Broughton Ales is a small independent brewery situated in the beautiful village of Broughton in the Scottish Borders. Broughton lies between the towns of Biggar and Peebles on the A701 about 25 miles south of Edinburgh.
Founded in 1980, Broughton Ales was one of the new wave of "micro" breweries that appeared in the 1970s and 1980s in response to the demand for "real" or cask conditioned ale created by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
The beer on which Broughton Ales was founded was Greenmantle Ale which was a 3.9% draught ale. This was followed by Old Jock (6.7%) and Merlin's Ale (4.2%). At an early stage Broughton Ales included bottled beers in their portfolio. This proved to be very popular with the off-license trade and in particular with the supermarkets.
In the 1990s the concept of “Beers with Character” was developed whereby beers with distinct character were linked with characters from the history of the Scottish Borders. Drawing on this local history and legend, and using the finest malts and hops blended with pure Scottish water, Broughton now produce 10 different bottled beers, including an organic beer and an organic lager. As well as this, Broughton Ales produce 6 permanent and 12 seasonal cask ales and a mixed gas keg beer, Broughton Best.
These products are distributed throughout the UK as well as to a number of export markets across the world.