Newcastle creates partnership between BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and Caledonian Brewery to create BJ’s Hoppy Scotsman Ale

Heineken-owned craft brewery is the oldest in Edinburgh, Scotland, and brews all of Newcastle’s limited-edition seasonal beers

Newcastle creates partnership between BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and Caledonian Brewery to create BJ’s Hoppy Scotsman AleCaledonian Brewery, a 145-year-old traditional brewery in Scotland, and BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, which owns and operates 151 casual dining restaurants in 18 states, have partnered to create a one-of-a-kind new craft beer, BJ’s Hoppy Scotsman™ ale, to be sold exclusively at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse locations through the month of June.

BJ’s Hoppy Scotsman is a one-of-a-kind brew that perfectly balances the rich flavors of Scottish malts and yeast with American hops. The brewers from BJ’s collaborated with Caledonian Brewery, which opened in 1869 and is the oldest operating brewery in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Caley, as it’s known locally, still uses Victorian-era brewing equipment to brew its beers, including all of Newcastle’s limited-edition seasonals.

“Partnering with historic European breweries like Caledonian that use traditional methods and ingredients is one of the many ways we give our beer drinkers a unique experience at our restaurants,” said Alex Puchner, Senior Vice President of Brewing Operations, BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. “BJ’s Hoppy Scotsman lives up to its name. It’s a very hoppy ale that’s not too bitter and pairs well with many of our great menu items.”

Caledonian Brewery is owned by Heineken, Newcastle’s parent company. The brewery was built in 1869, when Edinburgh was of the foremost brewing centers in the world. This was due to the abundant supply of local barely and mineral rich water from Edinburgh’s ‘Charmed Circle’ of brewery wells.

The brewery has won countless awards for its handcrafted beers, and brewmaster Keith Garson worked closely with BJ’s to ensure the BJ’s Hoppy Scotsman collaboration met Caledonian’s exceptionally high standards.

Caledonian Brewery is one of the oldest breweries in the U.K., and they still make beer the way they made beer 150 years ago,” said Quinn Kilbury, brand director for Newcastle Brown Ale. “The magic of the Caley and its brewers is what makes Newcastle’s limited-edition beers as great as they are, and BJ’s recognizes the value in partnering with such a well-regarded international brewery.”

About BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 151 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, BJ’s Pizza & Grill and BJ’s Grill brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie dessert. The Company operates several brew pubs in addition to using independent third party brewers to produce and distribute BJ’s critically acclaimed craft beers. The Company’s restaurants are located in California (64), Texas (30), Florida (17), Arizona (6), Colorado (5), Nevada (5), Ohio (4), Washington (4), Oklahoma (3), Oregon (3), Kentucky (2), Virginia (2), Arkansas (1), Indiana (1), Kansas (1), Louisiana (1), Maryland (1) and New Mexico (1). Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at

About Newcastle Brown Ale
A No Bollocks beer brand, Newcastle Brown Ale was first brewed in 1927 to satisfy thirst of hardworking Englishmen. Colonel Jim Porter crafted the ale with its own distinct golden brown color, lightly hopped taste and character that quickly became a local favorite. Best served cold, Newcastle Brown Ale has since become a world favorite as a dark beer that’s easy to drink. Newcastle Brown Ale is imported by the nation’s premier beer importer, HEINEKEN USA, headquartered in White Plains, New York.

HEINEKEN USA Inc., the nation’s leading upscale beer importer, is a subsidiary of Heineken International BV, the world’s most international brewer. European brands imported into the U.S. include Heineken Lager, the world’s most international beer brand, Heineken Light, Amstel Light, Newcastle Brown Ale, and Strongbow cider. HEINEKEN USA also imports the Dos Equis portfolio, Tecate portfolio, Sol, Indio, Carta Blanca and Bohemia brands from Mexico.