By Chris Hammond
With specialist beer bars now in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, there’s never been a better time to explore the world of malt and hop goodness. So why not start off your Freshers’ Adventure with a brilliant beer to suit you?
Beer for the Skint: Grafenwalder Premium Pils (ABV 4.9%)
Brewed specifically for LIDL, this German beer is a perfectly acceptable pale pilsner. In fact for the money it has more taste and quality than the vast amount of big name commercial brews you can find in the supermarkets. Fans also swear that it doesn’t give you a hangover.
Beer for the Lady: Samuel Smith Organic Cherry Fruit Beer (ABV 5.1%)
It’s a total misconception that girls can’t enjoy beer. The problem is often just trying to introduce them to a drink largely associated with men. Forget what the Foster’s adverts keep trying to tell you and take the plunge. Samuel Smith’s Organic Cherry is a Yorkshire brewed fruit beer which manages to combine the brilliance of good beer with the sharp sweet tang of summer fruits.
Beer for the Connoisseur: Victory Brewing Company HopDevil Ale (ABV 6.7%)
Big brash hoppy American beers are really on trend right now and this fruity, flavoursome offering is amongst the best on the market. Copper coloured and full bodied this is the sort of drink that hijacks your mouth and lets you know you’re drinking something seriously special.
Beer for the Hipster: Thornbridge Brewery Kill Your Darlings (ABV 5%)
There’s something extremely sexy about the beers that come out of Thornbridge. Easily the most seductive though is this unusual dark lager Kill Your Darlings. Styled after Austrian Vienna Lagers, this is a richer more engrossing drink than most of its blonde counterparts. Even if you can’t quite get your head round it, the unusual name and slick label could at least prove to be ice breakers at Freshers’ Week parties.
Beer for the Adventurous: Tempest Brewing Co Brave New World (ABV 7%)
Tempest are relatively new players on the Scottish beer scene. Based in Kelso their beers are already gaining a cult following way beyond the borders. Perhaps their best beer to date is the potent special Brave New World. A mega hopped Indian Pale Ale this spicy bitter brew proves once and for all that there’s more to modern Scottish brewing than Aberdeenshire upstarts BrewDog.