Scotland has a long history and part of that rich tradition will be
celebrated later this month at the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Scottish
Traditional Beer Festival in the Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street,
Edinburgh, from Thursday 14 June to Saturday 16 June 2007. Beers in Scotland
are still referred to as 60/- (Light), 70/- (Heavy), 80/- (Export) and 90/-
(Strong Wee Heavy). This dates back to the excise
duty levied on each barrel in the 19th century. One of the CAMRA
festival highlights will be the ‘Shilling Experience’ which will celebrate
the remaining examples of Scotland’s traditional beer style. The ‘Shilling
Experience’ will feature a range of traditional Shilling Ales including
Belhaven 60/-, 70/-, 80/- & 90/- and Caledonian 80/- plus a selection of
newer interpretations from smaller new breweries including Exciseman’s 80/-
from Broughton, Fowler’s Prestonpans 80/- and Stewart’s 80/-.
in its fifth year the event showcases 120 of Scotland’s finest cask ales and
for the first time NO beers from England will be on sale – some cider, perry
and a selection of German bottled beers will however appear in the Assembly
Rooms. A surprisingly large number of the real ales on show will come from
Scottish islands. During the festival the CAMRA Champion Beer of Scotland
will be judged and as in past years competition show prove strong.
hours are – Thursday 4-11pm; Friday & Saturday noon-11pm - and Admission £4
Non-members, £3 Members, except for Friday after 6pm - £5 Non-members, £4
Members. Go along and enjoy a real Scottish pint.
recipe combines the excellence of Scottish trout and beer and is aptly –
Trout in Beer!
Trout in Beer
Ingredients: 2 trout; 1 cup light beer; 1 cup dry white wine; ½ cup
vinegar; 4 slices of lemon; parsley to serve
Clean and prepare trout and place in a shallow saucepan. Mix beer, vinegar
and white wine together and pour over fish. Bring to the boil and simmer
till cooked. Drain and garnish with lemon slices and parsley. Delicious
served with new potatoes. Serves 2.