Beer with Burns


For our 2016 Burns Night celebrations, we were inspired by the boom in Scottish craft brewing and worked with some of our favourite beers to create some suitably Scottish cocktails fit for a "bardie's gratefu' thanks".

"Let other poets raise a fracas, 'Bout vines, an' wines, an' drucken Bacchus, An' crabbit names an'stories wrack us, An' grate our lug: I sing the juice Scotch bear can mak us, In glass or jug." - Robert Burns, Scotch Drink, 1785

Scottish mythology tells us that Robert Burns, the country's best-loved poet, was a hard-drinking womaniser, and given the lines he penned in praise of Scotch whisky, and the fact that he (allegedly) died of rheumatic fever after falling asleep (drunk) at the side of the road aged just 37, we have no reason to doubt this.

However, even if the bard was fond of the odd night off the rails or two, there are many today that would tell you that a fine single malt should never be 'wasted' on a cocktail. Doubtless, there are many more that would say the same about a fine Scottish ale. However, over here, we believe that a quality whisky and a perfectly paired beer can go together like a country lassie and mawn hay.

Sláinte mhath!

Bobby's Boilermaker

25ml blended scotch whisky
10ml sweet vermouth
3ml Benedictine
1 dash Angostura bitters
Pint of Scottish lager or IPA of your choice

Combine first four ingredients in a freezer-safe container and freeze until ready to serve. Serve super chilled in a shot glass alongside (or in) a pint of Scottish lager or IPA.

Weissen Sour

60ml blended scotch whisky
25ml fresh lemon juice
7ml sugar syrup (1:1)
1 teaspoon Dundee marmalade
2 dashes Angostura bitters
60ml Williams Brothers' Grozet

Shake first five ingredients with cubed ice. Strain into a chilled rocks glass over fresh ice and top with the Grozet.

The Beer's Knees

45ml gin
30ml fresh lemon juice
30ml honey syrup (1:1)
90ml WEST Hefeweizen

Shake first three ingredients with cubed ice. Strain into a chilled rocks glass over fresh ice and top with the Hefeweizen.

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