FEATURE: The perfect tipple before the theatre

With so many new beers on offer and Scotland emerging as a leader in the craft beer world, it seemed like it was time for Glasgow Theatre Blog to recommend a pre-theatre tipple. Fallen Brewing, (pronounced Phallin) one of Scotland’s leading craft breweries, has won two awards in the Scottish Beer Awards 2017, Gold for the best Pale Ale category and Silver for a collaboration brew in the best Sour Beer category.

Grapevine 5.4% ABV picked up gold in the category for the Best Pale ale, beating competitor brews from Williams Brothers and Cross Boarders Brewing to the top spot. In the category for sour beer, Spring – a Rhubarb and Citrus Sour beer made at Tempest in collaboration with Fallen, Cromarty and Pilot picked up silver.

“We were really delighted with the results of the awards. This year has been so busy for Fallen Brewing. After making a brave decision at the end of 2016 to invest in our own canning line we weren’t sure how the decision would be received but these awards just prove that it has been worth all the hard work. Our can volumes have increased by 100% over the last year and our output and customers are growing all the time.”  Says Paul Fallen, managing director of Fallen Brewing.

Established in 2014, Fallen Brewing is situated in the old Kippen Railway Station with views towards The Trossachs and The South West Highlands. The range is made using only pure, soft Scottish mountain water and the best hops and malts from around the world.

We had the chance to try out some of Fallen’s most popular brews and give them a mini-review:

Local Motive 3.9% ABV, Session IPA:

Great head, cloudy ale with a fabulous citrus taste.

Grapevine 5.4% ABV, New World Pale Ale

Fruity aroma, pours well, lovely head, slight bitter after taste – a really nice drink.

Chew Chew 6% ABV, Salted Caramel Milk Stout

Poured well, looked like that other famous Irish stout. Yeast aroma, full tasting, very nice lingering taste.

Platform C 6.3% ABV India Pale Ale

A whopping 6.3%, this is a pale ale for serious beer drinkers. No wimps allowed here! Strong, bitter and with a kick, it has a lingering aftertaste. After the initial impact it mellows to a pleasant tipple.

Fallen beers are stocked RRP from £2.10 for 330ml from independent shops across Scotland and Oddbins.

Article: Lauren Humphreys

Beer Reviews: Lawrie Humphreys