I am not a big beer drinker, but I am willing to try almost anything once – as long as I do not have to finish the glass. So some years ago we picked up an taster sampler grandiosely titled “Historic Ales from Scotland”, and almost half of them were extremely drinkable.
And ever since I have been dragging around this little pamphlet describing these beers, and with a url for the producer. And I am not going to keep it any longer. Unfortunately I have never seen the beers available again, locally. <sigh> The Heather Ale, especially, was wonderful.
Just in case, though, here are the beers described, and links to the current brand owner’s descriptions:
- Grozet (“is auld Scots for ‘gooseberry'”)
- Alba (“is Gaelic for ‘Scotland'”)
- Fraoch (“pron: Fru-och. is Gaelic for ‘Heather'”)
- Ebulum (Elderberry Black Ale)
- Kelpie (Seaweed Ale)
The company used to be Heather Ale Ltd., but the brands are currently operated by Williams Bros. Brewing Co. Oh, and by the way, there really is a poem by Robert Louis Stephenson entitled “Heather Ale: A Galloway Legend“, but the play advertised above is a tease.