Is it time that we had a few more ‘venues’ brewing their own beer, and why just stick at pubs? At the turn of the last century there were over 12,000 small establishments brewing their own beer, these were not wholesale brewers but pubs, street corner beer kitchens, country houses or university colleges. Unfortunately by 1970 this number had reduced to just six, including Traquair House, who recommenced brewing in 1965. The appeal of cheap beer was the driver for the demise of these original craft brewers (not to mention many larger family breweries) but in the last 50 years the drinking public’s’ perception of beer has changed (at least for some) and more and more the flavour and locality of beer has come to dominate the brewing scene. So perhaps now there has never been a better time to try your hand at making and selling your own beer, all you need is the right venue!