Brewdog Edinburgh, June 2016

Another trip to Edinburgh, another trip to Brewdog. After not one, but two, trips back in April, this was high on the list for a return visit. A well timed tweet this afternoon mentioning that there would be live music on tonight sealed the deal, and we headed on down just after 7pm. It was busy as usual, but we ordered a couple of drinks at the bar and hung around for a table to become free.

We’ll start with Mrs MOFAD first this time. Mrs MOFAD has become more of a beer drinker over the last few years, particularly enjoying sour beers, wheat beers, and fruit beers (as long as they aren’t too sickly sweet). Hops are her nemesis, so any “beery beer” is to be avoided. The joy of somewhere like Brewdog is that you can always find yourself a beer in your favourite style(s), with helpful staff to guide you along your way, and advise what’s in the fridges today.

This led to drinking “Berry White” (strong pun work) by To Øl from Denmark. This was a good mix of fruitiness and sourness, way better than any fruit beers currently around in UK supermarkets.

My first beer was a guest. A Go To IPA by Stone Brewing. A bang on trend session IPA all the way from Escondido in California. Quite subtle hoppiness for an IPA, but that’s where the session part takes over.

Next up pizza, one of the three reasons for being here tonight. Several Brewdog bars are now offering pizzas, which is a great move because they can be brilliant and go so well with beer. I always have pizza with beer.

My choice today was the King of Pigs – gyula sausage, leeks, tomatoes, with mozzarella and watercress. This was delicious. Pizza done simply and done well is a thing to behold. This had tasty sausage, with the piquancy of leeks and great peppery watercress. I wouldn’t mind a few more slices of sausage and a bit more watercress.

Mrs MOFAD opted for the Hamlet – kassler (cured and lightly smoked pork), artichokes, tomatoes, granda padano and mozzarella. This too was delicious, although a pile of greenery would also have been nice.

More beer was required to accompany this, and since it was released tonight, it had to be Black Hammer, a dark version of the popular Jack Hammer. A mix of burnt toffee and grapefruit flavours from the hops. Having a beer on “release night” is a very modern thing, which is fine if you live somewhere where you can do this! It also went well with the sausage on the pizza.

Whilst all of this was going on, we were enjoying music from “The Wandering Man” aka Peter Dyer, who was playing down by the pinball machine. An excellent selection of acoustic tunes including many interesting covers and medleys. A great night of live music.

Another drink to accompany this, a pint of Kingpin, the new Brewdog German Pilsner, an upgraded version of This.Is.Lager. Most commercial lager is gassy garbage, this is something much better. Not sure they’ve nailed it yet, but this is a good effort, with some biscuity malt flavours and a touch of sweetness. More hops coming through would be great.

A great night out at Brewdog Edinburgh, it reminded us very much of our trip to Fat Monk back in March – the perfect combination of pizza, beer and tunes. As my dad’s old Musicians’ Union sticker said “Keep Music Live”.

MOFAD approved of course, and the customary MOFAD card was left.

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