A CRAFT brewery in the Wee County has raised a glass as it celebrated four decades in business.

Harviestoun Brewery, based in Alva, celebrated the milestone on Thursday, June 15, with the launch of a nationwide campaign.

Today also marked National Beer Day while Harviestoun has been brewing in the shadow of the Ochils since 1983, long before craft beers became a popular trend.

To mark 40 years in business as a “pioneering producer and a modern craft classic”, Harviestoun has chosen National Beer Day to announce its plans for a national campaign, including two product launches, competitions and pop-up beer tasting events across Scotland and in London.

Master brewer Amy Cockburn and her all-female brew team have been tasked with creating the two new products, including a lager which will hit the shelves this summer.

There will also be a limited edition 40-year-old expression of Ola Dubh, a multi-award winning premium stout aged in Highland Park casks, to be launched as a collector’s piece later in the year.

Master brewer Amy Cockburn said: “We’re really excited to marking National Beer Day by revealing our plans for a nationwide 40th anniversary campaign.

“This is a significant milestone in the evolution of Harviestoun as a pioneering producer and modern craft classic.

“We’ve been brewing since the early 1980s and have been crafting beer long before it became a popular trend, but we’re continuing to innovate and develop our product range.

“We’re now planning to pay tribute to Harviestoun’s legacy and brewing history in the best way we know, with the launch of two exciting new products for 2023.

“Our new lager will go on sale this summer and our limited edition 40-year-old expression of Ola Dubh will be launched as a collector’s piece later in the year.

“We want to encourage craft beer lovers from far and wide to join our 40th anniversary celebrations, but they’ll need to wait just a few more weeks to get their hands on our new lager, which is now being perfected in time for its official launch in August.”

Limited edition supplies of both will also be available at selected pubs, bars and hotels.

These will include the Bridge of Orchy Hotel and well as Brompton Cross in Chelsea, London.

Master brewer Amy added: “As Harviestoun looks ahead to the future, we’re already working hard to develop our next generation of great beers.

“Whatever we produce in the years to come, we'll always ensure it's true to the Harviestoun brand style and provide as much enjoyment as possible for craft beer fans around the world.

“We’re passionate about the whole brewing process.

“Our relentless focus on quality has established Harviestoun as one of the most-awarded breweries in Scotland. We only use the best local barley and carefully control every aspect of the process.

“No beer will leave the brewery unless we’re 100 per cent happy.”