Tennent’s Lager Tour at Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow

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Wellpark Brewery home of Tennent's Lager in Glasgow, Scotland

A Bit Of History…

Okay confession time, I drink… a lot sometimes, but I had never heard of Tennent’s Lager (or any Tennent’s beer for that matter) before visiting Scotland. I love a good brewery tour though, so I thought I would check out this tiny brewery in Glasgow.
However, turns out that this “tiny” brewery is a household name in Scotland with a brewing history that goes back more than 450 years. There was even a time when Tennent’s was the largest exporter of bottled beer in the world.

Wellpark Brewery home of Tennent's Lager in Glasgow, Scotland

Wellpark Brewery home of Tennent's Lager in Glasgow, Scotland

Today Tennent’s is known as Scotland’s Favourite Lager, occupying about 60% of Scotland’s lager market, but originally the Tennent family brewed stouts and strong ales.  It wasn’t until the 5th generation of the Tennent family brewers, Hugh Tennent, spent some time in Bavaria and decided to bring German style lagers back home to Scotland.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Wellpark Brewery home of Tennent's Lager in Glasgow, Scotland

The Tour…

Today, you can tour the Wellbark Brewery, home of Tennent’s beer in Glasgow for only 7.50GBP and it even comes with a pint of you favorite Tennent’s at the end.  Tours take about an hour and a half and our offered 3-5 times a day (depending on day) seven days a week, so there are plenty of opportunities to get a behind the scenes look at the Tennent’s Brewing process.

I’ve been on many brewery tours.  It’s one of my favorite things to do in a new city.  I can tell you, this is a serious tour.  They make you suit up; neon safety vest, hairnet, ear plugs, the works.

Tour of Wellpark Brewery home of Tennent's Lager in Glasgow, Scotland

This is the kind of tour that would be a law suit waiting to happen in the USA.  There are loud noises, slick floors, uneven surfaces, moving parts, heavy machinery and very narrow staircases.  Honestly, it’s refreshing to experience that level of trust not to be an idiot.

Wellpark Brewery home of Tennent's Lager in Glasgow, Scotland

Wellpark Brewery home of Tennent's Lager in Glasgow, Scotland

The facility is huge!  They even rent out the brewery to other beer companies to help with import costs.  While I was there they were brewing Stella Artois in addition to Tennent’s beers.

The tour also consist of a museum section of sorts, showcasing some of Tennent’s oldest and most memorable bottling and canning campaigns.

One of the oldest bottles of Tennent's beer at Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow, Scotland

Including the famous “lager lovelies” pin-up series that ran from the 60’s-90’s and is apparently still quite popular with collectors on ebay.

Tennent's Lager Lovelies at Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow, Scotland

The Tasting…

Everyone’s favorite part of any brewery tour!  The Tennent’s tour includes not just samples of beers, but an entire pint of your favorite!  Today’s offerings were Tennent’s Extra, a high gravity beer weighing in at 9.3% ABV, Tennent’s Stout, Tennent’s Whisky Oak Aged, and Lemon T, a lemon shandy, and of course the classic Tennent’s Lager.

Wellpark Brewery home of Tennent's Lager in Glasgow, Scotland

Wellpark Brewery home of Tennent's Lager in Glasgow, Scotland

And of course now that I was good and liquored up, I couldn’t leave without a silly photo op!

Wellpark Brewery home of Tennent's Lager in Glasgow, Scotland

I hadn’t heard of Tennent’s before, but they made a fan out of me!

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I was helped in the planning of this trip by Colin Mairs of Excursion Scotland.  As well as guided tours in 4 languages, Excursion Scotland offers a travel consulting service to help you plan your perfect self-guided tour of Scotland.  Learn more at www.ExcursionScotland.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ExcursionScotland .

34 thoughts on “Tennent’s Lager Tour at Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow

  1. Wow, I never knew that Tennets had such a long history. If you’re in Scotland and you love beer you should consider stopping by Brewdog, they do fantastic beer https://www.brewdog.com/brewery/brewery
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    • Mags

      I didn’t get to explore too much, but I was able to stop by the BrewDog in Glasgow for a quick pint. I was impressed!

  2. Brewery tours are a great activity – education AND beer, what’s not to love?! If you’re ever in Toronto, make sure you don’t miss out on the SteamWhistle brewery!
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    • Mags

      I have heard so much about Toronto’s food and beer scene lately. I may need to plan a trip!

  3. Carol Colborn

    My husband would love this tour! And I will go with him!

    • Mags

      Beer is always better with company (not that I’m above drinking alone 😉 )

  4. Awesome! I agree with you, sometimes the “safety measures” in the States are just exhausting. I know I should be grateful, but doesn’t everyone want to experience life without safety railings sometimes? I’m not a big beer drinker myself (I prefer ciders), but 7.50 for a tour, samples AND a pint seems like an unbeatable deal!
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    • Mags

      They didn’t have any ciders while I was there, but they change their sample offerings all the time so you might get lucky. They did have a shandy, not quite the same, but still good!

  5. Awesome Place. Loved pin-up series collection. Thanks for sharing this.
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    • Mags

      Well, if you still have any of the pin-up series lying around, seems like you could make a killing on Ebay!

  6. Hmmmm additional place to do while in Scotland 🙂 beer tasting im in 🙂
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    • Mags

      There is so much to see and do in Scotland that it’s hard to narrow it down, but I would put this on the short list.

  7. Looks like I missed some fun in Glasgow… maybe next time… 🙂
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    • Mags

      It’s always good to have a reason to go back!

  8. My husband is a beer brewery himself, so we love going to tours to see how different companies do it. Plus, it never hurts to get free samples of beer!!!
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    • Mags

      How lucky are you!? I gotta find one of those!

  9. This made me laugh! I went to university in Edinburgh and practically lived on this stuff! My family are Scottish but I’ve only ever really drank it there, it isn’t so popular around the UK. Seems like a fun tour!
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    • Mags

      I had honestly never heard of it here in the States, but I was quite impressed!

  10. Mar

    Not that I am a beer expert but I had never even heart of these guys and you say they are 60% of Scottish Lager? wow – you always learn something new
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    • Mags

      I was really surprised too. I had never heard of them either. Apparently they are huge in the Scottish market, but not far outside it.

  11. I think this is the most appropriate activity in Scotland! Thanks for sharing! Xx
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    • Mags

      When in Scotland right?!

  12. Love the lager ladies pin ups! I would definitely enjoy this tour!
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    • Mags

      I can say with certainty that it’s the most fun I’ve ever had wearing a hairnet!

  13. WOW, his really does sound like an authentic tour. I would love to get to Scotland for this experience – that’s the nice thing about traveling outside of the USA – there’s a level of trust everywhere else in the world which allows tourists behind the scenes to see the real thing which doesn’t exist anymore in the USA.

    Thanks for the review!
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    • Mags

      It is incredibly refreshing when someone trusts me not to stick my hand into moving machinery.

  14. I love Tennent’s lager (OK I love all lager) but nonetheless, for that price (I’m impressed it’s that cheap) it sounds like a perfect day out!
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    • Mags

      I never met a lager I didn’t like…. Well, that’s not quite true, but most of them are okay by me!

  15. […] even a time when Tennent’s was the largest exporter of bottled beer in the world.” – READ MORE from Mags on the […]

  16. I’m not much of a drinker, but I know my husband would LOVE this!
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    • Mags

      Well someone has to tag along and take pictures right? 😉

  17. “Honestly, it’s refreshing to experience that level of trust not to be an idiot.”
    This made me LOL!

    • Mags

      It’s true. I live in a country where we have to print “not a toy” on every plastic bag 🙁

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