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"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." - Benjamin Franklin 

The term "real ale" was coined by the Campiagn for Real Ale (CAMRA) in the early 1970's to help consumers differentiate between processed and traditional beers.

We have two real ale taps and regularly change what we have on tap so its always possible to try something different.  Check out the posts below to see what's on tap now.

Our house ale is currently Wells Bombardier.  This triple gold medal winning real ale combines peppery aromas with the perfect balance of malty richness, tangy hops and sultana fruit on the palate; with a long, soft, spicy finish.  ABV 4.1%

£3.00

If you would like to find out more about real ale we recommend that you visit the CAMRA web site:  www.camra.org.uk  There is a local branch of CAMRA:   www.dumfriescamra.org.uk






Guest Ales June '13

posted 29 Jun 2013, 10:52 by David Coulter   [ updated 29 Jun 2013, 10:56 ]

Caledonian All American
Caledonian All American 4.1%
Made entirely with hops grown in the United States. A golden beer stacked with interesting hop aromas and well-balanced, malty-bitter flavours.
Hops: Chinook, Willamette, Mount Hood
















Greene King's Bohemian 4.2%
The lightest malts give a pleasing golden colour, with a soft fruit aroma & smooth citrus taste

Caledonian Golden XPA & 80 Shillings

posted 5 Feb 2013, 07:35 by David Coulter

Out two cask ales for February are Caledonian Golden XPA * caledonian 80 Shillings.

Golden XPA has enticing floral aromas from Cascade hops. Hallertau Hersbrucker hops add more floral and soft fruit, Northdown hops develop aromas and light bitterness, all balanced by a malty moreish flavour and satisfying bitterness.  Wheat is added to ensure a silky smooth finish.

English style summer ales are light to golden in colour, with a medium bitterness that is balanced by residual malt biscuit-like sweetness. This style is really come to the fore in recent years within the booming category of Golden Ale.


Caledonian 80 is a beer with hidden depths. Brewed with three different varieties of hop and a multitude of malts, it is a drink to savour. Timeless and uncompromising 80/- is the essence of Scotland in a glass'

‘A predominantly malty, tawny beer with caramel and roast notes throughout. Smooth and rounded with a sweet taste that dries in the finish.’ The Good Beer Guide, CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale)

‘The russet-brown colour of autumn leaves. Robustly malty-fruity aroma, with suggestions of raspberry, smooth and creamy... very easily drinkable’ Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter

Inaugural CAMRA Champion Beer of Scotland 1996 and 1997, Caledonian 80/- picked up medals in the International Beer Competition 2003 and 2005.

Origins

Beer in Scotland was traditionally categorised in shillings, according to the amount of tax charged per hogshead – a giant barrel which contained 432 pints.

40/- ale was a very light beer often supplied to farmhands.50/- and 60/- beers were also reasonably light and mild.70/-, 80/- and 90/- were progressively stronger, export quality beers.

The shilling system continued to be used to indicate the beers' quality and was legally recognised in 1914.


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