Arran Brewery, the Scottish brewer, has acquired a site for what it says will be Scotland’s first sake brewery.

It has bought a former primary school in Dreghorn, North Ayrshire, for conversion to the brewery, which will produce the distinction Japanese-style beer made from fermented rice.

Formal planning applications will be made within the next three months and Arran Brewery said it hopes the Sake Brewery will be in production by the winter.

Managing director Gerald Michaluk said: “As well as the sake brewery, which will almost exclusively export it’s sake to Japan, there will be our research and development centre and a brewing and distilling training school subject of course to licensing.”We have been making sake on a very small, almost domestic, scale and are now ready to build a sizable facility.”The scheme will be part funded by Arran Brewery’s crowd funding initiative, which closes on 4 April.