Review: The Craftsman Company, Aberdeen

This new kid on the block, replacing the iconic Schooner, bills itself as a coffee and ale house.

For me, though, the emphasis was on the ale – especially given the selection of craft beers on offer both on tap and in the fridge.

Not the most extensive range you’ll find, but clearly picked with care and passion.

My opening gambit was a schooner of Tempest’s fine sour pale ale, Drop Kick Me Jesus (£3.75).

As I sipped away, enjoying the mouth-puckering brew, I was also enjoying the atmosphere.

This light and airy space is a revelation.

It’s all brick work, rough cast and pale wooden panels that combine to make a relaxed but cool without trying too hard ambience.

I enjoyed it so much another schooner was called for, this time a heavy duty IPA, Distortion (£5.40) from Firestone. Bitter and fine.

Given its location, I can see the Craftsman being a bit of a haunt on my trips to town.

I might even try the coffeee.

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