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Beer Spotlight Scottish Session

Brewed by Williams Brothers
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
ABV: 3.9%
Golden Ale is a popular style of pub ale, drunk as refreshment whilst blethering to pals or singing along in the pub. With light, fresh hoppy aromas, a soft, malty texture and creamy finish, Session slips down like fresh Scottish air!
Tasting Notes
Pours amber like a decent lager. Aroma of orange, marmalade, hay, light spice. Taste is well balanced with a slight tart, spiced orange finish due to the citrus. Easy to drink with gentle carbonation and nice mouthfeel. Orange becomes more prevelant as you get down the glass.


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…..


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%