We take a look at what Aberdeen’s craft beer bars have on tap along with some recommendations on what to try.
The Craftsman Company
They’re keeping it big and juicy on the beer front at The Crafstman, with fingers crossed for another warm and sunny weekend.
Which means manager Stuart Nimmo’s beer choices have that summer feel.
Stuart said: “A stroke of genius from Tiny Rebel is Dutty which is a big hazy Vermont IPA plus we have Fourpure’s Juice Box, a citrus orange IPA.
“But most notable is Siren’s Calypso. Named after the goddess with a sharp tongue, this tangy, fruity sour beer is liberally dry hopped with amarillo and ekuanot for a fruity aroma and mouthfeel. A goddess in refreshing liquid beer form.”
Also on at The Craftsman:
- Wylam: Macchiato (Porter)
- The Craftsman Co: Happy Pils (GF Pilsner)
- Beavertown: Neckoil (Session IPA)
- Brewdog vs Fierce: Very Big Moose (Imperial Stout)
- Camden: Hells (Lager)
- Alpha State: Lingonberry Tart (Sour)
- Fierce: Split Shift (American IPA)
- Fallen: New World Odyssey (Blonde)
- Timmermans: Strawberry (Fruit)
- Thornbridge: Tonttu (IPA)
- Thornbridge: Bear State (West Coast IPA)
- Tiny Rebel: Frambuzi (Raspberry Sour)
- Burnt Mill: Cornerstone (Porter)
- Adnams: Cucumelon (Sour)
- Burning Sky: Arise (Pale Ale)
- Wild Beer Co: Wild Goose Chase (Gooseberry Pale)
General manager Kerr Sellars has the bottle to go off tap this week for his beer suggestion.
Kerr said: “Personally, I’m really excited to have some new bottles in stock including Dupont’s Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping. I consider it to be one of the best Belgian beers ever made and, trust me, I don’t say things like that very often.
“Every year they recreate the beer using a different hop for the dry hopping stage. This year’s hop is Styrian Eureka and it smells amazing when you crack it open. The flavour is very floral, earthy and citrusy with a smooth yet slightly bitter and dry finish.”
Also on tap at 6DN this weekend:
- Evil Twin: I Love You With My Stout (Imperial Stout)
- Cassels & Sons: Milk Stout
- Alvinne: Gaspar (Belgian Double IPA)
- Fyne Ales: Origins Project: Goodnight Summer (Gooseberry/ Camomile sour wheat)
Also coming on over the weekend:
- Redchurch: Tartelette: Verbena (Lemon Sour)
- Wander Beyond: Hide & Seek (DDH IPA)
- Siren: Suspended in Spelt (Spelt Pale Ale)
BrewDog like to go against the grain, so it’s only fitting the flagship bar is hosting a tap takeover with Kentucky brewers Against The Grain.
And bar general manager Squidy is looking forward to one beer in particular – Kamen Knuddeln
Squidy said: “It’s the one I find most interesting. They’ve used a lot of the processes that they use to make sour mash whiskeys to make what they call a sour mash beer.
“It doesn’t make it a sour beer. It’s really smooth, it does hark back to a sour mash whisky when you taste it. There’s a lot of dried fruit, sweet tarts and a hint of tannin from the very small amount of barrel-age characteristic they do.”
Also on at BrewDog Gallowgate:
- Against The Grain: Gegen den Strom – Knupp (Imperial Stout)
- Against The Grain: The Brown Note (Brown Ale)
- Against The Grain: A Beer (American Pale Ale)
- Against The Grain: Sho’Nuff (Blonde Ale)
- The Bruery: Chronology:18 (Old Ale)
Given the US beers showcase (including two of BrewDog USA’s) general manager Craig Fallenstein’s choice is from across the pond this week.
Craig said: “I am super-excited to be trying both the Juggernaut and the Hazy from our Columbus brewery. Other than that I’m looking forward to Tart Of Darkness from the Bruery. It’s a super blackcurrant sour stout aged in oak barrels. That is just phenomenal.”
Also on at BrewDog Castlegate:
- Central Waters Brewing Company: Space Ghost (Spiced/Herbed Beer)
- Against The Grain: Maple Bockin’ Pastries (Doppelbock)
- Against The Grain: Burnt At the Stake (Stout)
- The Wild Beer Co: Ninkasi (Saison)
- Magic Rock: Common Grounds (Porter)
CASC are filling their fridges with cool stuff (see what I did there).
Manager Craig Begg said: “Today we’re packing our fridges full with some banging new collaboration beers from Newcastle based brewers Wylam.
“First up is Open (2) Persuasion an 8% ABV Double IPA. This is version 2 of their original colab with Track Brewing Company. Even hoppier and jucier than the previous brew this is sure to be a favourite around the bar. I got stuck into one yesterday and can vouch for how tasty these are.
“We also have In Every Dream Home A Heartache, a four-way colab with Dry & Bitter, Track and North Brewing Co. It’s a 6% double dry hopped sour mash IPA perfect for these summer days!”
Also on at CASC:
- Chorlton: Grey Matter
- Chorlton: Junga Sour
- Chorlton: Citra Leaf Sour
- Chorlton: Mosaic Oatmeal Sour
- Chorlton: Hallertau Blanc Double Sour
- Chorlton: Black Mandarina
- Cloudwater: IPL Cashmere
- Thornbridge: Coritani
- Goose Island: Sofie
- Wild Beer: Maison #1
- Siren: Broken Dreams
Westhill Service Station (Hop Shop Aberdeen)
Clearly anticipating some sunny weekend weather, beer guru Chris Proctor’s choice of beer is the Buxton vs Omnipollo: Double Vanilla Ice Cream.
Chris said: “This is yum. Here’s me thinking the original version was captivating enough, but this 8% DIPA release takes it even further. Sweet flavours of vanilla ice cream and custard, with a rich, thick, creamy body and mouthfeel. Mild carbonation and very well balanced. If you’re a vanilla fan, you need to give this a try. Plenty in stock to go around!”
Also new at Westhill:
- The Bruery: Frucht Yumberry (Berliner Weisse)
- The Bruery: Sans Pagaie Kriek (Sour)
- The Bruery: Sour in the Rye (Sour)
- Cloudwater vs Forest & Main: Wind Suit (Extra Special Bitter)
- Cloudwater: DDH IPA Vic Secret (IPA)
- Fierce vs Amundsen: Orange Scream (Cream Ale)
- Fierce: Melba Scream (Cream Ale)
- Fierce: Imperial Cafe Racer (Imperial Porter)
- Beavertown vs De La Senne: Brattish (Belgian IPA)
- Buxton vs Omnipollo: Double Vanilla Ice Cream (DIPA)
- Buxton: Axe^X (IPA)
- Northern Monk vs Other vs Equilibrium: Infinity Vortex (IPA)
- Loka Polly: El Dorado Mosaic (IPA)
- Loka Polly: Citra Simcoe (IPA)
- Loka Polly: Chinook Ekuanot (Pale Ale)
- North Brewing vs Verdant: Triple Fruited (Gose)
- North Brewing vs Het Uiltje: TIPA (Triple IPA)
- North Brewing vs Left Handed Giant: Almond + Chocolate + Coffee (Stout)
- Wylam vs Track: Open (2) Persuasion (DIPA)
- Wylam vs Dry & Bitter vs North Brewing vs Track: In Every Dream Home A Heartbreak (IPA)
- Left Handed Giant: Sunset City Grid (APA)
- Belching Beaver: Deftones Phantom Bride (IPA)
- Left Coast: Orange County (IPA)
- Left Coast Galaxy Supernova (IPA)
- Hackney: Millions of Peaches (Sour)
- Hackney: Kapow! (APA)
- Hackney: Push Eject (IPA)
- Fuerst Wiacek: Exploding Rainbows (IPA)
- Ironfire: 51/50 Grapefruit (IPA)
- Stewart Brewing vs Electric Bear: Lab Technician (Session IPA)
JK Fine Foods
Pete Mackay, the beer expert at JK, is excited about an imminent arrival of BrewDog’s eight-way collaboration Eight-Bit, while also bigging up Tiny Rebel’s “seriously good and smashable” Dutty and Stay Puft.
However, he’s got a couple of choices for the weekend.
Pete said: “Fierce Beer’s latest release of Fuego Feroz (last brewed aaaaaaaages ago) is a habanero and lime pale ale. It’s not too spicy but has a nice zing to it, beautifully complemented by the citrus to make it rather refreshing.
“Speaking of refreshing I sank a Fierce Very Berry the other night as I wanted some tasty, refreshing juice and was it good! So that’s top of my recommend list this week, also BrewDog Elvis juice cant be ignored when things get warmer.”
Fountainhall Wines Stonehaven
Why stick to just one brewery for beer choice when you can have eight?
That’s the thinking behind Fountainhall manager Steve McQueen’s choice for this week.
He said: “I need to recommend Eight-Bit. Its an 8% collab from eight breweries that were at the Brewdog AGM this year. This New England IPA has had hops selected by Brewdog, Cloudwater, The Bruery, Deya, Magic Rock, Stillwater Artisanal, Seventh Son and Northern Monk. It pours a murky orange, sweet, juicy, packed with tropical fruits … just pure peachy deliciousness”
Also at Fountainhall this week:
- Electric Bear Brewing Co: Lab Technician
- Fierce : Melba Scream (Peach melba ice cream ale)
- Fierce: Orange Scream (Ice Cream Ale)
- Stewart Brewing Corpse: Reviver (Sour)
- Tiny Rebel: Frambuzi (Raspberry Sour Framboise)