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New Distilleries for Galloway and Portpatrick Brewery

There have been some exciting recent developments in the Portpatrick area of interest to those who enjoy a tipple!

Bladnoch Distillery near Wigtown

Scotland`s most southerly distillery, Bladnoch near Wigtown has been closed for some time. We are delighted that Bladnoch Distillery has been purchased by David Prior, an Australian who has plans to double production at the still. He also plans to launch Pure Scot – a new blend which it is hoped will connect with a new generation of whisky drinkers in Australia.

Bladnoch Distillery will be 200 years old in 2017 and a new bottling of single malt is planned by that time.

Wigtown and Bladnoch are withing easy travelling distance from Portpatrick and a popular day out when on holiday.

A new distillery planned for Newton Stewart

Plans are in hand for a brand new distillery near Newton Stewart – this time with the focus on gin. The company behind the development is Crafty Scottish Distillers who will create quality spirits from scratch using locally sourced grain. It is hoped that the business will open next year.

Crafty Scottish Distillers chose Galloway because of its clean air, fresh water, natural beauty and locally grown ingredients.

Once gin production is up and running, it is also planned to introduce whisky and vodka. The producers are teaming up with a local botanist to find new ways to flavour the spirits produced.

The building will be an attraction in itself as it will include a tasting room while the building will be incorporated into the hillside, with a glass front and a grass roof.

Portpatrick Brewery

Finally, closer to home in Portpatrick, the locally based brewery is to incorporate the real ale brewed specially for Lifeboat Week – 16-21 bitter,  into its permanent range of draught ales. The name is the registration number of Portpatrick Lifeboat. Look out for this ale in The Crown – a great place for a pint when staying at Rickwood House B&B.

Remember that Rickwood stocks two of Portpatrick Brewery`s bottled ales – Dorn Rock and Foghorn – a great reason to stay at Rickwood.


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