Beers to help explain what craft beer is all about

Beers to help explain what craft beer is all about

courtesy of Craft Beer Rising

An expert selection of ten great craft beers from around Scotland and the UK that can be found at Craft Beer Rising

Beer commentator, judge, self-styled ‘sommALEier’ and occasional beer maker Melissa Cole picks out ten of the finer ales worth seeking out at Craft Beer Rising (or any other time, for that matter).

Williams Brothers Brewery Redact
Undoubtedly one of the founders of the craft beer movement in Scotland, Williams Brothers stay just as relevant as ever by producing beers like Redact, a whopping punch of piney, floral US hops over the drinkability of a Vienna lager. Lush.

Eden Mill Shipwreck IPA
Corporate beer guys who just got the heck out of Dodge City to go their own path (to St Andrews), that has to be applauded by anyone. Shipwreck will do exactly what it says if you don't mind it: worth a bit of loose sailing, mind you.

Stewart Brewing Hopricot
I have a lot of respect for Stewart Brewing, most especially the work it does with students from Heriot Watt University. This newish beer from them, Hopricot, is one of the nicest apricot beers I've tried: subtle, nuanced and just so damn drinkable.

Harviestoun Brewery Schiehallion
A beer I return to time and time again. It’s just as delicious and refreshing on a cooler Autumn day as it is in the height of summer. Brown sugar, nettles and lush tropical fruit, Harviestoun are putting happiness in a glass.

Inveralmond Thrappledouser
I think that even if this beer was rubbish I'd write about it*, I just like saying the name out loud as I do! Simply put it's a modern Scottish ale from Perthshire that will please traditionalists and newcomers alike.
*I wouldn't, but it isn't, so I'm safe!

Wooha Brewery Porter
Run by three women in the Highlands, I can't help but read the name with Busta Rhymes going off in my head but, my weird brain aside, in a very short time these ladies have produced some very worthwhile beers, the smooth but with a Camp coffee-like bite porter being my personal favourite.

Lerwick Brewery 60degrees lager
As the lover of a good pun the strapline of 'It's all a question of L'atitude' pleases me immensely, as does this fresh, clean lager from the Shetland Isles.

Big Hug White IPA
The guys who run Craft Beer Rising liked the event so much they thought they'd make the stuff too and Big Hug was born. Their first beer and still the best in my opinion is the wheat beer meets IPA-level hops, complex, elegant and angry momma bear-level on the dangerously drinkable scale.

Thornbridge Jaipur
One of the most awarded beers in the country, for a reason. Hailing from Derbyshire, it’s a classic IPA that will always stand the test of time.

Oakham Brewery Astaroth
As a lover of Oakham beers from Peterborough I am delighted that this one is just as good as the rest, a bit sci-fi nerd on the pump clip front but a riot of US and New Zealand hops that create an astronomically good beer.

Craft Beer Rising takes places at Drygate, Glasgow, on Fri 4 and Sat 5 Sep 2015.

Craft Beer Rising

Beer festivals have come a long way in the last few years. Among the most progressive is the Craft Beer Rising outfit, who are based in London but have been travelling up to Scotland for a couple of years.