The Orkney Brewery was one of Scotland’s first independent micro–breweries and started brewing in 1988, in what was once an old schoolhouse in Quoyloo. We are a genuine island brewery that crafts a superb range of beers.
North island values shape our resolute approach to brewing, resulting in world class, award-winning beers. We are honest, resilient, we work hard together and have an innate desire to perfect. We need to get it right first time every time. We don’t believe in wasting resources and we are friends to the environment we dwell in
We brew iconic Scottish ales Dark Island, Red MacGregor, Dragonhead and Skull Splitter. In addition, we offer progressive pale ale Orkney Gold and Dark Island Reserve aged in whisky oak casks. We are also custodians of the Atlas Range of beers, a pioneering variety of flavoursome craft brews first developed on the West Coast of Scotland that were instantaneously award winning. These beers are distinct to Orkney in recipe and ingredients which allows us to push our brewing in a different direction without losing the authenticity of our Scottish brewing heritage.
Norman Sinclair whose father had actually enjoyed his school years in the same building took over the tenure in 2006. He quickly developed a custom built brewhouse adjoining the schoolhouse and by doing so created the original classroom into a 5 Star visitor centre. Together under Sinclair Breweries the Orkney and Atlas range won no less than 14 awards in 2017