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In the three years since launching with their delightful Happy Chappy session pale ale, Cromarty Brewing Company have built a solid reputation for producing an accessible yet flavour-packed range of beers (their Rogue Wave pale ale is a particular favourite). Although the majority of their beers are made using isinglass, Cromarty are planning to phase […]

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Pilot of Leith, Edinburgh, began brewing in November 2013 with the ambition to make beers that were different yet drinkable, off-the-wall rather than out-and-out wacky. They launched with a Vienna Pale Ale, a fairly tame precursor of what has since followed. These past 12 months Pilot’s adventures in brewing have seen them brew beer with […]

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Blood Revenge rye stout (6.6%) by Black Metal Brewery Black Metal Brewery make strong beer. At 6%, their Will-o’-the-Wisp juniper smoked ale is the weakest of their mighty brood. Their bottles are a sight to behold, too; distinctive, mostly black, think Cthulhu rather than hipster. And when you look at their website, you’ll see this […]

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India India by Pilot brewing
January 31, 2015

The third review of the year is another big-hitter, a double IPA from Pilot, one of Scotland’s newest breweries and a product of the boom in craft beers and ales. Pilot of Leith, Edinburgh, began brewing in November 2013 with the ambition to make beers that were different yet drinkable, off-the-wall rather than out-and-out wacky. […]

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Easy IPA by Flying Dog Brewery
January 29, 2015

Easy IPA (4.7%) by FLying Dog Brewery Continuing January’s vegan theme, attentions switch Stateside to the town of Frederick, Maryland and the magnificent Flying Dog Brewery. Flying Dog celebrate their quarter century this year, and since their maiden flight in 1990 they’ve brewed a steady series of craft ales, winning over beer lovers in the […]

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Vestan West Coast IPA 6% by Heidrun Brewing Co. Rather than having a Dry- or a Tryanuary I’ve gone vegan for a month. Beer-wise, having a Veganuary means being a little bit more discerning about what you fill your glass with. Beers that use isinglass, or finings, are out. (Isinglass is derived from dried fish bladder and […]

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Atom Beers Camomile XP
December 31, 2014

Atom Beers Camomile XP 4.2% The guys and gal at Atom Beers like their science. You can see it on their bottle labels and hear it in their chat. For them, and many other brewers these days, the disciplines of chemistry, biology and engineering are as important to the craft of brewing as is a […]

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Local Motive session IPA by Fallen Brewery
December 27, 2014

Local Motive session IPA 3.9% Fallen Brewery has been around for a good few years now, but they’ve only relatively recently started brewing at their Kippen base, following the conversion of the village’s former railway station into a brewery. Their shiny new brewkit gives much more control over the brewing and bottling process, meaning bigger […]

Honey Spice IPA by Sharp’s Brewery
November 14, 2014

Honey Spice IPA Honey Spice IPA by Sharp’s Brewery (6.5%)   Bit unusual this one, but worth seeking out.    The honey isn’t too overpowering, and tags along nicely with the big hitting hops. Somewheer there’s a warm spicy hint but you’d be forgiven for not noticing as there’s already a lot going on, including […]

Rough Justice by Anarchy Brew Co
November 10, 2014

Rough Justice Rough Justice bitter amber rye ale from Anarchy Brew Co Dry, sweet malts with a big treacle hit. Lovely caramel biscuity aroma, and a long first taste that stretched out to a medium bitter finish, with pine and citrus and a sweet caramel kick-back. Would hoppily have again.

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Hop Jock by Stewart Brewing
July 8, 2014

Hop Jock by Stewart Brewing 5% American pale ale with an initial soft, sweet hoppy aroma. Lots going on here. Bit of a long, complex yet comfortable journey, like travelling first class on Emirates wearing a Hawaiian-style cat suit, if that’s not too much of a weird (read: shite) metaphor. There’s mango, pineapple, berries and […]

Skipper’s Ticket by Lerwick Brewery
July 4, 2014

Skipper’s Ticket by Lerwick Brewery 4% Fresh and fruity with a spicy finish, yet has a dry, musky bitterness, and the strong malts and a hint of Marmite fit comfortably with the tartness. Brewed with familiar East Kent Goldings hops, as well as Perle and Williamette. It’s pleasant, but not mind-blowing, and of the two in […]

Icelandic Toasted Porter by Einstok
May 16, 2014

Icelandic Toasted Porter by Einstok (6%) Icelandic Toasted Porter by Einstok A salty malty aroma off this one, laced with coffee and a notch of spice. Poured dark, dark brown with a lively burnt head that didn’t last long. Had a sweet, rounded malt flavour that worked mostly well with the fresh, green-tasting hops. The […]

2 Craigs unstout by Cromarty Brewing
May 14, 2014

2 Craigs unstout by Cromarty Brewing (2%) 2 Craigs unstout by Cromarty Brewing Fresh pine, resin aroma on opening bottle that was more fragrant than flowery. The hops really dominated on this one, pushing much of the maltiness to the side, as you’d expect with its mighty low ABV and unstout moniker. It poured a […]

Balthan by Tryst Brewery
May 12, 2014

Blathan by Tryst Brewery Blathan by Tryst Brewery (4%) Single-hopped pale ale with some elderflowers chucked in. Absolutely delicious and heartwarmingly fresh. A fragrant, spiced fruit aroma. Crisp tangy flavour with tropical fruits and a saltiness coming through. Dry, bitter and crisp biscuit finish.  

Columbus by Brouwerij ‘t IJ
May 10, 2014

Columbus by Brouwerij ‘t IJ (9%) This beer came all the way from Amsterdam courtesy of my brother in law, and damn it was fine. It was, it’s fair to say, quite unlike any beer I can think of, but let’s be honest, that’s not saying much… First off, you’re punched slap bang in the […]

Yoga Chef by Stewart’s Brewing
May 8, 2014

Yoga Chef coffee-infused oatmeal stout by Stewart’s Brewing (5.5%) Yoga Chef by Stewart’s Brewing Wow. Keep your eyes open for this rather fine coffee stout. Plenty of bitterness from the hops which complement the sweet chocolate malts. Lively carbonation, light to medium body, with hints of orange citrus, fresh fruit and earthy love.

60 Degrees North by Lerwick Brewery
May 6, 2014

60 Degrees North, Shetland lager by Lerwick Brewery (4.8%) 60 Degrees North by Lerwick Brewery A delicious, rounded lager, dangerously morish but sadly only comes in 330ml bottles. Happily, though, Lerwick is doing a bit of a mainland sales push so should be a bit easier to get your hands on. Taste of treacle and […]

Dark Abbey by Top Out Brewery
May 4, 2014

It’s been a busy month, and I’ve been trying lots of new beers; some freshly released from the brewery, others new to me. Some bought, some were samples. Over the next couple of weeks I’ve going to list these, do write-ups. Diary entries really; kind of what this site was intended for originally. So, to […]

Dark Arts
December 12, 2013

Dark Horse from Scottish Borders Brewery It’s Christmas. It’s time for another dark beer review. So, to the Borders badlands, a pure medieval Mad Max country where they lowered the drinking age to 12 cause of all the early deaths cause of all the fighting.   It’s a balancy thing, drinking and reviewing a Borders beer. […]

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