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Cairngorm Brewery is a brewery based in Aviemore, in the Highlands of Scotland. It is situated in the Dalfaber Industrial Estate, at the north end of the village, and is within the Cairngorms National Park.


Cairngorm Brewery was formed, from the merger of Aviemore Brewery, with Tomintoul Brewery. Tomintoul Brewery began brewing in 1993, and was based in an eighteenth century watermill, near the village of Tomintoul. It was taken over by Aviemore Brewery sometime in 2000, which became Cairngorm Brewery in 2001. Cairngorm Brewery has supported the Highland Tiger Project, which is working to save the Scottish Wildcat. For each bottle of Wildcat beer sold, the brewery makes a donation to the project.


Cairngorm produce a range of beers, which are available all year, in cask or bottle. They also produce an number of seasonal cask beers. Permanent beers include:

  • Sheepshaggers Gold / Cairngorm Gold
  • Stag
  • Wildcat
  • Nessies Monster Mash
  • Black Gold
  • Trade Winds
  • Blessed Thistle
  • Ginger Rodent – launched in November 2012 with Danny Alexander, at the time the local MP, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury. The name is from one such comment by Harriet Harman, who referred to Alexander as one “ginger rodent”.

Black Gold and Trade Winds have won a number of awards, in the Champion Beer of Scotland, presented by the Campaign for Real Ale.

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