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April 1997 saw the opening of Scotland's most southerly brewery on a former dairy farm in the Solway coastal village of Southerness.
Sulwath Breweries is run by the husbands and wives team of Jim and Helen Henderson and Bob and Edith Johnson. Making use of former milking equipment and an ancient recipe adjusted for the discerning local palate, Sulwath Breweries launched their "Knockendoch" and "Criffel" beers, named after the two towering hills south of Dumfries.
A grant of £ 4,000 Sterling helped with the building works and equipping the brewery.
"there is a demand for locally-brewed real ale in the area, and we are well on the way to establishing a niche market," said Jim. "The grant enabled us to get the business up and running without recourse to borrowing, this releasing other funds for working capital in the crucial first few months."
On a technical note for discerning drinkers, "Knockendoch" is measured at 3.8 percent alcohol, and "Criffel" at 4.8 percent alcohol.
Pictured below are Jim and Helen Henderson celebrating the first local beer brewed in the Region in this century.
"Groundbase have given us good support and advice on all matters that involve the Brewery and have promoted its sucess" - Helen Henderson