First Minister explained that the name, Lady Ale, came to her following the recent ruling from the Supreme Court.

Ms Sturgeon, along with Stephen Gethins, the MP for the North East Fife, enjoyed a tasting of the St Andrews Brewing Company’s award-winning beers before attempting to pour some craft ales from the brewery tap room.

Brewing company MD, Philip Mackey said, “It’s a fantastic accolade for the Brewing Company that Ms Sturgeon came to open the new brewhouse in her capacity of First Minister of Scotland. She took a very keen interest in the recent growth of the company and took the time to speak individually to every member of the Brewing Company team and our invited guests from St. Andrews Links Trust, the University and Business Gateway Fife.”

It's been a good year for the brewery which recently secured a £600,000 a deal to supply Sainsbury's with beer in its Scottish stores as well as opening its fourth venue in Dundee earlier this year.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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