- Festival days -

  • Fri 25 Aug7pm - midnight
  • Sat 26 Aug2pm - midnight
  • Sun 27 Aug1pm - 11pm

Beer

Festival Beers

Scottish breweries from across the country will supply over forty different ales, lagers and ciders for the festival. You can check out the 2017 list by clicking on the brewery tabs below to reveal the ales along with the tasting notes.

Alechemy Brewing

http://www.alechemy.beer/home
Luckie 80 Shilling Festival Ale (5.0%)
We are very proud to announce that this year's festival ale will be brewed by one of the smallest breweries in Scotland. A copper coloured traditional malty Scottish beer with a full flavour and body. Brewed with a combination of 6 different malts and fermented with a Scottish ale yeast. Just got to be tried!
Bad day at the office (4.5%)
An accolade to a long and frustrating day. With a generous amount of hops and a low ABV, what better way to put a smile back on your face? A light golden ale with a heavy hop bitterness and flavoured with a strong fruit and citrus aroma.
Ritual Pale Ale (IPA) (4.1%)
Alechemy's flagship beer. Ritual is an IPA with a medium malt backbone giving way to refreshing bitterness, with a citrus and slightly spicy hop aroma.

Belhaven Brewery

http://www.belhaven.co.uk
St Andrews Ale (4.9%)
A real classic, Belhaven's St. Andrews Ale is inspired by another great Scottish invention - golf. It's simple really - a truly great beer, great balance and great flavours. Just the thing to quench the thirst after a day on the course.
Black Stout (4.2%)
Belhaven Brewery is extremely excited and proud to announce the launch of the newest member of our family - Belhaven Black Scottish Stout. Belhaven Black Scottish Stout really is something completely different. Bursting with roast coffee and chocolate flavours, this is a truly genuine and premium pint. Brewed using pure Scottish water and a unique blend of Scottish triple malts sourced from the finest locally grown barley.

Black Isle Brewery

http://www.blackislebrewery.com
Organic Blonde (4.5%)
Is it a lager? Is it a pale ale? Does it even matter or does anyone care? Brewed with Hallertau hops for a grassy, Germanic aroma, this continental style beer carries a hint of honey sweetness which balances with the dry, crisp, refreshing palate and the biscuity finish. A genre defying classic.

Cairngorm Brewery Company

http://www.cairngormbrewery.com
Wildcat – (Amber Ale) (5.1%)
A smooth, deep amber coloured ale with a complex malt, fruit and hop flavour. Strong and distinctive like the powerful sleek Scottish Wildcat it is named after!
Trade Winds (Golden Ale) (4.3%)
Light golden in colour with a high proportion of wheat giving the beer a clean fresh taste. The mash blends together with the Perle hops and elderflower providing a bouquet of fruit and citrus flavours

Caledonian Brewing Company

http://www.caledonianbeer.com
Road to Rio (Golden Ale) (4.0%)
No contest here, it’s taking part that counts and winning gold is assured. Solid gold beer with citric soft fruit aroma and flavour followed by lemon and soft malt finish.
Edinburgh Castle 80/- (4.1%)
Caledonian have signed an agreement with Historic Scotland to use the world-famous landmark and the name ‘Edinburgh Castle’ for our 80 Shilling Ale, which reflects the pride we have in our Edinburgh roots. Brewed with no less than five malts this russet brown classic has a malty caramel and fruity aroma accompanied by a superb creamy head. Full bodied and with complex bittersweet and satisfying malt flavours, it has a soft hoppy finish that is dry and spicy.
Deuchars IPA (3.8%)
Distinctively radiant, deliciously refreshing! Deuchars is a naturally brilliant blend of malt & hops. A fabulous cask beer with enormous drinkability. Awards for Deuchars include CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britain and World Champion Cask Ale. Discerning beer drinkers have stated it is the perfect gateway to quality cask beer.

Fallen Brewing Co

http://www.fallenbrewing.co.uk
Grapevine (New World Pale Ale) (5.4%)
Big tropical and citrus fruit flavours and aromas develop into a lasting bitterness that brings you back for more. Try it with Indian curries, spicy pizzas or chorizo. The taste is nicely hoppy with more tropical fruits, light spice and lingering bitterness. Pretty impressive!
Local Motive (IPA) (3.9%)
We’ve taken our session beer, brewed especially for the Cross Keys (Kippen), and turbo-charged it with Mosaic dry-hops. Easy-drinking but loads of flavour. Solid caramel malt on the tongue, this 3.9 session strength brew has bags of taste, there’s a little background yeast, but the finish is strong and fresh tasting. Really good

Fyne Ales

http://www.fyneales.com
Jarl (Bitter Ale) (3.8%)
Very pale, straw colour. An aroma of passion fruit and hemp gives way to a grassy hop. Passion fruit and grapefruit flavours persist, through use of the Citra hop. Long bitter grassy finish SIBA Champion Beer of Scotland 2011 Gold Medal Winner – International Beer Challenge 2011 Glasgow CAMRA Beer of the Year 2009/10
Avalanche (Golden Ale) (4.5%)
This true golden ale starts with stunning citrus on the nose. Well-balanced with good body and fruit balancing a refreshing hoppy taste, it finishes with a long bittersweet aftertaste. Silver Medal Winner – International Beer Challenge 2010 World’s Best Blonde Ale – World Beer Awards 2008

Harviestoun Brewery

http://www.harviestoun.com
Shiehallion (Pilsner Style Ale) (4.8%)
Pale straw/gold colour. Unique cask conditioned lager. The use of finest lager malt and German hops results in a true Pilsner-style beer. Aroma hints at both hops and a slight flowery sweetness which is reflected in the taste. Good body for this type of beer, full flavour that leans towards the sweeter side but dryish finish.

Inveralmond Brewery

http://www.inveralmond-brewery.co.uk
Thrappledouser Bitter Ale (4.3%)
Thrappledouser is a golden copper coloured ale, which has a thick and creamy off-white head that laces your glass all the way to the bottom, leaving you wanting more. A marriage of Pilgrim, East Kent Goldings and Cascade hops presents a delicate citrus aroma and a unique spicy floral taste.
Ossian (Pale Ale) (4.1%)
A pale, golden coloured brew with a full bodied fruity flavour with distinct nutty tomes and a hoppy, zesty, orange aroma, derived from First Gold and Cascade hops. Excellent brewing resulted in Ossian being judged the Champion Beer of Scotland.

Kelburn Brewery

http://www.kelburnbrewery.com
Jaguar (Golden Ale) (4.5%)
Hot off the press - At this year's Great British Beer Festival - Jaguar was awarded Silver in the Supreme Champions section. Congratulations to the guys at Kelburn. Luckily we have ordered ours early!! A golden, full bodied ale with undertones of grapefruit and a long lasting citrus, hoppy aftertaste. This beer has bite!
Goldihops (Golden Ale) (3.8%)
A beer derived from years of practice searching for the perfect pint, of course hoping secretly that you never actually find it! In other words, a pint suited to the taste- buds of our head brewer that can be savoured several times in one session without feeling like the bottom has fallen out of your world (or vice-versa!). Golden, hoppy, clean on the palate and leaving a long lingering after-taste that will haunt you until you quest for more.

Loch Lomond Brewery

http://www.lochlomondbrewery.com
Silkie Stout (5.0%)
A rich dark chocolate stout, coffee and chocolate on the nose and finishing with coffee, chocolate and a hint of orange on the palate. In 2016 this ale was CAMRA Champion Stout for Scotland and Northern Ireland and has won four SIBA Awards already this year. Just give this a try- it's.....well silkie!!
Southern Summit (Blonde Ale) (4.0%)
This ale proved so popular that we decided to keep it as a regular. Light blonde but highly hopped with summit and citra hops.

Luckie Ales

http://www.luckie-ales.com
Luckie 80 Shilling Festival Ale (5.0%)
We are very proud to announce that this year's festival ale will be brewed by one of the smallest breweries in Scotland. A copper coloured traditional malty Scottish beer with a full flavour and body. Brewed with a combination of 6 different malts and fermented with a Scottish ale yeast. Just got to be tried!

MòR Brewing

http://www.morbrewing.com
MòR Calm and Wise (3.4%)
A lush golden yellow coloured ale exploding with zingy hops. Pepper and lemon flavours combine to create a zestful, silky smooth finish.
MòR Ticia (Stout) (4.5 %)
A full bodied stout with a hint of Vimto and a perfect dark chocolate aftertaste.

Orkney Brewery

http://www.sinclairbreweries.co.uk
Northern Light (Pale Ale) (4.0%)
Northern Light is our favorite pale ale: as a drink on its own, or matched with lighter or spicy food dishes, It's refreshing and rewarding all year round.

 On the nose, this pale straw-colored beer offers appealing citrus fruits, apricot and hop-resin aromas. On the palate, these fruits combine with a delicate juicy malt character to give a beer with a hoppy, zesty approachability – balanced, elegant and compelling.
Corncrake Ale (4.1%)
The newest addition to the Orkney range, a very drinkable spring beer. Straw-gold in colour with flavours of soft citrus fruits which combine beautifully with gentle floral notes

Park Brew

RedCastle Brewery

St Andrews Brewing Co

http://standrewsbrewingcompany.com
80 Bob (Classic 80/-) (4.8)
A traditional 80/- brown ale, a big malty sweet ale. Loads of caramel malt flavours with a lasting fruity finish. Get some down yer!
Crail Ale (Pale Ale) (4.2%)
A pale ale with a full on citrus punch, loads of Grapefruit and lime from the distinctive Columbus hop. Brewed by popular demand, Crail Ale was named “Champion Beer of Fife 2013″ at The Kingdom of Fife CAMRA Festival and also won the regional competition in the “Sainsburys Great British Beer Hunt” for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Stewart Brewing

http://www.stewartbrewing.co.uk
Edinburgh Gold (Bitter Ale) (4.8%)
Refreshing, balanced and full of flavour. This is a captivating gold bier, sophisticated in taste and rich in colour. Edinburgh Gold boasts an attractive continental hop aroma with moderate bitterness and a pleasing smooth finish.
Stewart’s 80/- (Classic Heavy) (4.4%)
Stewart’s 80/- is a full bodied, full flavoured auburn coloured classic heavy. It’s easy drinking with aromas of malt, light hops & fruit to compliment it’s smooth and creamy texture.

Strathbraan Brewery

http://strathbraanbrewery.tel
Look West (Golden blond ale) (4.0%)
A 'blond' beer with a pale straw colour. It has a very crisp, citrus fruity flavor, soft lemon peel - a nice refreshing beer!
Head East (Bitter Ale) (4.2%)
Head East is one of the two ales first brewed by Mark Proctor for his new Strathbraan brewery. It is a traditional bitter. It is a copper colour in appearance, has a malty character and a pronounced floral aroma. A well balanced beer.

Thistly Cross Cider

http://www.thistlycrosscider.co.uk
Strawberry Cider (4.0%)
Strawberry infused cider is matured with masses of pressed Scottish strawberries to make a full bodied, fruit-driven, quenching drink. Rich in colour, the mouth is full of fruit with a clean refreshing finish.
Traditional Cider (4.4%)
A satisfying session cider that has the same smooth flavour as the Original but with a lower ABV. A good full body with a refreshing sparkling mouthfeel. Fruity & aromatic, golden in the glass, with a clean apple finish. A perfect session cider.
Ginger Cider (4.0%)
Ginger cider is matured with fresh-pressed root ginger. A medium dry, full bodied, pale clear gold, spicy drink. Refreshing in summer, reviving in winter. Can be served over ice or steaming hot.

West Beer

http://www.westbeer.com
West4 (Lager) (4.0%)
WEST4 is the latest addition to the WEST family, brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot (ancient German purity law). It is a session lager, brewed with aromatic hops only and is an easy drinking lager with malty finish that complements the citrus background.

WooHa Brewing Company

Williams Bros Brewing Company

http://www.WilliamsBrosBrew.com
March of the Penguins (Creamy Stout) (4.9%)
This creamy dark stout, deep chocolate in colour has a nose of roast malts, coffee, licourice & orange peel. The aromas carry on into the flavour with a smooth mouthfeel, rich malty start, fresh hoppy middle & a delicious lingering sweet orange after taste.
Seven Giraffes (IPA) (5.1%)
This aromatic IPA pours a deep gold with citrus hops, followed by sweet caramel. On the tongue the biscuity malts are perfectly balanced with the bitterness of the hops, freshness of the lemon and lingering floral elderflower aftertaste.

What is real ale?

Real ales are produced using a traditional brewing method. Brewing begins by mixing the grist of the highest quality malted barley to hot water in the mash tun, producing a mash.

A sweet liquid called wort is filtered out of the mash and transferred to the brew kettle. The wort is then brought to a rolling boil and hops are added to contribute bitterness, flavour and aroma.

After boiling, the wort is transferred through a heat exchanger, cooling the liquid down to fermentation temperature. The wort is then pumped into the primary fermenter where yeast is added.

After five days or so, the fresh ale is racked to casks where it conditions over two weeks or so ready to be distributed to the market and freshly served using gravity pull handles.

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