International Beer Day: Recommended Scottish Beers

August 7, 2015



We have put together some Scottish beers we think will go down a treat this International Beer Day, for you to enjoy not just today but any day! 


Tempest Brewing Co.

Unforgiven Red Rye


Smokey Red

5.4% ABV


Flavour: Malty, Spicey, Smokey, Smooth


This beer is characterized by the definitive Rye and the huge smoked taste from the beech smoked barley. This beer is only 25 IBU, so if you are not a fan of bitter beers then this is the beer for you.

From their big brewery in Galashiels in the Borders, they have a history of making some outstanding beers, being tipped as one of the hottest breweries to watch in 2015.

The taste of this beer is surprising to those who are not used to smokey beers. The flavour is complex and dominant with smokiness but in addition, you can taste spice and fruits alongside it. The smokiness is complimented by a subtle hint of something sweet, we are not sure what but it is there, lingering in the background. 


Deeside Brewery

Craft Lager


4.1% ABV



Deeside Brewery are an independent brewery based in Royal Deeside. Their mantra is to create outstanding, premium craft beers with a twist.

Deeside’s Craft Lager is poured light amber with a thin head, on the palate you get a sweet malty beer with honey-like flavours dominating.


Alechemy Brewery

Ritual Pale Ale


4.1% ABV


Flavour: Floral, Citrus


Alechemy Brewery was built in 2012 by BrewFab Ltd, based in Fraserburgh (Scotland). Their head brewer, James Davies, has always had a passion for brewing which stems back to 1995 whilst attending University in Edinburgh. After achieving his masters degree in chemistry and 3 additional years studying for his PhD in microbiology he went to work in the pharmaceutical industry.

James was an avid home brewer whilst studying, upgrading from home brew kits to full mash brewing. In 2011, James decided to return to Scotland and his home town of Mid Calder in Livingston to start up Alechemy Brewery.

Ritual Pale Ale used to be named “Cairnapple” before being renamed “Ritual”. This beer is very well balanced, light and refreshing IPA.

On the palate, you first get a floral aroma but eventually leads to a lingering citrus taste.


Williams Bros. Brewing Co.

Redact Red Lager


4.4% ABV



As the name suggests, Williams Bros. was started by two brothers in Scotland, Bruce and Scot Williams. The micro-brewery is now the last standing brewery in Alloa, supplying beers all over the world.

Redact is a red lager made with red malts to give it its red colour. Each mouthful is crisp and delicate, with notes of toffee and molasses. The aromatics are produced by the Citra and Calypso hops, introduced during the long conditioning period.


Fallen Brewing

Chew Chew


6% ABV


Flavours: Salted Caramel Milk Stout


The dark Chew Chew has a smooth light brown creamy head. The taste is smooth and seductively sweet with hints of salted caramel from hebridean sea salt with a mixture of chocolate and malt.

To finish you get a slightly bitter taste, but not so bitter as it is only 35 IBU, with lingering salty caramel. The whole beer is almost like a salty milkshake.

A sweet, chewy trouble maker, brewed with dark Belgian candi syrup, lactose and Hebridean sea salt. Try it alongside a nip of your favourite lightly peated whisky.

Inveralmond Brewery

Lia Fail


4.7% ABV



Inveralmond Brewery ‘Lia Fail’ is Gaelic for ‘Stone of Destiny’, which for centuries was the coronation stone of the Kings of Scots.

This beer is dark and robust, with well-balanced sweetness, malt and chocolate tones. The full bodied flavour comes from the three different types of hops used; Challenger, Fuggles and Cascade, producing a rich and spicy aroma.


 There you have it, our 6 recommended Scottish beers to try not just on International Beer Day, but any day. Contact us over @foodanddrinkhub to let us know what you thought of our post and which beers you enjoy.  

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