St. Killian Importing
Based just 30 miles east of Edinburgh in the coastal town of Dunbar, Belahaven Brewery is the largest regional brewery in Scotland. It takes its name from a Benedictine monastery located on a nearby island and can trace its commercial activity to 1719.
John Crabbie & Co. dates back to Edinburgh, Scotland 1801. Founder John Crabbie was a born innovator and used the nearby Port of Leith to import only the best ginger from Asia. He used his flair and imagination to conjure up famous recipes, most notably "Crabbie's Ginger Wine," which was a truly great drink combining the best of Britain with exotic influences. Throughout the rest of the 19th and 10th centuries, John Crabbie's entrepreneurial and inventive spirit endured to make Crabbie's a household name. The iconic elephant trademark is a symbol of Crabbie's heritage. Elephants were traditionally used to explore untrodden grounds and procure ingredients.
In 2004, Young's announced a review of its brewing operations in Wandsworth. The difficulties experienced in brewing on this ancient and enclosed site, coupled with the desire of the local authority to acquire and re-develop the site forced the company to consider its options. After a 2 1/2 year review, Young's decided to sell the Ram Brewery site and enter into a joint venture with the Bedford brewer, Charles Wells, creating a new force in the industry, Wells & Young's Brewing Company Ltd. There had been a long-standing personal relationship between the Youngs and the Wells families. The decision to combine their joint heritage of brewing expertise, traditional techniques, master brewers' craft and the highest quality ingredients with the many benefits of a large, modern brewery would safeguard the future of Young's ales for generations to come.