Kinneil Brew Hoose
A tiny microbrewery, tucked in behind the Corbie Inn in Bo’ness in Central Scotland.
A traditional brewery, the Kinneil Brew Hoose, used only the finest malts and hops in their brews. Brewing, casking and bottling their traditional ales by hand.
No automation there! All the beers were mashed, fermented and cask-conditioned to perfection before leaving the brewery by Stuart Simpson the brewer.
The brewery could produce 368 litres of ale in a brew. There were two fermenters in the brewery, so three batches (or “gyles” ) every two weeks was possible.
The first cask of beer produced in November 2011: Pennvael Amber Ale. Introduced almost a month after The Corbie Inn opened its doors on 28 October 2011.
Since then a varied range were brewed, all which were well received and always popular in the bar.
Kinneil Brew Hoose was an independent brewery located behind the Corbie Inn.
It was not a part of the Corbie Inn. The beers were regularly on tap and proved to be very popular with both regulars and visitors alike.
But Doors are Closing!
Unfortunately, for beer and ale lover in Bo’ness and further afield, the brewery is closing its doors.
Stuart, the owner and brewer, having reached beyond retiral age, has decided it is time to put his feet up and enjoy a beer or two himself, albeit none of his own!
But until the doors are closed for the last time there is still stocks of bottled beers available and on sale.
The brewery will be missed by all those who had enjoyed the ales in the past whether in cask or bottle. We are sure everyone wishes Stuart the very best for the years to come. Cheers!
Brewing had a long history with Bo’ness
Kinneil village was sited to the west of Kinneil House, once the seat of the Dukes of Hamilton. As the its main street or causeway it used the base of the Roman rampart.
In the 17C the main occupation of the villagers was malting and brewing. At that time brewing was not done on a commercial scale. The Kinneil villagers would have brewed in a small dwelling or hoose.
When Bo’ness became a village, the inhabitants were bound by their title deeds to have their barley malted at the Brewlands of Kinneil.
What did the Romans ever do for us?
A question first asked in the Monty Python film, The Life of Brian. It transpired they actually did quite a lot! The Romans may have even brought brewing to our shores.
If they did bring brewing to our shores then that’s something we should thank them for; they weren’t all bad then!
There might not be any hard evidence that they brewed at their fortlet at Kinneil. It’s fun to think of the Centurians quaffing the odd pint or two of an evening when they weren’t on duty or subduing the local natives!
The name of the Kinneil Brew Hoose marked the presence of the Romans on the Antonine Wall as well as reviving the tradition of the ancient Kinneil brewers.
And, maybe one day we will find one of their recipes and be able to re-create one of their own brews.