'A raft of wierd and wonderful brews.' -- Caledonia Magazine, August 2001
'Beer lovers will likely find themselves longing for a freshly pulled pint as they pore through this book.' -- The List, August 23, 2001
'Scotland's ultimate good beer bible.' -- Daily Record, August 15, 2001
'The definitive guide to Scotland's second national drink.' -- Edinburgh Evening News, August 21, 2001
From the Publisher
Theres much more to Scottish beer than 80 shilling and pints of heavy, according to this guide to over 150 beers and lagers produced in breweries up and down the country, from the Borders to Shetlands northernmost isle. Scotland now boasts 31 operational breweries, producing a remarkable 150 beers and lagers. This real beer boom comes in a country which already has a formidable brewing heritage. New archaeological research, based on the discovery of a 30-gallon ceramic pot at Skara Brae, suggests that brewing may have taken place on Orkney as early as the Neolithic era (around 3100BC). In more recent times the great companies of McEwan, Tennant and Younger were established in Scotland, while myriad smaller brewers have added their expertise and individuality to the range of beers available. Scottish beer has come a long way since the Stone Age, or even since the early 1960s, when Tennents famous lager lovelies began to appear on the side of lager cans! Scottish drinkers can now choose from the traditional 60, 70, 80 and 90 shilling ales, try such highly esteemed beers as Broughtons Border Gold, Isle of Skye Red, Harviestoun Liberation and Deuchars I.P.A., or venture into such exotic brews as Fraoch Heather Ale, Nessies Monster Mash or Orkney Skull Splitter. Gavin Smith has divided The Scottish Beer Bible into two sections. The first traces the history of Scotlands brewing industry and describes the processes used to produce the traditional beers, lagers and ales. The second section is an A-to-Z guide to Scottish breweries, featuring history, location and contact details, and commenting on all of the beers that they produce.