Entry 34: Scotland the Brave (Part 1)

Location:  Scotland, England

Brewery:  Drygate, Brewdog (Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle)

Reason:  Sometimes you need to travel for beer

Roaming the glens and lochs of Scotland, Sam and I continue our trek for beer.  Normally we don’t venture far from the safety of Washington State, but we needed to cross the pond for beer.  And alas, we did.  Our first stop was the city of Glasgow in Scotland.  The hustle and bustle of cabs, people with thick accents and sleepyness of jet lag stood in our way, but we were not scared.  In fact, we were thirsty.  Thirsty for Scottish beer.

Drygate brewing was the first stop.  Located next to the giant that is Tennants, Drygate is a decent enough Scottish craft brewery.  With the slogan, “Brewed Fearlessly” we had to remind ourselves not to be scared, it was just beer.

The first thing you notice when you step into a Scottish brewery is that half the beers are on cask.  Which in my mind is great!  But, unless you love malty 3.8% ABV beers, it may not be your jam.  In the United States, I love cask beers, normally cause they are IPAs, that is not the case in Scotland.  They love their beers malty and flavorless.  Which is very disappointing.

The beers I had there were the Gladeye IPA, Reflex Red Ale and Emery Bell.  The IPA was fine. It is nothing like our IPAs, since the IBUs were only at 42.  Which is a pale in my mind.  But it was a good beer.  Nice caramel flavor to it, I think they add a  bit more hops, and I’d love it.  The Red ale and Emery Bell were average.  The Emery Bell was like 3% abv, where is the fun in that?  Sam thought there beer was average too.  But the brewery had an awesome feel to it, and we actually went to it twice, we enjoyed that whole feel of it.

From Drygate, we eventually make our way to Brewdog Brewing.  TO BE CONTINUED….