Abbot BrewHouse

Abbot BrewHouse Set within the grounds of Abbot House Heritage Centre, Abbot BrewHouse brews to historic recipes, and offers visitors a chance to experience the tradition


As I no longer trade in Dunfermline as Abbot Brew House Facebook have confirmed that this page will be deleted with effect from 28 December. I would like to wish all my former friends, colleagues & customers a merry christmas & happy new year. Details of my brewing activity etc & will still be available via my Craft Originale page though. Hopefully, Abbot House will re-open soon and maybe the old brew house will be resurrected.


I will shortly be closing down this page as my new brewing venture will be based at home in Markinch. I hope to start brew days from mid September onwards - I will post details of my new site before I close this one down. Many thanks again to all our followers. John.

Natural Selection Brewday in Dunfermline

Now over 6 months since Abbot House closed & still shut I see. I was going through my emails earlier today and came across the following video which the guys from Heriot Watt's brewing team put together when they came along to the brew house in 2014 to help me brew our award winning CV. Had a bottle of it the other night & it was even better than I recalled!

Short video of the Natural Selection team brewing with John of Abbot Brewhouse in Dumferline on Sunday 26th January 2014. We brewed a pale ale with 96 varieties…


Wishing all our followers a Happy New Year.
2015 saw the demise of The Brew House following the closure of Abbot House. I hope Abbot House re-opens soon.
Although I am really sad to have finished brewing in Dunfermline, 1st January 2016 sees me starting up again in St Andrews with St Andrews Brewing Co whose beers will are always be available in Dunfermline at the monthly Farmers Market.


Sods Law! Just been asked to supply Ale Wand for next years Scottish Heat of Champion Bottled Beer of Britain competition. Obviously cant now do it as I've retired & am no longer an operating or registered brewery!


I've had a number of people getting in touch telling me that they emailed me at the brewhouse @ abbot house address but hadn't got a reply. Unfortunately, I believe that this address has been closed down without any notification to me. Apologies for this - you can contact me by messaging me on Facebook here. Likewise, apologies to all those people still asking about Brew Days - I miss them too!


I went past Abbot House yesterday - still no sign of life. It is now a full month since I finally cleared out the Brew House. I've been storing all the equipment & ingredients at home in the hope that I could re-open at some point. Alas I think it is time to start selling things off. The cynic in me thinks that someone is planning to keep it closed until the adjoining museum opens etc etc. Hope I'm proved wrong!


Following the closure of The Brew House I would like to thank all our visitors, customers & followers in general for their support. I have enjoyed a wonderful 2 1/2 years and the Brew Days & Beer Festivals have been particularly enjoyable - shame they can't continue! It is with sadness that I have decided to vacate the Brew House & seek pastures new. I intend keeping this page open & should I decide to continue brewing elsewhere I will post details here. Should I decide to give up entirely I will have a considerable amount of equipment, ingredients and brewery antiques (breweriana) available for sale. Best wishes. John


To all those people who have asked me what is happening - well ... I don't know! Tomorrow sees 4 weeks since Abbot House closed. I've not brewed since & have only visited the Brew House a couple of times to check everything is OK. I lodged my interest in staying here 2 weeks before the closure with Abbot House, even enquiring about being able to buy the Brew House block & was told that I could expect a reply by 05 September at the latest. I was also promised contact details of relevant AH representatives but was never given them. So far I have heard nothing officially although there is a rumour that Carnegie Trust are on the point of taking over & it is unlikely that they will want the Brew House to continue! Another one is that De Brus brewery are buying the kitchen equipment from the house. It would be great if someone in the know can let me know what is happening. I am totally frustrated by the lack of communication & posting this is really an action of last resort!


A number of people have asked me about the future of the Brew House. So.......I hope to be able to carry on but it really is dependent on what happens regarding the future ownership of Abbot House and the new owners attitude to a brew house continuing on site. Until things are resolved I have decided to take a few weeks break, with a view to either being off the site or re-opening by the end of September. I do however have 3 bookings in September & 1 in Ocober which I will honour. On 02 September I am at Edinburgh Museum giving a talk & tasting of historic beers. 12 September sees me doing a mini- Beer Festival @ Dunfermline Golf Club at which there will be 10 different cask beers to sample. The Following Friday (18th Sept) I'm doing an evening event (beer, talk & quiz) at Charlie D's, East End Park at which 6 casks & a minimum of 6 different bottled beers can be sampled. On 02 October I'm off to the National Mining Museum to give a talk & tasting there. I will not re-commence brewing until early October as all the beers for these events are already done.


I think there is a saying that trouble comes in 3s or words to that effect. So as well as the doubts about the future of The Brew House I arrive home to find a speeding prosecution letter from Police Scotland for doing 70mph on the A92 dual carriageway - I never realised that there is a different speed limit for vans - I've now learnt that it is Ok to do 70mph on the M90 but as soon as it becomes a dual carriageway light vans like mine are restricted to 60mph - there goes my clean driving licence.... and thirdly, I've lost my best customer of over 18 months as Sandy has retired & I've just been informed by the new owner of Betty Nicols in Kirkcaldy that he doesn't want to continue taking my beers as he has an arrangement with a national brewery - hopefully, my luck will change soon!


In view of the uncertainty regarding the future of the Brew House I will be suspending Brew Days from 02 August onwards. Although the Brew Days are booked on each Saturday & Sunday until 02 August there are still a few available places should anyone be interested. Hopefully, I will be in a position to recommence the Brew Days once things become clearer!


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