The annual Scottish Real Ale Festival is taking place in Edinburgh right now so I spent yesterday afternoon there with a couple of friends. We used it as a wee “training session” for next month’s Great British Beer Festival—though I acknowledge that was just our flimsy excuse for drinking beer all afternoon.
In an effort to stay level-headed, I stuck with 1/3 pint taster measures. Over the course of the day, I had nine different brews so right around 3 pints. And that means that I had a clear head when I woke up this morning. (Something that never happens after a whisky festival!)
I’m not really a beer blogger, but I’ll go ahead and share my (short and sweet) tasting notes from the day with you anyhow. So, in order of appearance:
I am a fan of wheat beers (Hefeweizen) and really wanted to like this one more, but it was too fizzy for me. Had it not been for that, I’d have loved this and given it 4.5 stars. As it is, I gave it 3.5 stars on Untapped.
Swift APA (Deeside Brewery)
Just the right amount of bitter and a perfect blend of crispness. I enjoyed the hints of fruit in this one, though I was not as taken by it as I expected to be. 4 stars on Untapped.
Track n’ Field (Harviestoun Brewery)
An excellent, zingy, and peppery drink! It paired well with my burger and was a nice and refreshing brew. Another for my top three list from the day, earning 4 stars on Untapped.
And there you have it!
I also took the opportunity to finally sign up as an official member of CAMRA—the Campaign for Real Ale. It’s important to support such important social causes, you know!