Scotland – natural home of tasty lager?

We picked up three great Scot­tish lagers last week from Uto­beer. We were with friends, so we were pre­tend­ing not to be sad and did­n’t take any notes, which means we can’t give you much in the way of detailed descrip­tions. Nonethe­less, they’re all rec­om­mend­ed.

First we tried Lat­i­tude Pil­sner, from the Atlas Brew­ery. We thought this was fruity and sher­be­ty, and packed a good amount of flavour in for 3.9%. We won­der what the cask ver­son is like?

Next up was Hop Rock­er from Brew­Dog. This is the first time we’ve had any­thing from Brew­Dog, but it cer­tain­ly won’t be the last. This remind­ed us quite a lot of Brook­lyn lager, although maybe not as intense – a good mix­ture of sweet­ness and bit­ter, nice bal­anced car­bon­a­tion. The Beer Nut has recent­ly reviewed it, here.

Final­ly, an old favourite – Harviestoun’s Schiehal­lion. We’ve always liked this one for its full flavour and won­der­ful­ly dry, per­fumy fin­ish.

Per­haps Scot­land is the nat­ur­al place for pro­duc­ing qual­i­ty UK lagers? It’s a bit cool­er than Eng­land (not that we’re roast­ing here at the moment!) and there­fore well suit­ed to lager­ing, and the water’s prob­a­bly a bit bet­ter for it too.


PS – we note that Brew Dog are “in trou­ble” again – after being picked on by the Port­man group for aggres­sive labelling, they’re now being attacked in the press for launch­ing Tokyo, pos­si­bly Britain’s strongest beer at 12%. You can read their side of the sto­ry on their blog, here. Are they unlucky, or just shrewd at mar­ket­ing?

We drank them at a bring-your-own Ethiopi­an restau­rant in Shep­herd’s Bush. Blimey, that’s some fill­ing food. We’re still stuffed now.