McEwan's (historically MacEwan's in some export markets) is a brand of beer that originated in Scotland and is now owned by the English brewer Wells & Youngs.
William McEwan opened the Fountain Brewery in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, in 1856. The firm underwent several mergers in the following century, including with local rival William Younger's Brewery, and later with Newcastle Breweries to form Scottish & Newcastle. The McEwan's brand passed to Heineken in 2008 after their purchase of Scottish & Newcastle's British operations. Heineken sold the brand to Wells & Youngs in 2011.
McEwan's is best known for 80/-, a "Heavy", and McEwan's Export, which was originally an India Pale Ale. All of the draught beers (except Best Scotch) are brewed at the Caledonian Brewery in Edinburgh, whilst the canned and bottled beers are produced at the Eagle Brewery in Bedford, England. The beers are sold predominantly in Scotland, where McEwan's has a 20 per cent share of the ale market, and the northeast of England.
Despite being the dominant presence in Scottish brewing for around a century, the McEwan's brands were neglected by Scottish & Newcastle, who concentrated on their global brands. The McEwan's ales were eclipsed by John Smith's and Belhaven Best as well as cask-conditioned beers such as Deuchars IPA, whilst the lager fell behind Tennent's and continental lagers.
McEwan's is well known for its cavalier mascot, broadly based on the Frans Hals painting Laughing Cavalier, which has been used since the 1930s. The company sponsored the Rangers F.C. strip throughout the 1990s, as well as those of several other football teams.