Glasgow’s Merchant City Brewing Company has launched three new cask aged beers along with two new pilot series offerings in time for the festive season.
Two of the cask aged beers have been aged using Speyside’s revered Glenfarclas whisky barrels to create a unique offering for beer lovers.
The Glenfarclas cask aged Jaggery Imperial Stout is a dark, strong stout made with six different types of grain, Jaggery and cold brew coffee, which was aged in the Speyside ex-sherry whisky casks.
The Glenfarclas cask aged IPA combines our staple hop-forward IPA with a sweeter flavour from the cask creating a delicate balance with the bitter bite of the IPA.
The trilogy also includes a bourbon barrel aged Chocolate Stout with Sour Cherry. Using the brewery’s new chocolate stout, which features a rich roasted malt character with a bitter dark chocolate taste and aroma of cacao nibs, the beer was aged for four months in bourbon barrels with sour cherries and an extra dose of 100% cocoa chocolate.
All three beers will be available in 330ml and 500ml bottles and available from the usual independent stockists in Glasgow and Edinburgh priced from £5. The beers can also be purchased as a three bottle gift pack directly from the brewery online at merchantcitybrewing.com
The brewery, which recently scooped three industry awards from SIBA Scotland, has also launched two new pilot series beers: Kristall Weizen, a modern Scottish take on the classic weizen style, using 50% wheat and 50% pilsner malt. And finally, a new Chocolate Stout, a delicious, full –bodied dark beer with a rich roasted malt character complemented by the dark chocolate taste and aroma of cacao nibs.
Generally when you're invited to a brewery, of course you're going to say yes. When it's the Wellpark brewery and they are launching their new and improved visitor centre you definitely say yes. Wellpark is a piece of Strathclyde history, up there with the John Brown's yard or Ravenscraig.
When you have 500 odd years of brewing experience to choose from the choice of what to put in a visitor centre is pretty extensive, especially when one of the products is the unmistakable indomitable Tennent's Lager. First brewed at Wellpark in 1885 this “madman's dream” has such a characterful history you can see why it was put front and centre.
The Tennent's Story is full of interesting exhibits which will resonate with many. See which of the retro beer cans you remember drinki… ummm your mum or dad drinking from over the years, or watch as decades worth of old Tennent's TV adverts show on the big screen, some more politically correct than others! Then there's the fun to be had at the table football or the 8 bit arcade game, with the tin of beer ceiling above.
You can book on to a tour of the brewery as well if you want to, pick up some quality merchandise and enjoy a pint direct from the tank. There's loads to see and do in this beer themed attraction so head to their website http://www.tennentstours.com for more details.
Beer Palace, oh how I scoffed at the pretentiousness of such a grandiose statement. But Brewhemia manages to carry it off quite wonderfully.
A stunning underground space refurbished with wood and copper and lights, lots and lots of lights. There are six tanks each filled with beer direct from the Breweries unpasteurised and full of flavour, the long tables and benches (upon which dancing is encouraged) makes the space feel like a traditional Beer Hall, albeit one with a great deal of bling.
We were invited along to see the first tank get tapped, by none other than Scottish Rugby hero Finn Russell, who seemed to be having a cracking time pulling the pints.
After all the excitement passed and several pints were consumed, the live entertainment arrived on stage. This duelling piano duo (and drummer) called Howl at the Moon will play and sing almost anything you suggest. We had Elton, Billy Joel, Britney Spears (!!!) all bashed out with energy and not inconsiderable skill.
They are playing Brewhemia every Thursday during the festival in August, so head on down and check them, and the Beer Palace, out for yourselves...
Brewhemia, 1A Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE
Gaston and I were invited down to Brewhemia for a nose around and a beer, but the opinions are very much our own. Hopefully we'll be back to write a full review soon.
Our friends at Ibérica are giving away a trip to Madrid to taste Mahou beer in it's home city
Mahou is the quintessential beer of people from Madrid. This summer, Ibérica wants to bring the taste of Madrid to the UK by rewarding you for enjoying Mahou.
Do you want to go to Madrid?
1. Starting in June and until 31st of August, pick up a Mahou Card from Ibérica
2. Throughout the summer, collect one stamp per visit when you enjoy a Mahou pint while dining at Ibérica
3. Once you have completed ten stamps in the card
• Add your details at the back for the chance to win the trip
• Hand it to one of the team at the bar.
• Good luck!
The lucky winner will be contacted at the beginning of September and will get a weekend for 2 people in Madrid, including accommodation, flights and 2 tickets to attend a football game at one of the emblematic Madrid football stadiums: Santiago Bernabeu or Vicente Calderón.
With 125 years of beer making experience, Mahou name refers to the surname of the family that have owned the brewery for more than a century. The beginning of this beer's history traces back to 1890 and its creator Casimiro Mahou Beirhans, an entrepreneur of Alsacian origin that decided to found the family company which would later become the pioneer company in Spain for beer production.
Beer-loving friends Richard Servranckx and Dan Quille, both from Leith in Edinburgh, plan to share their passion for quality brews and revolutionise the Scottish beer scene with a new ‘Craft Beer Revolution Festival’ at Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh 24th to 26th November 2016.
Dan said… ‘I recently visited America and was blown away by how popular craft beer was there. Here is Edinburgh it’s still the norm to go into a bar and order a pint of one of the big brands, so we decided to put our love of micro-brewed beer to good use and organise a festival that will introduce people to the amazing range of craft beers that are produced here on our doorstep and support the craft beer industry.’
The three-day festival will be held at Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh (24-26th November) and showcase craft beers from 13 of the best breweries from Scotland, the UK and Europe including Edinburgh based breweries Pilot and Top Out, Glasgow based Up Front, Panda Frog Project from Newcastle, London based Howling Hops and Parisis from Paris. Arbikie Gin and Vodka and wines from Vino will also be available for those who wish to enjoy the festival with a different tipple.
Over 60 beers will be on offer in the Beer Hall, from pale ales to hoppy 10% brews, appealing to both beer connoisseurs and novices who can try new flavours, meet the brewers and discover a new favourite beer. A Craft Beer Revolution beer will also be available - a slightly spicy double red rye IPA – brewed in collaboration with Edinburgh based microbrewery Ushers, and festivalgoers can vote for their favourite beer to win the ‘Craft Beer Revolution Beer of the Year’ award.
To accompany the steady stream of beer, street food is served-up by Scoff, The Buffalo Truck and Glasgow’s popular Babu Bombay Street Kitchen, and Cleaver & Keg Charcuterie Trollies will meander around the festival offering cured meats to pair with the beers available.
As well as a Craft Beer Revolution branded glass to drink from at the festival and take home, tastings and masterclasses from the breweries involved are also included with tickets. Entertainment takes the form of a playlist complied from songs festivalgoers request online before the festival, daily pub quizzes, Beer-Drinking Relay Races and much more.
Richard added… ‘We’ve been working hard over the last 6 months to produce Craft Beer Revolution Festival and can’t wait to share it with our visitors. We are thrilled to be working with all the breweries taking part and honoured to support Brewgooder as our charity partner and support their #DrinkBeerGiveWater campaign that provides clean water to over one million people.’
Early bird tickets priced at £8 are on sale now at www.revolutioncraftbeer.com and include festival entry, a Craft Beer Revolution branded glass to drink from and take home, a £2 beer voucher and entry to masterclasses.
Breweries taking part:
Pilot, Howling Hops, Top Out, Spey Valley, Six North, Up Front Brewing, Panda Frog Project, Fallen Brewing, Northern Alchemy, Tryst, Fyne Ales Scotland, Alechemy Mordue Brewery, Parisis and Arbikie Gin & Vodka
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