BeerCast brewday with Black Isle…and Pluscarden Abbey

BeerCast brewday with Black Isle…and Pluscarden Abbey

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Mar 4, 2013
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It was fairly clear from the beginning that our fourth BeerCast brewday would be unlike any of the others. Following trips to Alechemy, Ayr and DemonBrew, our visit to the Black Isle brewery actually began several weeks ago, when chatting to our host at the launch of their Cold Turkey breakfast beer. Head brewer Colin […]

Black Isle go Cold Turkey

Black Isle go Cold Turkey

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Feb 1, 2013
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Back in late 2010, the Government announced they were to raise alcohol duty on all beers over 7.5%abv, ostensibly to tackle ‘problem drinking’. At the same time, they revealed a plan to cut duty on beers brewed at 2.8% or under – to promote lower strength alternatives. I wondered at the time if any of […]

My favourite beer of all-time?

My favourite beer of all-time?

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Jun 18, 2012
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Like comedians being asked to tell someone a joke, when I tell people I write about beer the question that inevitably comes back is “Well, what’s your favourite then?”. There’s so many ways to answer this. Firstly, I don’t really have one – new beers are coming out all the time – and attempting to […]

Black Isle takeover Nobles

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Mar 29, 2012
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There are always plenty of beer events in Edinburgh – as any regular reader of this website will know. Only a small proportion of them take place in Leith, however – which is a surprise, given how many great pubs you can find there. It’s also something of a shame, as Leith has a reputation […]

Breweries to watch out for in 2012…

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Jan 9, 2012
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As we head into the New Year, the UK brewing scene seems to be in great shape. The economic climate might be as bad as a Scottish hurricane, and the Government seems intent on sticking it to everybody in the industry (with a few, notable, exceptions) – but this is a fantastic time to be […]

Best new beers of 2011…the best of the rest

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Dec 18, 2011
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List-making is par for the course at this time of year – which explains our recent flurry of posts detailing our favourite new British beers. The trouble with compiling lists, however, is that you can’t add everything (unless it’s one of those Channel 4 shows like ‘the best 100 children’s breakfast cereals’). Listing our six […]

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