BRAW SCOTTISH BEER

MICROBREWED IN MIDLOTHIAN

OUR CORE BEERS

PALE

3.8%
Our light & refreshing flagship pale ale, bursting with bright citrus flavours.

IPA

4.5%
Resinous & pine aromas with a punchy grapefruit hit, it’s our take on a classic west coast IPA.

BRAW

5.2%
Named after the Scot’s word for great, our tropical pale ale has loads of pineapple & stone fruit flavours & aromas thanks to the NZ & Australian hops.

Porter

4.2%
Flavours of roasted coffee & chocolate with a helping of oats make this easy drinking porter extra smooth.

Heavy

4.1%
A sublime modern take on a classic Scottish style, the sweet Belgian malts combine with a spicy hop kick to bring this throwback to the mainstream.

OUR SEASONAL BEERS

SUMMER

5.0%
A light summer saison brewed with sweet honeysuckle and rose.

AUTUMN

5.0%
Hoppy Amber ale with a tart & fruity addition of fresh brambles & rowan berries.

WINTER

5.0%
New Zealand hopped pale ale dry hopped with spruce tips!

Spring

5%
American Wheat beer brewed with fresh foraged dandelion, coltsfoot, gorse and woodruff.

We collaborate with local wild food expert Amy Rankine of Hipsters & Hobos to incorporate locally foraged wild ingredients into each beer to produce exciting new seasonal flavour combinations.

NON CORE & COLLABORATIONS

APA

4.7%
Zesty grapefruit flavours abound from the generous helping of Cascade hops.

INDIA PORTER

6.5%
Dark roasted malts with a bright citrus & pine hit from the dry hop of a blend of US hops.

SPA

4.5%
Fruit forward pale ale with a balanced bitterness brewed using a blend of Australian & New Zealand hops.

World Pale Ale

4.5%
Brewed in collaboration with Edinburgh pub, Monty’s. Light, citrusy & floral.

Wee Braw

4%
Laid-back Session IPA dry hopped with Mosaic for a floral, mango and tangerine tropical flavour.

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.

OUR AWARDS

We’ve not been around for long but we’ve been busy making waves.

TAPROOM & TOURS

TAPROOM

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.

Fortnightly:
Fridays: 4pm-10:30pm
Saturdays: 2pm-10:30pm

TOURS

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

Bottle Shops

Edinburgh
Cornelius Beer & Wine – 18-20 Easter Rd

The Bon Vivant Companion – 51 Thistle St

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 Spirits 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

Vino Wines
32-34 Comiston Road
1 Grange Loan
37 E Market St
N W Circus Place
30 Broughton St

Glasgow
Valhalla’s Goat – 449 Great Western Rd

Good Spirits Co – 23 Bath St

Wee Beer Shop – 623 Pollokshaws Road

Marchtown – 741 Pollokshaws Rd

Maxwell’s – 166 Nithsdale Rd

Scotland
Eskbank Trading – 2 Station Road, Eskbank

Restoration Yard – Dalkeith County Park

Dunnottar Wine & Spirits – 32A Evan St, Stonehaven

Beer Craft – 2 Horsemarket, Kelso

Drinkmonger – 100 Athol Road, Pitlochry

Luvians – 66 Market St, St Andrews

Hop Shop Aberdeen/Westhill Service Station Ltd – Straik Road, Aberdeen

Gather – 49 High St, Carnoustie

England
Royal Mile Whiskies – 3 Bloomsbury St, London

Borough Wines – 9 Shops In & Around London

Cotteridge Wines – 1825 Pershore Rd, Cotteridge

mmm… and glug… – 10-13 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne

Coppers – 17A Princes Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne

Distributors

Scotland

New Wave Distribution
Edinburgh
Glasgow
Northern England

Huffmans
Aberdeenshire
Dundee
Angus
Perth and Kinross
Fife
Stirling

England
Northbound Distribution
Northumberland
Tyne & Wear
Durham
Teesside
Cumbria

6 Barrels
Northeast
Northwest
Midlands

Online Retail

United Kingdom

Permanent Taps

Edinburgh

Brass Monkey – 362 Leith Walk

Argyle Bar – 15-17 Argyle Pl

Kin – 1 Barony St

CONTACT

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.

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Business Info

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