The son of a brewery worker in the Midlands, Barney got his first taste of  brewery & maltings work aged 16. A degree in Brewing & Distilling Science drew him to Edinburgh and number of positions in brewing & distilling followed; including time at the Fountainbridge Brewery, Edinburgh, Brugal Rum and The Macallan.

Part of this time was spent in drinks marketing and a place on the advisory board of The Ehrenberg-Bass Institute, where he could apply his love of science to the discipline of marketing.


Barney’s Beer was founded in 2010, moving to Summerhall in 2012. In December 2013 Barney’s Beer was declared one of the top 5 craft brewers in Scotland by The List magazine & in 2014 Red Rye was honoured with a gold award by SIBA Scotland (Volcano IPA picked up a silver). The regular beer line-up is Vital Juices, Red Rye, Capital Porter and Volcano IPA.

Collaborations with John Byrne, Idlewild, Ryoko Tamura, Stewart Armstrong and The International Science Festival have been features of the arts-hub based brewery.


Brewing history pre-dates the use of the Summerhall site as a veterinary school. A brewery was originally founded at Summerhall circa. 1705 and ran for over 200 years. Making the site the longest established non-continuously operating brewery in Edinburgh.