A fantastic line-up of ales has been assembled for this weekend’s Torridon Real Ale Festival 2012. This is is one of the highlight’s of the beer-enthusiast’s Autumn calendar in the Highlands, drawing fans from near and far. While rooms at the Inn have mostly been taken, there is still limited availability in the hotel. Wherever you stay, you can be assured of a warm welcome and a wonderful warming theme percolating through your days and nights in Torridon. Here the team at The Stables introduce their starring ales for the festival.
An Teallach Brewery
An Teallach 4.2% – A classic pint in the Scottish 80/- tradition. Malt and blackcurrant feature in the taste
Ben Damph 4.1% – A unique ale, named after the Corbett that sits behind The Stables and made specially for us. A dark red full bodied ale with a good handful of Cascade hops to ensure a bitter finish
Crofters 4.2% – A good quaffing ale, drinking much lighter than its ABV.
The Torrid One – A creamy yellow-coloured ale with a spicy hop aroma, lightly flavourd with hints of lemon and grapefruit and with a clear bitter aftertaste 4.3 abv
Loch Ness Brewery
LochNESS 4.4% – A traditional 80/- A big malty mouthful with a little bitter finish
HoppyNESS 5% – A golden ale with a long bitter finish and three-hop aroma.
Black Gold 4.4% – A Scottish stout with a wonderful rich dark colour. A smooth full bodied beer with subtle bitterness giving way to late sweetness and underlying hints of roast barley.
Sheepshaggers 4.5% – The best beer baa none! An exceptional continental style beer with good body and refreshing aftertaste.
Isle of Skye Brewery
Red Cuillin 4.2% – The Skye Brewery`s much-prasied flagship ale. Reddish-hued, slightly malty and nutty in character, smooth to the taste. Multi-award-winning ale, named after the well-known hills of the Isle of Skye.
Heilan’ Coo 4.2% – Made specially for The Stables. A blend of two Isle of Skye’s ales, Young Pretender & Red Cuillin. The smooth Red Cuillin takes away the bitterness of the Young Pretender
Blaven 5% – The strongest of the regular Skye ales, Bla Bheinn, the blue mountain, is a deep golden ale, malty and full-bodied, with a fruity, hoppy character and a delightful Fuggles hop aroma. Originally a winter ale, now available all year round due to great demand.
Witchwand 4% – A unique ale which utilises Skye rowanberries. The Welsh used to make a beer with rowanberries but the recipe is lost in the mists of time. However, the brewing team has come up with a new recipe which manages to smooth out the bitterness of the berries and produce an exceptional beer. (“Witchwand” is an old name for the rowan tree.)
Lia Fail 4.7% – A dark, robust, full-bodied beer with a deep malty taste, smooth texture & hoppy aroma. Rich with a well balanced and satisfying sweetness and with chocolate notes