Scottish Fest Revisited

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Thanks again to all that made Scottish Fest a success. I’d like to also thank our new tasters Hanna Gross and Bob Reynolds. We had some great entries this round, and the competition was steep with plenty of samples to go around. Some of my favorite brews were entered into this category and it was good to see they were validated by the scores of this blind tasting. Congratulations to Michael Mustin aka Mikey aka Swamp Foot for taking home the pot with Tyranena Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale. If you happen to bump into him in the near future, make sure to ask him about his childhood in the hills of Anderson. Make sure to “Like” CosIT Photography on Facebook or drop by his webpage . Great photos as always. Cheers!

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
Smithwicks
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.

One Week Until Scottish Fest

There’s only one week left to register for our tasting next Saturday. This one is definitely one not to miss. 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 is a list of higher rated suggested brews that fit the style and may give you the edge to win the round:

Belhaven Wee Heavy
Belhaven 80 +/- Scottish Ale
Belhaven McCallum’s Stout Scottish Ale
Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale
Tyranena Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale
Bluegrass Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale
Black Swan Scottish Ale
Sun King Wee Mac Scottish Ale
Belhaven Premium Scottish Export
Belhaven St. Andrew’s Ale

As you can see, Belhaven Brewery has numerous beers to choose from. My suggestion would be to hit up Kahn’s and see what they have available. I know for a fact that Sun King always has Wee Mac on tap if you’re into the $5 Friday scene 🙂 Looking forward to the 30th. Scottish Fest will be taking place at The Blvd Apartments. I’ll be sending formal invites with directions soon.