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 04  Drygate: The Home of Tennent Caledonian Breweries

Beer and football are bedfellows, and where you find the consumption of one, you will likely find the consumption of the other.


The Drygate is one of Glasgow's oldest thoroughfares and is associated with Glasgow's oldest commercial organisation, Tennent Caledonian Breweries.

Drygate derives from the old Germanic name for Priest, 'Dry', and the road from the Molendinar Burn up the hill where druids once worshipped, derives from the Norse word for path or road, 'Gata'.

Robert Tennent started brewing beer in 1556, and in 1740, Hugh and Robert Tennent set up H&R Tennent to sell their beer commercially from the banks of the Molendinar Burn.

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The Drygate Brewery in the nineteenth century.

H&R Tennent became the world's biggest beer exporter within one hundred years, and Hugh Tennent registered its famous' T' in 1867.


In 1885, Hugh Tennent launched Tennent's Lager, Scotland's biggest-selling lager.

Tennent Caledonian Breweries has supported the Scottish National Football Team since the 1974 World Cup and sponsored the Scottish Cup from 1989 to 2007.

The Tennent family were members of the Caledonian Cricket Club, which folded in 1878, and Queen's Park Football Club purchased the cricket pavilion and moved it to the 1st Hampden Park. 

Today, you can enjoy a pint of Tennents in the Hampden Bowling Club pavilion on the site of the 1st Hampden Park, where the Tennent family once sat.

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The Drygate Brewery today. Worth a visit for beer and mural lovers alike.

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