Local Brands We Love
It’s time to shine the spotlight on our brilliant local suppliers.
We’re proud to be Scottish. So, when we’re in the market for some top-quality tipples, we like to keep it local. And why wouldn’t we?
Take whisky for example, we’ve got some of the world’s biggest and best whiskies right on our doorstep, and inside we’ve got our very own whisky wall, with over 80 of the finest Scottish malts to choose from.
For a local nip, try out the Deanston single malt, distilled only a half hour’s drive from our front door. Or, for a real taste of Crieff, ask for a Glenturret single malt, distilled only a half hour walk from us at The Glenturret Distillery. Both of these working distilleries are open for tours and the Deanston distillery offering their chocolate and whisky tours.
Then there’s our friends at Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery. Sadly, you’ll have to wait ‘til 2029 to try out the Arbikie whisky, as they refuse to release anything younger than a 14-year-old malt. But they do produce some world class gins and vodkas.
The Stirling brothers’ 2000-acre farm is home to their single-site operation, from farm to bottle. The growing of ingredients, distilling, maturing and bottling all take place on their Arbroath estate, and they even have their own mountain-filtered water supply from their underground lagoon.
It’s all about quality with Arbikie and, after just three years, their products are already being stocked in Harrods, The Ritz and, of course, here at Crieff Hydro!
Now it’s on to our choice of Scottish craft beers. First up – Brewdog, our craft beer experts. If you’ve not heard of them already, where have you been?! These guys have been creating craft beer for just under a decade but are already exporting to over 50 countries from their base in Ellon, Aberdeenshire. Their Punk IPA (which you can try in the Hub) is the biggest selling craft beer in the UK and Scandinavia and their other IPA, Elvis Juice, recently had some people all shook up stateside.
For something a little more local, you’ve got to try out the Harviestoun brewery’s range. Brewed just 45 minutes down the road in Alva near Stirling, their award-winning beers are full of flavour, and they’re always experimenting with new ingredients. You can try their Ola Dubh barrel aged beer in the Meikle, Bitter & Twisted golden ale in the Brasserie or the popular Schiehallion at our Clubhouse.
And to think that we were a dry hotel right up until 1994 – we didn’t know what we were missing.