By Andrew Starke
Suntory Australia has announced the launch of Tennent’s Lager, Scotland’s market leading brand of lager, which will be available nationally later this month (November).
Tennent’s was first brewed by Hugh Tennent at Wellpark, Glasgow in 1885.
After taking sole control of the business on his 21st birthday, it was during one of his many travelling expeditions that he was inspired to brew his own lager.
Tennent’s Lager is still made in the heart of Glasgow and continues to be Scotland’s best-selling lager.
J&R Tennent was acquired by Charrington United Breweries in 1963, and in 1966 formally merged with United Caledonian Breweries, Charrington's other Scottish subsidiary, to form Tennent Caledonian Breweries.
Other acquisitions and mergers followed until it was bought by the Belgian brewer Interbrew (now InBev) in June 2000, which became part of Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2008.
C&C Group of Ireland announced a deal to buy the brewery and the Tennent's brand in 2009.
Tennent’s Lager will be available exclusively from Suntory in 500ml cans from on-premise venues and liquor retailers from November 2011.