The Loomshed Brewery near Tarbert was officially opened yesterday (Tuesday August 27th) by James Hepburn, MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, who is on a visit to various parts of the Outer Hebrides.

As he declared the brewery open – it is in the former Essence of Harris unit in Urgha -he joked that he was grateful they had provided scissors…he had been at such events where the need for this vital component had been overlooked.

The Loomshed brewery said they “were delighted to welcome Jamie Hepburn MSP today to cut the ribbon and officially open the Loomshed doors!

“A symbolic opening of the doors also opens up a new wave of opportunities for the local community, creating new jobs and collaborations.”

Loomshed Director Jamie McGowan welcomed all the guests and explained that the entire production of the brewery so far had already been sold.  He praised Highlands and Islands Enterprise for their support and emphasised how the company structure meant that Calum Bennett, the Head Brewer, would gradually own more of the company himself. 

Calum explained to guests how they aimed to maximise the use of local ingredients in the beer…and that even now, it was entirely created, bottled and packed on the premises. 

Orders had come in from all across the Islands and also a few mainland locations already. 

James Hepburn went on to visit the main Essence of Harris candle company in Tarbert itself and to meet leaders of other local enterprises.