Five Kingdoms microbrewery began in 2015 and sits in the beautiful harbourside village of The Isle of Whithorn in Dumfries and Galloway. The small fishing village is nestled on the tip of the Machars peninsula, close to the stunning Galloway Forest hills and is Scotland’s most southerly brewery. Five Kingdoms, so called because England, Ireland, The Isle of Man, Wales and Scotland can all be visible on a clear day from the Isle. It came about through a mutual passion for beer of publican Alastair Scoular who owns and runs The Steam Packet Inn, the village’s only pub and his head chef Brendon Dennett. Brendon, who had previously worked at renowned Scottish brewery 6 Degrees North in Stonehaven brought this wealth of brewing knowledge to the partnership. With the location, premises and experience of the pub trade and a pure passion for real ale, Alastair and Brendon were the perfect balance for a successful venture to create honest, fine ales.
Alastair’s strong ethos, established over 20 years of running the award winning pub, for sourcing as much local produce as possible was a real catalyst for taking the plunge with the brewery. “What could be better than giving your customers your own beer in your own pub, which was made just up the road?”. The Steam Packet Inn already has a longstanding reputation for serving great food alongside quality real ales and has appeared in the Good Beer Guide for over 20 years, as well as winning numerous CAMRA awards.
“We felt pretty confident that our customer base for the beer was already in place, and we knew that the pub customers would be really excited to try our own brews. Everyone has been incredibly supportive of Five Kingdoms”.
The brew recipes are kept simple and clean with good honest ingredients. But it is not only the taste of the beers that interest people, each brew is individual and often dedicated to a character in the village or a life experience. To find out more check out our beers page.
Following the huge success of the cask ales, the brewery has recently begun bottling and are finding it challenging to keep up with demand. Such positive growth for Five Kingdoms is a hugely motivating factor for Alastair and Brendon to take their microbrewery to the next level. They are hoping to begin distributing to local outlets shortly making their already popular ales available to a much wider audience. Watch this space!