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Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Event: Scottish Craft Beer Tasting Oct 17/14

The Date and Time: Friday, October 17, 2014  2Pm to 4PM
The Event: Scottish Craft Beer Tasting
The Venue: The Caledonian Scottish Public House and Whisky Bar, College Street
The Target Audience: social media and writers.
The Availability/Catalogue: nothing seems to be available right now in Ontario, but pitches are being made.
The Quote/Background: I write about wines but I also love beer, and this was a good opportunity to catch up with the latest developments in barley in Scotland.
The Beers: There were two remarkable ciders – Thistly Cross Traditional Cider 6.2% and Thistly Cross Whisky Cask Cider 6.9% - both worthy of 4 stars.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Eden Brewery St. Andrews IPA 6.2%
-Stewart Brewing Ka Pai IPA 5.2%
-Stewart Brewing Radical Road Triple Hopped IPA 6.4%
-Loch Lomond Kessay Dark Ale 5.2%
-Spey Valley Stout 5.4%
-Spey Valley IPA 4.6%
-Loch Ness Coffee 4.4%
-Loch Ness Hoppy IPA 5%
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Eden Brewery St. Andrews Clock Brew 4.3%
-Stewart Brewing Edinburgh Gold 4.8%
-Stewart Brewing Black IPA 5%
-Deeside Talorcan Milk Stout 4.5%
-Loch Lomond Bonnie 'n' Blonde 4%
-Loch Lomond Bonnie's Bitter 3.8%
-Loch Lomond Summit 4%
-Loch Lomond Ale of Levin 4.5%
-Loch Lomond Stout 5%
-Fyne Ales Land Slide Brown 6%
-Fyne Ales Sandria Black 5.5%
-Fyne Ales Sandria Blind 5.5%
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Eden Brewery St. Andrews 19th Brew 3.8%
-Stewart Brewing Cascadian East 5.4%
-Deeside Swift 3.8%
-Deeside Laf Californian Steam Beer 4.1%
-Loch Ness Light Ness 3.9%
-Loch Ness Dark Ness 4.2%
-Fyne Ales Jarl 3.8%
The Food: Scottish eggs and dips, smoked salmon (best with dark ale), potato salad, sausages in blanket plus dip.
The Downside: it got crowded very quickly, the aisles were narrow, and it was dark.
The Upside: a chance to taste some great Scottish beer.
The Contact Person:;
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 86.


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