Last week we went to Scotland.
This is how it went down.
Monday was a traveling day. We flew from Gothenburg to Amsterdam then Amsterdam to Aberdeen. Not the quickest rout, by any means but there you go. After arriving in Aberdeen and meeting the most Scottish speaking person ever (our taxi driver) we set out on the town to check out the local beer bars. For a relatively small town Aberdeen has a surprisingly good beer scene and getting a decent beer turned out to be very easy. What with both of the BrewDog bars carrying Dugges Black Currant and all… yeah… We tried som local brews and called it a night.
Early morning pick-up outside the hotel by the guys from Fierce Beer. Having learnt that we we’re going to The Hanging Bat in Edinburgh the Fierce Beer guys contacted us about a possible collaboration. Naturally, we said yes! After some e-mails back and forth we settled on a Wee Heavy/Barley Wine to be aged on Whiskey and Bourbon barrels! So, the morning commenced with a heavy mash in. During the boil the guys took us up to BrewDog in Ellon for a tour. Funnily enough, our pal Henok from Omnipollo was there brewing, so, as James Watt, founder of BrewDog, said later the same night during dinner, it was a good day for North-Eastern Scottish/Swedish beer collaborations! All in all, it was a good day and can’t wait for the beer to be finished!
We got on the train in Aberdeen heading down to Edinburgh. After we settled into our hotel we went to The Hanging Bat. A two day tap takeover/meet the brewer event together with our friends from Wiper And True was going down. 7 beers from each brewery, each day. 14 beers from each brewery in total. The turnout was great and we got our first taste of Edinburgh’s beer life. If we were to pick a beer of ours that people seemed to like the best it was probably Boxed Idjit, but it was a close call.
Another early morning and a packed day. We started out at Andrew Ushers & Co for yet another collaboration brew. This one came about in a weird way. When knowing we were to go to Scotland and The Hanging Bat, we contacted Bottle Baron, a bottle shop in Edinburgh. We thought a day event with some kind of bottle share tasting would be cool to do. We discussed back and fourth and decided that a Six Ways tasting would be the thing, tasting all six imperial stouts, with the same base beer but different flavorings, side by side. Due to legislation and interest, Bottle Barron could not have the tasting at their place so they housed it at Andre Ushers & Co. Now, Andrew Ushers & Co have a brew kit in their pub so the thought, why not hit, or kill, two birds with one stone and brew up a collaboration while we were there. (Metaphorically, of course – we’re in no way endorsing the killing of, or stone throwing at, birds) Said and done. A Apricot Yogurt sour is resting nicely in their tanks as we speak. After brewing, the six ways tasting got under way! Around 25 brave souls had ventured out into the Edinburghian rain, setting out to drink six +10% ABV imperial stouts at 1530h, on a weekday. From our end, the tasting was a success. Just meeting, and talking to everyone who came out was a blast! Still, the day was not done. Back to The Hanging Bat for day two of our tap take over extravaganza with Wiper And True. An even bigger turn out than the day before and, from what we could hear and see, the beers went down well.
Again a traveling day. Edinburgh-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Gothenburg. All with smiles on our faces. Scotland, we’ll be back.