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Brewdog, Aberdeen
17 Gallowgate,
AB25 1EB
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Tue - Sat 12 noon-12pm, Sun 12:30-midnight, Mon 4pm-midnight.

February 2011


What images spring to mind when the words “Real Ale" are mentioned? Beards, beer bellies and tucked-in t-shirts? Possibly. But the reputation of real ale and artisan beer is changing. Younger, less hairy people are beginning to enjoy tasting their beer and no-one wants to celebrate this more than the local entrepreneur alchemists behind BrewDog. Their first bar has recently opened in Aberdeen and they are set to open a second in Edinburgh this spring.


BrewDog Aberdeen can be busy at the weekend but on this cold Thursday evening my friend and I were served immediately and had a couple of empty tables to choose from. Behind the bar are a handful of the signature beers on draught plus two or three guest draughts which change regularly. The more exotic beers are in bottles and the overwhelming choice includes many more BrewDog tipples and international guest beers. And the staff here are such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable bunch that you almost invite them over for a drink before remembering that that might be inappropriate!


I decided my first would be a pint of their 77 Lager (4.9%). This beer retains all the best qualities of pilsner in its refreshing lightness whilst packing in a hearty, malty punch. I followed this with a guest draught. “Hello, My Name Is Ingrid" (8.2%) is a collaboration between BrewDog and brewers called Beersweden. It is a lager with sharp citrus flavours and a dry hoppy finish. Finally, with the conversation still on beer and general beeriness, I sampled a third-pint of Tokyo. Served as thirds because its ABV is an immodest 18.2%! A lot happens during sips of this stout. It is very fruity and sweet and, coupled with its strength, it resembles a sherry. However, the hops do eventually appear to remind you that you are in fact enjoying a beer.


With their first bar BrewDog have fortified the ethos of the brand. Theirs is beer of high quality to be sipped and savoured but also to be adventurous with. BrewDog has introduced artisan beer to a new, youthful crowd with unique products and unconventional business strategies. It's 'Beer for Punks' they say. Can a punk rock a beer belly? I certainly hope so...(D. King)


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