The Silver Tankard


A taste of Scotland’s best
04/12/2010, 1:25 am
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The Silver Tankard broke new ground tonight with its first live-blog: a bouquet of beer-tasting notes, banter and bollocks.

Our special guest taster was Duncan Grigg, naval architecture’s answer to James May and possible reincarnation of Buddy Holly.

A fine selection of Scottish ales

We sampled seven beers from the green hills of Scotland: Broughton’s Oatmeal Stout (4.2% ABV) and Ghillie (4.5% ABV), Belhaven’s Robert Burns (4.2% ABV), Williams Bros’ Kelpie Seaweed Ale (4.4% ABV) and Joker IPA (5% ABV), Orkney’s Dark Island (4.6% ABV), and Inveralmond’s Santa’s Swallie (4.3% ABV) – a malty medley of ales ranging from hoppy pale ales to chocolatey stouts.

Open the Coveritlive link below for a swig-by-swig account of the proceedings.

The eventual winner was Orkney’s Dark Island, a velvety dark ale with succulent notes of chocolate and coffee; closely followed by Williams Bros’ Joker IPA, a playful number with a fruity character.

Beers were procured at Rehills of Jesmond – a veritable Aladdin’s cave of ale in Jesmond’s Cradlewell in Newcastle. And there’s plenty more material where these came from.

If you have any personal favourites from the bonny land, please indulge us in the comments below…

Scottish Ale Tasting / Silver Tankard