Our Story

Our Story


Spearheading the barrel-ageing movement from Scotland, The Original bourbon barrel-aged beer is the one that started Innis & Gunn when Master Brewer Dougal Gunn Sharp founded the brewery in 2003.  The brewery has grown since then to be one of Scotland’s most successful international craft brewers, exporting to over 35 countries.  The Original continues to be Innis & Gunn’s flagship beer, alongside Innis & Gunn Lager which is the No.1 craft lager in Scotland.

Since our creation in 2003, we’ve been busy brewing up an ever growing range of flavour packed beers. In 2013 our Barrel Aged line up was joined by a portfolio including Innis & Gunn Craft Lager, Gunnpowder and Session IPAs, and a successful limited-edition range of barrel-aged beers. 

Innis & Gunn has grown to become one of the UK’s most successful international craft beer businesses. In 2017 we achieved our 14th consecutive year of double-digit volume growth, selling 2.5M cases of beer in over 35 countries.  We are the No.2 craft beer in the UK off-trade, No.1 imported craft beer in Canada, and in the top 3 imported craft beers in Sweden and the US.

The Innis & Gunn Brewery in Perth is our home for innovation and barrel-ageing, and we plan to build a new large scale brewery in our hometown of Edinburgh, the first new large brewery to be built in the capital in 150 years, in the next two years to meet exploding domestic and international demand for our beers.

Winning over fifty awards, Innis & Gunn beers are renowned for quality at home and internationally including Gold in the Scottish Beer Awards and prestigious Monde Selection.  2019 saw Innis & Gunn win Gold and Silver in the New York International Beer Awards, and take home the accolade of Scottish Brewery of the Year.