BRAW SCOTTISH BEER
MICROBREWED IN MIDLOTHIAN
OUR CORE BEERS
OUR SEASONAL BEERS
NON CORE & COLLABORATIONS
OUR JOURNEY SO FAR
A story, almost 30 years in the making…
1990 – Gary and Jonny meet, aged 9, at the Kinross after-school gulag and bond over custard creams and table football. Gary wins the football. Jonny eats most of the biscuits. Instant friends.
2001 – They shack up in a student flat in Edinburgh. They brew their first beer together following Uncle Jocky’s fabled recipe, first conceived in 1976 as a direct protest against the 1972 Geneva Protocol on Weaponised Biological Agents. Coincidentally, Jonny’s bowels were added to the Protocol shortly after syphoning.
2006 – Gary meets a New Yorker and embarks on a transatlantic romance. On one of his trips across the pond he falls in love – with American beer culture. They marry a few years later. The New Yorker doesn’t receive an invite.
2010 to 2015 – Jonny supports his studies by working at some of the UK’s best independent breweries. Gary continues to support Jonny by making him his packed lunch in a Power Rangers lunch box.
2000 – In the days before Facebook, the old friends become reacquainted after bumping into each other on a bus. Jonny ignores Gary. Gary definitely does not go home and cry himself to sleep. Jonny finally finds his way off the bus in late Spring.
2002 – Inspired by the success of Popstars: The Rivals’ One True Voice, Jonny and Gary form a band. Together with their band mates, they write the song, ‘Cross Borders’: a haunting, if poorly spelled, ballad about angry lodgers.
2010 – The boys decide to start a brewery. Jonny goes back to school, is told that he can’t repeat Primary Six a third time, so instead enrols at Heriot Watt to study Brewing and Distilling. Gary makes him his packed lunch in a Power Rangers lunch box.
2016 – Gary and Jonny officially launch Cross Borders Brewing Company in July 2016 at the Stockbridge Tap in Edinburgh. Gary works hard on the business paperwork; Jonny makes him his packed lunch in a carrier bag. He’d left the Power Rangers lunch box at work.
We’ve not been around for long but we’ve been busy making waves.
TAPROOM & TOURS
Our Taproom is now open
We are currently running our taproom fortnightly at the brewery. Try a selection of 6 of our beers – including the occasional taproom special! For the next opening date, please check out our Facebook events page.
After receiving many requests, we have decided to begin offering tours as a complimentary option during our Saturday taprooms!
Saturdays @ 2pm, 3pm & 4pm – we’ll make an announcement to those at the taproom to join. If you’re interested in a tour outside of this time, please get in contact and we’ll do our best to accommodate.
WHAT IS BRAW?
By definition, “Braw” is a Scot’s word for something grand, pleasing, beautiful – basically all that is good. At Cross Borders, we believe that life is better when you’re braw which is why we not only include it on the packaging of all beers that we make (including the pinnacle Braw pale ale, itself), we live it. But what is it about us that we think is so “braw?” In this case, braw bleeds into all that we do, from the beers that we produce, to the ways we can actively cut down on our carbon footprints at the brewery itself, to just our general outlook on the industry and life. We brew beer for folks without pretension to be shared in good company no matter where you are. Enjoy it by the pint, schooner, half or third – as enjoying it is the best part!
STOCKISTS & DISTRIBUTION
Cornelius Beer & Wine – 18-20 Easter Rd
The Beerhive – 24 Rodney St
Great Grog Bottle Shop – 2 Dalkeith Rd
Appellation Wines – 63 Comely Bank Rd
Beer Zoo – 219 High St, Portobello
High Spirit Drinks – 76 Dalry Rd/77 Slateford Rd
Bottle Baron – 60 Clerk St
Drinkmonger – 11 Bruntsfield Place
Royal Mile Whiskies – 379 High St
Jeffrey St Whiskies – 12-14 Jeffrey St
32-34 Comiston Road
1 Grange Loan
37 E Market St
N W Circus Place
30 Broughton St
Valhalla’s Goat – 449 Great Western Rd
Good Spirits Co – 23 Bath St
Marchtown – 741 Pollokshaws Rd
Maxwell’s – 166 Nithsdale Rd
Eskbank Trading – Eskbank
Restoration Yard – Dalkeith County Park
Bridgend Services – Ladybank Rd, Cupar
Dunnotar Wines & Spirits – 32A Evan St, Stonehaven
Beer Craft – 2 Horsemarket, Kelso
Drinkmonger – 100 Athol Road, Pitlochry
Luvians – 66 Market St, St Andrews
Westhill Service Station Ltd – Straik Road, Aberdeen
Gather – 49 High St, Carnoustie
Royal Mile Whiskies – 3 Bloomsbury St, London
Borough Wines – 9 Shops In & Around London
mmm… and glug… – 10-13 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne
Coppers – 17A Princes Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne
Brass Monkey – 362 Leith Walk
Argyle Bar – 15-17 Argyle Pl
Kin – 1 Barony St
Kilderkin – 67 Canongate
To place an order or request more information on our beers & distribution, please fill in our contact form.
We will be in touch as soon as possible.
If you’d like to talk to us directly, give us a bell at
0131 629 3990.
Brewery Location & Contact
Don’t be a fud. Please drink responsibly.
Cross Borders Brewing Company Ltd
Registered in Scotland no: SC505165
Registered office: 1 Iona Street Lane Edinburgh EH6 8SX
VAT reg no. 234 3031 52
AWRS no: XWAW00000106328
Cross Borders & Braw are registered trademarks
All detail © Cross Borders Brewing Company 2017