Our beers

At Caledonian we apply over 140 years of brewing knowledge to create beers perfect for today’s tastes.
Most beer lovers know us for that revolution in a glass, Deuchars IPA. It was the first of its kind, a modern interpretation on the old India Pale Ale, much copied but never bettered.

Handmade craft beers

Our permanent collection of cask ales also comprises the award winning Flying Scotsman, the deliciously refreshing Golden XPA and Scottish classic Caledonian 80/-.

Beer is not the only thing brewing at the Caley, our wonderful Victorian brewery. New ideas are always bubbling away within our Slateford Road home too.

These award-winning beers have been selected from the scores of distinctive beers created at the Caley. Boss

Stephen Crawley estimates that 150 have been brewed since he joined nearly 20 years ago.

We are passionate about – some might say obsessed with – beer. We are continuously dreaming up recipes for new brews and testing out innovative ingredients. Every month we create a bespoke beer, like our suitably festive Fringe Benefit ‘Mellow Drama’ Scotch Ale in August. And every day we test and fine tune the brew to ensure it is as close to perfection as is humanly possible.

Permanent beers

Deuchars IPA label

Deuchars IPA

ABV 3.8%

What can we say about Deuchars IPA that hasn’t already been said? So we’ve left it to Ian Rankin to do it for us. He and Inspector Rebus are serious fans of Deuchars, especially when either of them has a chance to drop into the Oxford Bar on Young Street in Edinburgh:
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Flying Scotsman label

Flying Scotsman

ABV 4%

The Caledonian Brewery has maintained a long association with the much-loved steam locomotive Flying Scotsman. In 2011 we re-licensed the trademark from the National Museum of Science and Industry: the proud result is Caledonian Flying Scotsman Premium Bitter, which is now available nationally and is going down very well indeed, with the same kind of elegance and sophistication as a journey on the great train itself.
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Golden XPA label

Golden XPA

ABV 4.3%

This is the big brother to our famous IPA, brewed for added strength and flavour. Derived from nearly three centuries of Caledonian brewing experise, this is a hoppier and stronger version of our award-winning Deuchars IPA.
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Caledonian 80/- label

Caledonian 80/-

ABV 4.1%

Beer in Scotland was traditionally categorised in shillings, according to the amount of tax charged per hogshead – a giant barrel of which contained 42 pints. 40/- ale was a very light beer often supplied to farmhands. 50/- and 60/- beers were also reasonably light and mild. 70/-, 80/- and 90/- were progressively stronger, export-quality beers. The shilling system continued to be used to indicate the beers’ quality and was legally recognised in 1914.
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Bill’s Beer

ABV 4.6%

Bill's Beer is brewed to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Bill McLaren, 'the voice of rugby'. Classic style with a cunning balance of malt & hop characters and a local twist. For more information see www.billmclarenfoundation.co.uk
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Bottled beers

Deuchars IPA label

Deuchars IPA

ABV 4.4%

Deuchars is available in 500ml bottles and four-packs of 500ml cans. You can pop out and buy some (click here for stockists).
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Flying Scotsman label

Flying Scotsman

ABV 4%

Great news! This fabulous beer is now available in bottles so that it can be enjoyed wherever you choose. You can pop out and buy some (click here for stockists). We feel sure that you will be able to enjoy it on many occasions. It’s not too strong and it will go with all types of food. We hope that it will become one of your all-time favourites.
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Caledonian 80/- label

Caledonian 80/-

ABV 4.1%

Caledonian 80/- is available in 500ml bottles. You can pop out and buy some (click here for stockists).
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Bill’s Beer label

Bill’s Beer

ABV 4.6%

Bill's Beer is brewed to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Bill McLaren, 'the voice of rugby'. Classic style with a cunning balance of malt & hop characters and a local twist. For more information see www.billmclarenfoundation.co.uk. Bill's Beer is available in 500ml bottles
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Beer in cans

Deuchars IPA label

Deuchars IPA

ABV 4.4%

Deuchars is available in 500ml bottles and four-packs of 500ml cans. You can pop out and buy some (click here for stockists).
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Our monthly cask beers – 2014

Every year we continue our spirit of innovation and pursuit of perfection by also brewing a special beer each month. This is our 2014 offering of some truly unique brews that are guaranteed to beguile and intrigue all lovers of cask-conditioned beer.

Auld Acquaintance label

JanuaryAuld Acquaintance

Scottish Style Ale

ABV 4.4%

Warming dark amber ale, light spice aroma rich malt flavours and a full bodied finish.

Over the Bar label

FebruaryOver the Bar

Best Bitter

ABV 4.2%

Delicious copper ale, aromatically hoppy and incredible bittersweet balance. Try, then be converted!

Port of Leith label

MarchPort of Leith

Scottish IPA

ABV 5%

Copper ale with strong hop aroma, malt & caramel, bold malt & bitter hop finish

Welcome Spring label

AprilWelcome Spring

Bitter

ABV 3.7%

Golden Pale, spicy aroma, dark soft fruit then grapefruit zest

Three Monkeys label

MayThree Monkeys

Light Pale Ale

ABV 3%

Copper red ale with a fresh straw aroma, soft malt and herbal bitterness

Road to Rio label

JuneRoad to Rio

Golden Ale

ABV 4%

Bright gold, delicate spice & floral nose, then lemon & citric with malt at the end

Distant Sun label

JulyDistant Sun

Summer Ale

ABV 4.2%

Shimmering golden ale, piney citrus aroma, bursts of citrus orange & bitter twist.

To Be Confirmed label

AugustTo Be Confirmed

Beer style TBC

ABV 0%

Details of this beer to follow.

Charmed Circle label

SeptemberCharmed Circle

Pale Ale

ABV 4.4%

Golden ale, citric and tart fruit, light biscuit malt & spicy hops for a zesty finish

Trojan Horse label

OctoberTrojan Horse

Black IPA

ABV 5.5%

Black beer with citric floral & herbal aroma bittersweet dark malt & citric hop

Rare Red label

NovemberRare Red

Rye Pale Ale

ABV 3.9%

Ruby ale, spicy fruit aromas, light grain with roast then dry finish

Knee Deep label

DecemberKnee Deep

Winter Ale

ABV 4.5%

Deep chocolate in colour, spice fruit & malt aroma orange & ginger warming finish

Our seasonal beers – 2014

Along with our monthly beers with do four seasonal beers from warming and rich winter beers to refreshing summer ales.

Bitter Winter label

WinterBitter Winter

Extra Special Bitter

ABV 4.8%

Pale amber in colour. Light caramel malt aroma with a touch of fruit. Bittersweet with malt character flavours. Medium bodied with more bitterness than malt in the finish.

Flying Dutchman label

SpringFlying Dutchman

Golden Bier

ABV 4.5%

Golden, light refreshing ale, enhanced with coriander, orange peel and liquorice to complement the subtle hop flavour

Summer Valley label

SummerSummer Valley

American Pale Ale

ABV 4.1%

Gen beer stacked with interesting citric hop aromas, well-balanced, malty-bitter flavours and citrus twist

Autumn Red label

AutumnAutumn Red

Red Ale

ABV 4.4%

Russet red, aroma light hop & fresh spice. Sweet caramel flavours with soft mellow fruitfulness in the finish