Cross Borders Brewery, Hardengreen Industrial Estate, Dalkeith

History - The owners of Cross Borders Brewery, Gary Munckton and Jonny Wilson have known each other since they were nine years old. In their teens they tried their best to become rockstars in their own band which didn't quite go to plan. What did go to plan was when they decided to partner up and create Cross Borders Brewery back in 2016. The pair both had the right qualifications to start their own brewery. Jonny having studying brewing at Heriot-Watt and then learning his trade at established brewers such as Stewart’s Brewery, Alechemy and at a Yorkshire brewery and Gary with a entrepreneurial and business mind would run the company and raise the funds. After setting up in an industrial estate in Dalkeith they started creating beers they believed would stand out in an already busy market place. They were very well received with growth of 326% in beer produced in their first year along with several awards including a Bronze Prize for Small Pack Beer and a Silver in 2017 for Independent Keg Beer at the San Francisco International Beverage Awards. This growth gave them confidence to push the brands further and to different markets such as Asian and Europe.

Beer – They have a put great attention into creating a range beers beers that are packed with flavour with a focus on the IPA style of beer. My favourite is also their best seller for obvious reasons. Their Tropical Pale Ale does what is says on the tin with flavours of pineapple and apricot and it definitely deserves the name BRAW.

Interesting fact - Not content with have a new and successful brewery the pair recently opened their own beer pub, The Portobello Tap, in, you guessed it, Portobello. They features 18 draught lines and 2 cask ale lines pouring a wide range of craft beers, lagers, and ciders. 8 of the lines are rotational meaning you will also see brews from some of Scotland’s finest independent breweries.

Why Visit? - The brewery is located just outside of Edinburgh and are easily accessible by train if you fancy a few beers. The tours and Taproom are open every weekend on Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10.30pm and well worth the visit.