When you think of Scotland, you think of bagpipes, plaid, thick accents, golf and Scotch, right?
After a week in Scotland, our list has grown to include castles, palaces, ruined cathedrals, rain, blue skies, and our favorite, Scottish Ales.
In general, we are a fan of trying the local beers from our holiday destinations. It does not matter if we are in a different state or different country, we like to taste what the location has to offer, and Scotland was no different. We fully appreciate that Scotch should be our drink of choice, however, I just do not have enough hair on my chest to choke down more than a half a sip.
The Quest Begins
After a few hours of hiking in Holyrood Park, we decided a pint was in order. We found a cute looking pub on the Royal Mile and decided to duck in. After asking our server about the local beers, he informed us about the real beer they had on tap, Scottish Ales. Beer served the way it should be (at room temperature). After serving us up a taste of the three they had on tap, we settled on two different options…and thus the quest officially began!
We left Edinburgh on a rain Sunday and made our way to St Andrews. After checking into our B&B we headed out to find a late lunch, and soon discovered that each pub/restaurant has a different Scottish Ales on tap. Since which, we have enjoyed popping our head into pubs across Scotland to see (and taste) what Ales they have on tap. From St Andrews to Skye, and Inverness to Tobermory (on the Isle of Mull), we have enjoyed the quest of trying new Scottish Ales. Here is a short list of some of the Scottish Ales that we have tried to date.
- Eagle Ale (Cullin Brewery)
- Black Face (Cullin Brewery)
- Red Cullin (Isle of Skye Brewery)
- Hit the Lip (Cromarty Brewery)
- An Teallach Ale (An Teallach Brewery)
- Mor Ish! (Mor Brewery)
- Ka Pai (Stewart Brewery)
- Lakeland Gold (Hawkshead Brewery)
- Wolf (Allendale)
Being from Colorado (and the US), we are used to having a large selection of microbreweries. I am also used to asking bartenders for advice on beer selections. (I hate hoppy beers and am quite found of wheat beers.) I have found that most bartenders look at me like I have four heads, when I ask for a recommendation on a non-hoppy ale. Regardless the quest has been fun and we look forward to our last week in Scotland trying additional Scottish Ales. We will forever remember Scotland for beautiful scenery, cordial people, and the the variety of fine Ales on tap!