The Edinburgh Beer Factory is a family run, independent brewery launched in 2015 to make people think again about beer and Scotland. Founded by the Dunsmore family, we’ve grown to great big family of 20+ team members.

Like Edinburgh we’re creative, inventive and outward-looking. We combine old and new ideas and techniques to create beers of beauty.

Inspired by the Edinburgh-born ‘Father of Pop Art’ Eduardo Paolozzi, we showcase the art of brewing. Paolozzi took everyday objects and transformed them into works of art; we take overlooked and underestimated beer styles and present them at their beautiful best.


great scot

Eduardo Paolozzi was born in Leith – and he invented Pop Art.

Paolozzi believed in transforming everyday ‘trash’ into works of art. He called it the “sublime in the everyday”.

He believed in the dynamic of art meeting science. We call that brewing. And he believed in the unconventional. We think he’d be into this craft beer thing.

We’d like to turn new people on to beer. Like Paolozzi, our beer’s a little different, but open to all and crafted into a thing of beauty. In return for his inspiration and artwork, we pay a charitable donation to the Paolozzi Foundation for every beer we sell.

Read more about the Paolozzi connection here

world-class brewing

In the 19th Century Edinburgh was truly a world brewing capital, teeming with breweries who exported their beers across the globe. Its excellent water source and strength in science and innovation made it a hub of brewing activity. In fact, it was the first city in the UK to brew lager.

Times have changed, and nearly all those 19th Century breweries are long gone. But Edinburgh’s seeing a renaissance in brewing and distilleries, with microbreweries and independent distilleries cropping up all over. That’s in no small part down to the internationally renowned Brewing and Distilling courses run by Heriot-Watt University.

At Edinburgh Beer Factory we have access to some of the finest fresh brewing talent in the world, coming out of Heriot-Watt, just down the road. We’re so proud of our team, we’ve put them on display (you can see them in action through the glass walls of our shop and taproom, and one of them will take you round the brewery if you ever come for a tour). From day one they’ve picked up award after award for Paolozzi lager and then our subsequent beers – though they’re not ones for blowing their own trumpets.