Still Time To Reserve A Brew For Scottish Fest

We’ve still got a few seats open for this weekend’s Scottish Fest. I’ve updated my list of suggested brews if you are having a hard time finding the right one to enter. They all fit the style and should be available at most liquor stores:

Belhaven McCallum’s Stout Scottish Ale
Sam Adams Irish Red
Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale
Tyranena Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale
Harpoon Celtic Ale
Bluegrass Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale
Murphy’s Irish Red Ale
Black Swan Scottish Ale
Saranac Irish Red Ale
Belhaven St. Andrew’s Ale

All entries must fit within BJCP guidelines for style. There are some great Scottish ales out there, but finding them may be tricky. Remember that Irish Red ales also fit the style. Here are links to Beer Advocate’s listing by subcategory: Scottish Ale (includes 60/-, 70/-, and 80/-), Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy, and Irish Red Ales.

Scottish Ale Fest!

This month’s tasting… Scottish Ales! I absolutely love this style and hope that you will too. BJCP Guidelines (Category 9 – Scottish and Irish Ales) describe Scottish Ales as primarily malty with low to moderate hop bitterness, and a low to medium body. The ABV will vary from 3-10% based on the type of ale brewed, and can vary in color from light copper to deep amber. Scottish Ales are categorized in a rather interesting way. Beers were classified by their price in schillings, with the stronger beers being more expensive (Strong Scotch Ale or “Wee Heavy” 90/-) and lighter beers being less expensive (Scottish Light 60/-). Here’s a rather informative link from Wikipedia on Beer in Scotland. So lets cut to the chase already! The tasting will take place at 5pm on Saturday June 30th. Don’t worry Phish Phans, the Deer Creek shows end on Friday (unless you have more money than I do and are also going to Alpine) 🙂 The first 15 peeps to Request a Brew get a seat in our tasting. Please make sure you are requesting ales and not lagers, as I will scold you and promptly reject your entry. Happy hunting, I look forward to seeing what you guys round up. Cheers!

Three Floyd’s Robert the Bruce Scottish Ale (Sample) – Erik Howell
Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale – Matthew Kennedy
Dark Horse Scotty Karate – Erica Garcia
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company’s Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale – Gary Dozier
Belhaven Scottish Ale – Bob Reynolds
Moylan’s Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale – Jeremy McClintock
Belhaven Wee Heavy – Hannah Banana
Tyranena Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale – Michael Mustin
Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale – Dan Sandman
Sun King Wee Mac – Erik Howell
Smithwicks Irish Red Ale – Matt Kennedy