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Plans unveiled for Highland brewery

A multi-million pound plan to open a brewery and visitor centre in Inverness has been unveiled.

Jon and Victoria Erasmus, who own the Glen Mhor Hotel and Apartments on Ness Bank, have revealed plans to develop a ‘world class tourist attraction’ on a riverside site in the Highland capital.

Jon told Highland News that the project had been in the pipeline for five to six years, but the pair had been waiting until “the economy is right” before lodging a planning application. He has declined to disclose the budget of the project, other than it would extend into the millions of pounds.

If all goes to plan, he intends for building to start in Autumn 2015.

Jon said the project would be “the biggest type of visitor experience that has ever been attempted in Inverness”, adding: “We are looking at a range of five or six seasonal mainline beers and lagers through the year. Coupling leading German technology with the best Scottish ingredients, we believe we can brew world class Highland beers.

“We are looking at high class, world standard brewing. We want to set a bench mark to show what Scottish ingredients can produce and what Inverness and the Highlands can produce. We really want to put the place on the map.”

The brewery will also endeavour to be the most energy-efficient ever, with the building fitted with both solar and biomass energy. The visitor centre attached to the brewery will include a shop and an art gallery.

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