Scotland’s first Sake Brewery

The Arran Brewery has acquired a five acre site in Dreghorn for Scotland’s first Sake Brewery.   The site will house, subject to the appropriate planning consents, Scotland’s first Sake Brewery as well as a state of the art brewing and distilling research and teaching centre.   Managing Director Gerald Michaluk said “ It may not at first appear there is a connection between Dreghorn, near Kilmarnock, and Japan but there is. In Japan you will find a small piece of Scotland in the form of a church which once graced Dreghorn but which was dismantled and rebuild in Tokyo. As well as the Sake brewery which will almost exclusively export it’s Sake to Japan there will be our research and development centre and a brewing and distilling training school subject of course to licensing. We have been making Sake on a very small, almost domestic, scale and are now ready to build a sizable facility”.   The site of the development is the former Dreghorn Primary School and consist of three existing buildings and associated grounds. Formal planning applications will be made within the next three months and it is hoped the Sake Brewery will be in production by the winter the traditional time to make Sake in Japan.   The Arran Brewery is in the process of raising funds through a “crowd funding” initiative which draws to a close at 11am on the 4th April part of the funds raised will be used to fund this project. Details of the offer can be found at www.arranbrew.co.uk

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