One of the greater things about watching football in America is that most matches, especially those of the EPL, areearly in the morning American time, giving people an excuse to daydrink. This is part of our series discussing exactly what to drink when you’re at the pub, presented by our resident homebrewer, Keith.
The Beer: Twisted Thistle IPA, Belhaven Brewery- Dunbar, Scotland, United Kingdom
The Pub: The Queen Vic, in Northeast DC
What You Need to Know: I’ve covered the history of the Belhaven Brewery in a previous post. In that post, I also mentioned that the Scottish climate is also typically unkind to hops. Brewers of old in Scotland would then use whatever was handy to spice or preserve their beers- so Scottish brewers would often use thistle or heather. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with this beer; it’s just a clever name. But there are breweries in Scotland that still use heather for their beers. We’ll get to them at some point.