Both Scottish and Scotch ales traditionally go through a long boil in the kettle for a caramelization of the wort. This produces a color ranging from deep amber to dark copper, and a higher level of unfermentable sugars that creates a rich mouthfeel and malty flavors and aromas. In Scottish ales, overall hop character is low, light floral or herbal, allowing the signature malt profile to be the highlight. Scotch ales are sweeter and fuller-bodied, with a much more pronounced malty caramel and roasted malt flavor.
Nine regional brewers will be on hand from 3pm until 11pm at the Cascade Barrel House (939 SE Belmont), serving up Scottish and Scotch ales. The lineup:
- Black Raven Brewing’s Splinters Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Scotch Ale
- Cascade Brewing’s McShagger Scotch Ale, Wee Ane and Black… Sheep Stout
- Coalition Brewing’s Brigadoonery Scottish Ale
- Fearless Brewing’s Strong Scotch Ale
- Lucky Lab’s Scottish Holiday
- Migration Brewing’s Old Silenus
- Rock Bottom Brewery’s Highland Courage
- Schooner EXACT Brewing’s Hoppy the Woodsman
- Upright Brewing’s House.
To accompany the delicious Scottish beer, bagpipers and the band Stone Porridge (featuring Cascade Brewing’s brewmaster Ron Gansberg) will be playing traditional Scottish music. The regular menu will also feature some Scottish specialties. Admission is free, but of course you’ll have to pay for the beer. Tasting mugs are $3, but you can also use your old OBF or Holiday Ale Fest plastic mug!