Tryst

Beer

Tryst are a brewery based in Larbert, just outside of Falkirk in the Forth Valley, Central Scotland.

The Tryst (meaning a meeting place) is an area just north of Falkirk where cattle were herded down from north of the central belt before being taken to market.
As this was the area where the brewery was based the brewers named the company the Tryst Brewery

After a number of years home brewing, experience with the Craft Brewers Association and a spell with a local micro brewery the brewers felt ready to start the company. In 2003 Tryst began to brew and now have a range of ten beers.

Of the ten beer line up I have gotten three beers, Brockville Pale, Carronade IPA & Brockville Dark

The first of the beers I tried was the Brockville Pale.

 
 
The look of this beer is a cloudy golden colour with a lingering white head.
 
The nose is fruity almost like apple with some citrus from the hops which is very pleasant and not what I expected from this beer.
 
The taste is of light malts some light citrus with almost a kind of dusty feel to it which I find a bit strange.
 
The finish is drying and slightly thin.
 
Overall not a bad golden ale but no world beater.
 
The next beer I tried was the Carronade IPA.
 
 
A hazy amber colour with a white soapy head.
 
The nose is clementin, lime and elderflower. The hops used are from Washington state in the USA. The varieties used I think are cascade and maybe columus. A fantastic fruity nose on this beer.
 
The taste is particularly light on this beer and almost floral. The after taste is slight citrus and tropical fruit with some sweeter malt.
 
The after taste is light fruit and drying.
 
A really enjoyable and simple American style IPA.
 
The last beer I tried was the Brockville Dark.
 
 
The beer is a dark ruby colour with an almost beige head.
 
The nose is roasted malt with a sweet almost salt caramel smell to it. The background smell has dark fruits almost like dates or figs.
 
The taste is roasted malt with toffee and also some fudge in there. There is also some dark chocolate and some coffee also.
 
The mouth feel is full and almost creamy. The finish is dry.
 
I really enjoyed this beer.
 

This brewery is producing some fantastic beer in Central Scotland.

 
I can’t wait to try some more of their beers.
 
Cheers!


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 




Camden Town Brewery

Beer

A brewery I’ve heard a lot about but not managed to try any of their beers.



Based 5 miles to the north of the river Thames, The Camden Town Brewery began brewing in early 2010. The brewery was constructed by converting seven old Victorian arches. The brewers developed their ideas and began to sell beer in London from September 2010.

Along with the brewery there is also a bar on the Wilkins Street Mews site.

The brewery have four year round brews which are always available, their Hells Lager, Pale ale, Wheat, and Ink which is their stout.

Of their four available brews I’ve managed to get a hold of two, the Hells Lager and the Pale ale.

The first of the beers I tried was the Hells Lager.

 
 
This beer is made with Pilsner malt along with Perle and Hallertauer Tradition hops.
 
The beer is a pale golden colour with a white head.

The nose has a slight tinge of yeast along with some of the hops and a hint of grass.

The taste is very light again almost grass. It’s very refreshing but not as bitter as I would like

The after taste is of bakers yeast and some hops but the beer has no real presence and is  disappointing

 
 
 
The second of the beers I tried was the Pale ale.
 
The malts used were Pale Ale, Cara, Munich and Wheat. The hops used in this beer are Cascade, Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe, Calypso and Citra.
 
This beer has a golden amber colour with a soapy head.
 
The nose is citrus fruits namely orange and grapefruit. It also has some red fruits and some herb bitterness.

The beer has a citrus taste namely red grapefruit and some lemon. It has a background herbal bitterness which has a drying sensation on the tongue.

The aftertaste is lingering bitterness with some citrus quality which is very refreshing but at the same time slightly drying.

 
The beers that this brewery are producing still require a little refining but for a young brewery are impressive.
 
Cheers!



The Stonehaven Beer Festival

Beer

This festival doesn’t start for anther 10 days but I’m particularly excited so I’m going to write about it anyway!

 

With over 80 beers in total from Scotland and Belgium, the festival runs from Thursday the 1st of November until Saturday the 3rd. The festival will be based in Stonehaven Town hall around 15 minutes drive south of Aberdeen.

There are a number of beers which I am looking forward to trying from breweries such as Cromarty, Black Isle, Fallen, Tempest, Tryst and many others!

While you enjoy the beer there will also be some musical entertainment from bands based all over the north east!

It should be an interesting weekend full of some fantastic beer.

Cheers!

The beer list for the festival is as follows maybe with some minor changes.

BREWERY
BEER
ABV
STYLE
Broughton Ales
Autumn Ale
3.5
Red
Cask
Scottish Borders
Foxy Blond
3.8
Blond
Cask
Sulwath Brewers
Black Galloway
4.4
Porter
Cask
Tempest Brewing
Re-Wired Craft Lager
4.4
Pils
Cask
Traquair House
Bear Ale
5.0
OldAle
Cask
Barney’s Beer
Good Ordinary Pale Ale
3.8
Pale
Cask
Devon Ales
Devon Pride
4.8
90
Cask
Fallen Brewing
Grape Vine
5.4
Pale
Cask
Harviestoun
Wild Hop IPA
4.2
IPA
Cask
Inveralmond
Pundie
5.0
Strong
Cask
Kinneil Brew Hoose
Pennvael Amber
4.0
Amber
Cask
Loch Leven
Golden Goose
3.7
Blond
Cask
Luckie Ales
Not Brewed Often
5.0
Brown
Cask
Moulin
Braveheart
4.2
Bitter
Cask
Strathbraan
Head East
4.2
Pale
Cask
Tinpot
Thai Pot
4.4
Spiced
Cask
TSA
Blond
4.2
Blond
Cask
Tryst
RAJ IPA
5.5
IPA
Cask
Williams
Fraoch
5.0
Speciality
Cask
Alechemy
Cairnpapple IPA
4.1
IPA
Cask
Angus Ales
Gowfer’s Gold
3.8
Golden
Cask
Belhaven
Belhaven Black
4.2
Stout
Cask
Brewmiester
Pale Ale
4.0
Pale
Cask
Burnside
Wild Rhino
4.5
Golden
Cask
Caledonian
Devils Advocate
4.2
Dunkel
Cask
Deeside
Abhainn
4.1
Pale
Cask
DemonBrew
Firehead
3.9
Pale Ale
Cask
Eden
St Andrews Blond
3.7
Blond
Cask
Mor
Morish
4.2
Amber
Cask
Stewart
Pumkin Ale
4.3
Speciality
Cask
Thistly Cross
Traditional
4.4
Cider
Cask
An Teallach Ale
Crofters Pale Ale
4.2
Pale
Cask
Cairngorm Brewery
Black Gold
4.4
Stout
Cask
Cromarty Brewing
Hit the Lip
3.8
Pale
Cask
Glenfinnan
The Standard Ale
4.0
Bitter
Cask
Loch Ness
Hoppy Ness
4.0
Golden
Cask
Old Inn Brewery
Erradale
4.2
IPA
Cask
River Leven Ales
River Leven Blond
4.0
Blond
Cask
Speyside Craft Brewery
Moray IPA
5.5
IPA
Cask
Cuillin Brewery
Eagle Ale
3.8
Golden
Cask
Festival Ale
Highland Surprise
3.6
Session
Cask
Hebridean Brewery
Seafourth
4.2
Golden
Cask
Highland Brewing
Dark Munro
4.0
Mild
Cask
Highland Brewing
Orkney Blast
6.0
Strong
Cask
Highland Brewing
Orkney IPA
4.8
IPA
Cask
Highland Brewing
Scapa Special
4.2
Pale
Cask
Islay Ales
Black Rock
4.2
Bitter
Cask
Isle of Arran Brewery
Brewery Dug
5.5
IPA
Cask
Isle of Skye Brewing
Hebridean Gold
4.3
Golden
Cask
Old Worthy Brewing
Scottish Pale Ale
5.0
Pale
Cask
Orkney Brewery
Dark Island
4.6
Stout
Cask
Valhalla Brewery
Simmer Dim
4.0
Bitter
Cask
Ayr Brewing
Towzie Tyke Premium
4.6
Amber
Cask
Clockwork Beer
Red Alt
4.4
Alt
Cask
Fyne Ales
Piper’s Gold
3.8
Golden
Cask
Houston Brewing
Peters Well
4.2
Blond
Cask
Kelburn Brewing
Pivo Estivo
3.9
Pils
Cask
Loch Lomond
Lochtoberfest
4.8
Blond
Cask
Oban Bay Brewery
Skelpt Lug
4.2
Dark
Cask
Plockton Brewery
Starboard
5.1
Amber
Cask
Strathaven Ales
500
7.0
Amber
Cask
Wellpark
Dry Hop Primed T
4.1
Pils
Cask
De Ranke
XX Bitter
6.2
Speciality
Craft Keg
Lefebvre
Blanche De Bruxelles
4.5
Wheat
Craft Keg
Lefebvre
Moeder Overtjise
8.0
Triple
Craft Keg
Lindemans Cassis
Cassis
3.5
Fruit
Craft Keg
Moortgat
Maerdesous Brune
8.0
Dubbel
Craft Keg
Van Eecke
Hommelbier
7.5
Speciality
Craft Keg
Black Isle
Organic Blond
4.5
Pils
Craft Keg
BrewDog
Libertine Ale 7.0 Black
Craft Keg
Innis & Gunn
Original
6.6
Oak Aged
Craft Keg
West
St Mungo
4.9
Pils
Craft Keg
De Ryck
Arend Dubbel
6.5
Dubbel
Bottle
Rodenbach
Ordinier
5.2
Flemish Red
Bottle
De Ryck
Arend Blond
6.5
Blond
Bottle
Het Anker
Goulden Carolous Classic
8.5
Speciality
Bottle
Silly
Saison
5.0
Saison
Bottle
Slaghmuylder
Witkap Stimulo
6.0
Speciality
Bottle
Abbeye De Rocs
Blond
7.0
Blond
Bottle
Brunehaut
Blond
6.5
Blond
Bottle
De Proef
Reinaert
9.0
Triple
Bottle
De Ryck
Arend Triple
8.0
Triple
Bottle
Van Eecke
Kapittel Prior
9.0
Speciality
Bottle
Lefebvre
1900
5.2
Saison
Bottle
De Dolle
Arabier
8.0
Speciality
Bottle
Slaapmutske
Blonde
6.4
Blond
Bottle
Alken-Maes
Watneys Scotch
8.0
Scotch Ale
Bottle
Silly
Scotch
8.0
Scotch Ale
Bottle
Deca
Vlateren
8.0
Dubbel
Bottle
Slaapmutske
Dry Hop
5.3
Speciality
Bottle
La Binchoise
Bioloo
6.4
Blond
Bottle
Van Honsebrouck
Kasteel Blond
7.0
Blond
Bottle

New brewery for Knops

Beer

The Knops brewing company have announced that they are to move into a new brewery!

Knops are going to be based in the Archerfield Estates, situated between the towns of Gullane and Dirleton in East Lothian.

The restoration of the historic walled garden where the brewery will be situated has begun. As well as returning the garden to it’s former glory, the building of a complex comprised of a bar / restaurant, farm shop and microbrewery will begin.

Knops Beer Company will lease this new microbrewery from the Estate.

Knops Beer Company will retain control of all beer production.

The new brewery will continue to produce the core Knops range for bottle and draught, and will allow for release of new, seasonal and one-off beers in the future.

Knops Beer Company will also produce beer for the estate, under the label ‘Archerfield Fine Ales’. With the new brewery, Knops Beer Company aims to up it’s production levels and deliver to cover most of Scotland and parts of northern England.

Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone – Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout

Beer

Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone – Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout.

 

Ken Schmidt was the winner of the 2012 AHA Home brew Rally. Having done so for the second time winning it first in 2009 with “Aloha Plenty,” which was a Coffee, Macadamia and Coconut porter.

The prize for winning this competition is to see your brew made on a large scale and distributed across America.

In 2012, and Ken returned with another winning brew named “Pillow Mint at the Ritz.” After scooping the prize, Ken worked with brew master Mitch Steele to select Brandon Sieminski of nearby Iron Fist Brewing as their third partner. He assisted in scaling up this brew for the 120bbl system.

In order to recreate this beer the usual ingredients of  barley, East Kent Goldings (hops), water, and yeast were to be supplemented with chocolate and mint. The cacao was sourced from Southern California based chocolatier ChocoVivo. The owner stone-grinds the beans that she sources from an organic farm in Tabasco, Mexico. The mint in this brew was a mix of peppermint and chocolate mint grown on Stone Farms was used and is located just nine miles away from the Stone brewery.

 


Pours like syrup, dark brown to almost black in colour with a tan head.

The nose is roasted malts, dark Belgian chocolate, coffee and some freshness from the mint. There is no hint of the 9.6% ABV!

The taste is dark chocolate, mint, some coffee and roasted malts. This is an incredibly well made beer the flavours of mint and chocolate are very defined which to be honest I didn’t expect! It reminds me of an After eight or a Junior mint. There is a slight hint of the 9.6% ABV as the beer is slightly warming.

The aftertaste is of chocolate and an almost freshening sensation from the mint.

An amazing beer that I hope to try again!

Cheers!

 


Ola Dubh

Beer

Harviestoun’s Old engine oil stout, with a stylistic nod to the classic Imperial Porters (and Stouts) of the nineteenth century aged in 16 year old Highland Park casks.

The initial release will be of small batches aged in casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Old, Highland Park 16 Year Old and Highland Park 30 Year Old.

Further variants are planned for the future.

 
 
A dark almost black in colour with a thin tan head.
 
The nose is slight whisky, roasted malt and chocolate.
 
Tastes of peated malt, light whisky, coffee and vanilla.
 
The mouth feel is thick and oily. The beer has a smokey, almost syrup like finish.
 
This beer is special!
 
84/100!
 
Cheers!
 
 

 
 


Thornbridge

Beer

I’ve only managed to get my hands on one Thornbridge beer prior to this and now like London busses three have come along at once!

Thornbridge are based in Bakewell, Derbyshire and have been producing beer since early 2005 after the establishment of a 10 barrel brewery in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall.

Their ambition was to create a range of cask beers with a modern twist using a wide range of hops and malt.

In 2009 a new 30 barrel facility was built in Bakewell to meet with demand and increase the product range.

Thornbridge now operates from two brewery sites. The brewery based in Thornbridge Hall uses a traditional infusion mash ale system whereas the contemporary Riverside brewery highlights this brewery’s ability to innovate through technology.

 


I’ve managed to get a hold of 3 beers from this brewery. Wild Swan, Kill Your Darlings & St Petersburg.

The first one I opened was Wild Swan.



Wild swan is a pale golden colour with a soapy white head.

The nose is citrus and herb and packs a huge punch for a lower ABV beer.

The taste has a really malty feel to it along with some of the lemon and herb bitterness and it’s hugely refreshing!

The mouth feel is strong carbonation and with the bitterness almost prickling the back of the tongue.

At 3.5% this is a very sessionable pale ale!

A tasty and well constructed beer!

78/100 
 
 
The next beer I tried was the fantastically named and aesthetically pleasing Kill Your Darlings.
 

 
This is a really good looking beer with a deep amber colour and a thick white head which dissipates quickly.
 
The nose is toffee and malt along with the Amarillo hops which are used in this beer. This puts a slightly west coast (fruity) spin on the aroma but it blends in with the malt nicely.
 
The taste is of biscuity malt, caramel and some tropical fruit which is very confusing but to me very pleasant!
The mouth feel is slightly drying and makes you want to drink more of this beer!
I’m huge fan of this slightly off centre style of lager!
 
80/100
 
 
The last beer I have to open is the Imperial Russian stout St Petersburg.
 
 

 
Pouring almost black with a tan coloured head.
 
This beer smells roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. It also has a slight nutty tinge too.
 
The taste is hazelnut, coffee and chocolate. This beer also has a touch of warmth from the 7.4% ABV.
 
The mouth feel is thick and oily.
 
I’d rate this around.

75/100.

 
Cheers!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Innis & Gunn Winter Treacle Porter

Beer

Based in Edinburgh and founded in 2003, when a famous whisky distiller wanted to produce a whisky finished beer.

A number of breweries and distillers had tried to make a beer with a whisky finish but none had managed to do so successfully. They created a unique ale to impart a smooth, beery character to the oak barrels.

Innis & Gunn Winter Treacle Porter is one of the best presented beers I’ve seen from this brewery.

This beer comes in the usual style of bottle produced by Innis and Gunn but comes in a rather attractive winter themed box.

This particular beer has been aged in oak barrels for 39 days prior to it’s release.
 
On the nose this beer has banana, dates and dark fruits along with some of the treacle used in the brewing process.
 
The taste of this beer is quite alcoholic. I get some carbonation and a little bitterness but not much else sadly. This beer is described as a porter but is closer to a dark ale.
 
The mouth feel is thick and the beer is so sweet that I can feel the sugar on my teeth.
 
In an ideal world this beer should be left to age for at least another six months.
 

This beer for me isn’t one that gains a lot from the barrel ageing process sadly and isn’t one of my favourites.


I’d rate this
68/100.
 
Cheers!


Anderson valley brewing company

Beer

The Anderson valley brewing company are based in Boonville California. Founded in 1987, the Anderson Valley Brewing Company brewed out of a 10-barrel brewhouse, located in its brewpub, The Buckhorn Saloon.

When the demand for their award winning ales exceeded the capacity of  the 10-barrel brewery below the pub, a 30-barrel facility was built a mile from the centre of Boonville.

In 1998, construction began on a state-of-the-art, three-story Bavarian-style brewhouse. The centrepiece of the brewhouse are gleaming 100- and 85- barrel copper brew kettles rescued by the owners from a defunct German brewery during a trip to Europe in 1995. The new brewhouse went on line in August of 2000.

In April of 2010 the brewery was sold to industry veteran Trey White. In September of that year Fal Allen (former general manager 2000 – 2004, no relation to Ken) returned to the brewery as brewmaster.

White has focused on innovation and quality, introducing the Bahl Hornin’ Series, expanding the barrel aged program, and increasing brewing capacity.

 
 
I’ve managed to try three beers by this brewery. I started with Boont, Anderson valley’s amber ale.
 
 
 
 
Similar to real cask-conditioned ale (for a bottled beer).
 
The nose is light citrus and slightly floral.
 
The taste is very well balanced with mild citrus, a mild herb bitterness along with a slight grassy taste.
 
A very smooth finish with a slightly oily mouth feel.
 
 
A really nice amber ale.
 
78/100.
 

The second beer I tried was the Anniversary Imperial IPA.

 
 
 



The Imperial IPA was first created in honor of the brewery’s 20th anniversary.
 
On the nose, grapefruit, mango, passion fruit and some west coast hops.
 
Loads of citrus and floral hops along with some of the malt sweetness in the taste. I also get a tinge of copper in this beer.
 
A thick mouth feel which compliments this style of beer very well.
 
I really enjoyed this IIPA.
 
82/100
 
 
The last beer I tried was Brother David’s Triple Abbey Style Ale.
 
 
 
 
This was probably my favourite of the three beers.
 

The nose reminded me of a Belgian wit beer. It has lots of fruit and cloves with some yeast in the background.

 
The taste was of dark fruits, bread and some spice and sweetness from the hops.
 
The mouthfeel is suprisingly light with no real hint of the 10% abv.
 
84/100.
 
 
Cheers!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dog Fight

Beer

A completely new beer to me, Dogfight is a collaboration between Brewdog and Flying dog who are based in Maryland USA.

This beer was released at the second birthday of Brewdog Aberdeen.

This beer is a Rye IPA to style and is something I imagine was worked on during the “International arms race“.

 

This is a rye IPA and keeping to style has a light amber colour with a white head.

The nose is tropical fruit, Mango, Grapefruit followed by rye bread.

The taste is grapefruit, passion fruit and orange. This is followed by a drying quality from the rye.

The mouth feel is thick and drying.

This is a beer I hope Brewdog will be bottling as I think it will age well which is unusual for a beer of this style.

As with all of the upcoming Brewdog beers this is excellent.

I’d rate this at 80/100.