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Scottish Fiddles this Sunday

This Sunday The Haven presents WATER’S HOT, our resident Fiddle group playing Appalachian and Scottish tunes from 3pm -5pm.
You have three options:
1- Come for brunch, which is served until 2.30pm, and stay for the music.
2- Do 1, then stay for dinner which is served from 5.30 onwards
3- Do all of the above with a pint…..

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Haven Scottish Sweet Stout – sneak preview

The Haven launches a limited edition craft beer by Notch brewer Chris Lohring this April. However we are going to get a sneak peak this Friday just in time for St Patrick’s Day!
Below is a little bit of what all the fuss isgoing to be about..
The Haven Scottish Sweet Stout
Scottish Sweet Stouts are diverse as you can imagine, from high alcohol boozers to those so low in alcohol they were given to children as nourishment (and maybe to encourage quiet time). But they all have one thing in common that sets them apart from the ubiquitous dry Irish stouts in Boston, they tend to be on the sweeter side.


The Haven Stout is modeled after many of the Scottish Stouts between the wars (WWI and WWII). They were of moderate alcohol (around 4% ABV) and well suited for a long session at the pub. And although they finish with a bit of sweetness on the tongue, they are dry compared to some of the modern day sugar bombs put out by US craft brewers. As I find myself often saying, it’s all relative in brewing these days.
The Haven Stout’s sweetness comes from Milk Sugar (Lactose) that is added to the boil on brewday, and yes, if you a lactose intolerant, you should take caution. This lactose is not fermentable by brewer’s yeast, so it provides a bit of mouthfeel to the beer as well. The beer is also brewed with a hefty addition of oats to provide a silky texture and a proud, long lasting head. And as a final touch, we used a nitrogen/ carbon dioxide blend to give the beer a its bubbles and provide a soft, delicate mouthfeel.
Overall, the Haven Sweet Stout is an infinitely drinkable beer that pairs wonderfully with Scottish cuisine and a welcome alternative on St Pat’s Day and beyond.
Style: Sweet Scottish Stout (aka Milk Stout)
Malt: British Pale, Amber, Crystal, Chocolate, Black, Oats
Sugar: Lactose
Hops: Whitbread Goldings Variety
Yeast: British Ale
ABV: 4.1%

Heather Ale- Haven/Notch collaboration – Sir Kenny.

The Haven is delighted to anounce the second collaboration with Notch of a delicious legendary Heather Ale.

After the success of the Haven 70 special Chris Lohring from Notch and Waddleton went with the addition of Heather for the upcoming brew.

Off they traipsed to Maine and hijacked Shipyard brewery for the day.

It will be on draft on July 12th.

Below is a description of what we came up with…..
Heather Ale description:

The Heather Ale combines the malt profile of a Scottish Ale with the hop flavor of a British Bitter, and balances these elements with a background of Heather aroma and flavor. A pound of heather per barrel was used in the brewing of the beer, but the Heather provides a subtle complexity. Heather provides a tea like aroma that balance the Amber malt, and the herbal flavor of Heather balances with the British hop flavor.
The Heather Ale is unfiltered, yet with great clarity, and has a light chestnut color. The Heather Tips were grown and harvested in Scotland, and used as a late kettle and hop back addition. And at 4.3% ABV, a wonderful Scottish inspired session ale.

Malt: British Pale, Amber, Crystal, Munich, Oats
Hops: Kent Goldings, Willamette
Yeast: British Ale
ABV: 4.3%

NB. We are naming it after the greatest living Scottish footballer and current coach of Liverpool (fenway sports group OTHER sports concern over the pond) Kenny Dalglish. Sir Kenny.

Raise your glasses!!!

This is what six pounds of Scottish Heather looks like…

Some fun facts about Heather Ale:

Legend has it that the Picts were wiped out in Scotland for the secret recipe of Heather Ale.

Heather must be washed due to the hallucinogenic properties of the flowers.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem: Heather Ale

From the bonny bells of heather
They brewed a drink long-syne,
Was sweeter far than honey,
Was stronger far than wine.
They brewed it and they drank it,
And lay in a blessed swound
For days and days together
In their dwellings underground.