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The Moulin, Pitlochry
The Moulin ,
PH16 5EW
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01796 472196

A couple of years ago Bite reported on the culinary delights to be found in Perthshire, touching briefly on the Moulin Inn and its adjoining brewery. As it happens, the wife and I  are well acquainted with the Moulin, popping in for their well-priced pub grub three or four times a year. Despite being surrounded by gob-smackingly beautiful scenery and only a gentle stroll from the centre of Pitlochry, the reason we keep coming back is that it serves the best beer for miles around, all brewed on site in what is one of the smallest commercial breweries in Scotland.

They brew in a variety of styles. The whole range is worth a look, but be sure to get yourself a pint of their flagship beer, the Ale of Atholl. In many ways this is the least interesting, being a slightly beefier take on the classic 80/-, but it is very, very good and just the thing to take the edge off the Scottish winter.


The pint has a deep ruby/caramel colour and a mild, creamy head. It has a complex, malty palate of spiced raisin and fig, balanced by drier notes of toasted grain. The finish is dry and refreshingly light, making it dangerously easy to get a second pint in before your lunch arrives. Its relatively modest strength (4.5% a.b.v.) means it's an excellent session beer.


Unfortunately, the Moulin is a microbrewery in the truest sense and simply doesn't brew enough beer to make it generally available. Bottles of Ale of Atholl are for sale at the brewery and a handful of outlets in and around Pitlochry. You can contact them on 01796 472196, or just get a mate to drive you up there at the weekend.


James Wrobel is the proprietor of Cornelius Beer & Wine and can be contacted on 0131 652 2405


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