While 1719 may be the earliest documented evidence of the Belhaven Brewery, there may well have been beer production on the site pre-16th century as the wells and certain cellar vaults are known to date from around the time of the Reformation.
Monks (noted for brewing skills) settled in the area from the 12th century. Luckily they had access to both fine water and top quality local barley.
Belhaven is the oldest operating brewery in Scotland as well as that of Britain as a whole.
The brewery still maintains a staunch dedication to historical Scottish style brewing. At one time, like many of Scotland’s long gone breweries, Belhaven had its own maltings that supplied not only the brewery but nearby distilleries.
The brewery was purchased by Greene King of Suffolk in 2005. Significant refurbishing and expansion has taken the brewery from a capacity of roughly 30,000 barrels per year in 1992 to around 100,000 barrels per year today with current production running at nearly 75,000 barrels.