Brew 1000 Wee Heavy Scotch Ale – Big Ridge Brewing


Big Ridge Brewing in Surrey did their 1000th brew on December 9th 2016.  To celebrate the event they brought together all of their former brewers to do this brew right with current head brewer Ashley Brooks.

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Starting from back left working around front to right back Dave Callendar (Current Assistant Brewer), Dave Varga (Head Brewer 33 Acres), Nick Bolton, Ashley Brooks (Current Head Brewer), Tariq khan (Head Distiller Yaletown Distilling), Tony Dewald (Head Brewer Trading Post Brewing)

The beer they made was called the “Brew 1000 Wee Heavy Scotch Ale” and was released February 3rd 2017.  The beer poured a chestnut brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of sweet caramel malts, mild roasted malts, earth and some fruit.  The flavour is of sweet caramel, roasted malts, fruity, maybe a hint of peat with some mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.6% with an IBU of 26.  I’m not surprised with all of this brewing talent that this was a great beer.  Try to make you way out to the brew pub in Surrey or watch their social media to see where the odd keg may end up.

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Brave Liver Scotch Ale – Mt. Begbie Brewing Company


From Mt. Begbie Brewing Company in Revelstoke BC comes their “Brave Liver Scotch Ale” a beer that has only been bottled for the first time this year.  The beer pours a dark brown colour with red hues and an off white head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, caramel, hint of fruit and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of earth, caramel, dark fruits, a hint of peat.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 22.  This is not a style I know all that well but I did quite enjoy this bottle.

Commercial Description:  This smooth Scotch Ale is a full bodied strong Ale also known as a “Wee Heavy”. Scottish Pale Ale malts are artfully crafted to impart hints of oak, scotch and caramel.
Best served in a Thistle glass at 10-13c.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Best served with roasted beef, lamb, game, smoked salmon, aged cheeses, toffee pudding or chocolate desserts.

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