Heather Ale has been brewed in Scotland since 325 BC by the Picts, a Celtic tribal race who defended their land from Roman, Saxon, Briton and Viking invasions. However, traces of a fermented beverage made with heather flowers have been found by archaeologists dating back to 2,000 BC. Brewed with heather flowers and Scottish malt, Fraoch has a distinctive floral aroma, full malt character and a dry wine-like finish. As one of the oldest styles of ales in the world there are many legends and folklore surrounding it.
Although Heather Ale has been brewed through the ages, it was in 1986 that Bruce Williams, a brewer and "homebrew" shop owner in Scotland, began making batches of Heather Ale using an old recipe. Into the boiling bree of malted barley, sweet gale and flowering heather are added, then after cooling slightly the hot ale is poured into a vat of freash heather flowers where it infuses for an hour before being fermented in copper turns. Once the formula was perfected, Bruce began selling Fraoch throughout Scotland and England and it is now available internationally.