Fraserburgh-based BrewDog’s controversial craft beer revolution rumbles ever onwards with the opening of its latest bar in Glasgow’s West End. Joining outlets in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, the new bar – modern and industrialesque – has a prime site with views of Kelvingrove Art Gallery through large branded windows. Their heady range of beers are offered on draught or bottled, from the relative calm of the 4.1% Trashy Blonde to Hardcore IPA at a more serious 9.2%, plus other craft beers from around the world.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
A visit to the original Glasgow branch of their exponentially expanding international pub chain (a second bar in the Merchant City opened in 2015) offers their unique mix of nerdy hopsterism, unashamedly noisy branding and, naturally, good strong brews. With a glass frontage panoramically framing Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, this is a pub with a view. Something of a guinea-pig for the BrewDog chain in that it has served food since opening in 2011, albeit from a limited menu of sharing platters, hot dogs and burgers – the beef variants infused with 5am Saint red ale – that are simple but very satisfying. BrewDog’s core beer range – Punk IPA and the matter-of-factually titled This Is Lager included – need no introduction. Special brews of note change subject to availability, and can range from the treacley Libertine black ale to the citrusy Elvis Juice IPA.
- High point: Do we really need to tell you?
- Low point: Food options limited
- Notable dish: American psycow burger
- Delivery: Deliveroo
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Rock, punk, Americana
- Live entertainment: Occasional live music
- Capacity: 66
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £16.50 per bottle