Kat here reporting from the magical land of Edinburgh, Scotland!
Today I visited a popular UK brewery called BrewDog. This review will be half a review of the bar itself and half a review of its beer. But spoilers: everything was awesome.
BrewDog’s Edinburgh bar is situated in an area well-known for its bars and clubs known as the Grassmarket. There are a lot of bars along this area but most of them are the general bar you would run into: either it’s a dive bar/pub or a club-y kind of bar. BrewDog is slightly removed from this. It kind of sits in its own little area next to The Free Sisters.
When I first walked in, I saw the words:
“NO LIVE SPORT
But we do have boards games”
I knew that BrewDog was going to be my new favorite bar. Then I saw the prices for the various drinks they offer (they also offer wine and liquors) and fell in love. I’ve only been to two bars in Edinburgh since I got here and their beer was incredibly overprice (and the beer wasn’t even that good). BrewDog was a breath of fresh air with beers under £4.50.
The beers I had were the Trashy Blonde and the Punk IPA.
“A titillating, neurotic, peroxide, punk of a pale ale. Combining attitude, style substance and a little bit of low self esteem for good measure; what would your mother say?”-BrewDog website
This beer was exactly what I needed after filling up at lunch and was a nice starting point for someone unfamiliar with BrewDog. With an ABV of 4.1%, it was light with notes of citrus and tropical fruits.
“Welcome to a post Punk apocalyptic mother fucker of a pale ale.”-BrewDog website
As soon as I tasted this beer, I said, “Whoa that is great!” To which the bartender replied, “Yeah.”
Not your typical IPA, Punk IPA, at a 5.6% ABV, is more sweet and not as bitter as most IPAs. The taste is citrus and hops with a sweet beginning and only a slightly bitter ending. It has a hint of funk that only added to its punk rock vibe.
It was incredibly refreshing and I am definitely going back to BrewDog before I leave to get some more Punk IPA.
BrewDog is at once cool in the style and naming of their brewery and brews but they also really care about craft beer from the chalk drawing of how beer is brewed on their walls.
If you have the chance to try it, I highly recommend it. They are constantly pushing the envelope (with beers like Sink the Bismarck coming in at a whopping 41% ABV) and I enjoy their approach to beer. I’m going to go back before I leave if it’s the last thing I do.