St Petersburg, Russia

Founded by John Stein M.P. (1769 - 1814)

John established a porter brewery in Russia obtaining an exclusive license which deprived the Southwark firm Barclay, Perkins and Co of a lively trade. This enterprise was doubtless managed by his father, James of Kilbagie, who died in Riga on 15 August 1804.

In 1814 it was said of John - 'a man entirely devoted to the service of his country wherever it did not interfere with his own interest'. 

 

Read more about Porter stout on Martin Cornell's website 'Zythophile - Beer now and then'.  

Experts Comments

"It is difficult to over-estimate the importance of Kennetpans Distillery, founded in the 1720s byJohn Stein  - 'the Father of Commercial Whisky Distilling'. The site is of great importance to the industrial archeological heritage of Scotland. It would be nothing short of a tragedy if the site was left to vanish.”

Charles MacLean, W.S., M.A., LL.B., F.S.A.(Scot)
Master of the Quaich
Whisky Writer