Demand for Strathcarron’s Red Cow exceeds expectations


A new brewery in Strathcarron in Wester Ross that started producing beer at the end of last month can barely keep up with demand.

Director Martin Philips told the Free Press that the Strathcarron Brewery at Arinackaig has had to produce almost 3,000 litres of ‘Red Cow’ beer over the last three weeks.

“The demand really took us by surprise and we can hardly keep up,” he added. “We’re now supplying Strathcarron Hotel and Lochcarron Hotel, and the Carbost Inn took some and the Applecross Inn want to try it out too.

"The demand really took us by surprise", said Martin Phillips
“The demand really took us by surprise”, said Martin Phillips

“We supply barrels but we have started to bottle it, which takes about three weeks. We put 42 bottles into the Spar in Lochcarron last Saturday and by 12 noon on Sunday they were all gone.”

Mr Philips added that the brewery has just ordered a 2,000-litre water tank as the 1,000-litre one wasn’t big enough. They plan to produce a black stout and IPA as well as ‘Red Cow’.

Paul Pearce with the brewery in the background

The brewery is housed in a converted byre. The other company directors and founders are Colin Parsons and Paul Pearce.