WOW what a year.
Ive been big into beer since 2007, and the scene in the Edinburgh and
Scotland has fair changed since then, but its really been this year that
the market has bloomed.
In the third part of this Year in Review i look at Breweries.
Well where to start, the Breweries in Scotland just seem to be going from Strength to Strength.
First off many breweries came out with New and exciting beers, the likes of Fyne
ales Cherry stout, Sublime stout and West Highland IPA, Knopps with his
best beer yet, the 3 Threads (ive still to try the stout) and Stewarts
with the Wonderfully chilli version of the Cauld Reekie. Then theres
been the Ocassional Sighting from Luckie, the brown stout being
particularly good. There have been several new breweries many of whom
still need to appear in Edinburgh so while its good to see them
springing up, ive no idea how good they are yet.
But there are Two breweries that have stood out this year, first
off is Black Isle, the excitement there started when they announced that
they were enticing one of the Brewers from the well respected Marble
Brewery. This alone was enough to whet my appetite. Now dont get me
wrong Black Isle beers have never been bad, in fact the very limited
Black Isle Export stout was always one of my Top Scottish beers, but
Marble rightly have a reputation for excellence and the arrival of one
of there top brewers could only be a GREAT thing. It didnt take Colin
long to get going, during the Stockbridge Tap festival he threw some
Raspberries into the Wheat beer to produce a wonderfully sweet summer
beer. But it was the Production of new beers that brought the most
excitement, from the almost perfect Black stout through the Chilli
porter, Coffee porter and Pacific Red. And of course when talking Black
Isle we cant miss out that fact that there brought up Master Chef Winner
Tim Anderson to brew his Red Hop Chilli bock, Now while red hot was
pushing it, it was a great Collaboration beer and we can only hope they
try to bring him back again.
The other stand out brewer is of course Tempest, there cant be
many drinkers in Scotland who havent heard and seeked out Tempest beer.
While they were around in 2010 they were very hard to find and it was
2011 they really kicked of. The first to wow me of course was their
Elemental Porter. The Chipotle Spiced Extra Porter was better still but
has only appeared once to my knowledge. The Single Hop Citra is one of
the best single hop beers i have ever had. The biggest fuss seemed to be
around the kegged Brave New World, but while a good beer its not really
my thing. But then good bless them they started to release some limited
bottles. At last Tempest at home. I could really do with some more
Caligula. The bottles have cleverly gone down the route of The Kernel
with a standard Design with the name stamped on the Label.
great as it allows them to produce new beers with out massive label
design cost and i can only hope we see many new beers from them in the