Last Chance to Taste Scotland’s Hoppiest IPA

A ‘Tap Takeover and Meet the Brewer’ at The Pot Still in Glasgow on Thursday 30th July by Top Out Brewery offers the last chance to drink one of Scotland’s hoppiest IPAs, ‘The Cone’, due to a shortage of its all-American Simcoe hops.

Colin Campbell in The Herald recently described the IPA as “a classic beer with a limited lifespan. Ridiculously drinkable.” And, Simon Martin of Real Ale Craft Beer said The Cone was “an utterly amazing IPA. This is a hophead lover’s dream. …The best Scottish IPA I’ve tried.”

“Climbing is our other great passion so each of our beer labels shows an OS map with a route to the summit of a mountain where I’ve 'topped out',” says Head Brewer, Michael Hopert.

The ‘Tap Takeover and Meet the Brewer’ also provides an exclusive opportunity to sample Top Out Brewery’s three new beers: South Face, Altbier and Copperheid.

South Face - red IPA (5.9% abv)

South Face is brewed with huge amounts of Southern hemisphere hops, exclusively from New Zealand, creating a juicy IPA with lots of tropical fruit notes. The label shows Bidean nam Bian (1,150m), the main summit of a miniature mountain range overlooking Glencoe from the south. Even driving through en route to Fort William the mountains are spectacular, but the traverse of the massif takes your breath away, especially in winter.

Altbier - lager/ale hybrid (4.5% abv)

'Alt', as this kind of beer is often called, means 'old' and refers to a style which pre-dates lagers. It is a dark, malty beer with a decent amount of German hops. Düsseldorf in west Germany is home to the style where it is still made in brewpubs in the old town and beyond.

Colin Campbell in the Herald, who chose Altbier as his Beer of the Week, adds “Fun and serious, Altbier tastes like a German fairground.” Ben Wyvis (1,046m) is a vast, sprawling mountain close to the coast north of Inverness, isolated from any other higher ground.

Copperheid - ale with a ginger twist (3.4% abv)

A balanced ale with spices, gooseberry and a bitter finish with a long ginger twist. Refreshingly different.The name comes from a Copperhead ('Copperheid' in Scots) which is a piece of 'aid climbing' kit, famous on scary routes up El Capitan in California's Yosemite valley.

Always on the lookout for inspiration, our head brewer was climbing Beinn Ime (1,011m) on a mild Easter Sunday. After passing through a cloud inversion covering Loch Lomond, he could see all the way from Arran to Ben Nevis. When the weather turned unseasonably hot he really wanted a beer like Copperheid – light and refreshing with a ginger twist.

If you want to stock some of Scotland’s most distinctive craft beers, Top Out Brewery is looking for more on-trade and off-trade distributors. Please contact Michael or Moo (Philip) to get your hands on an order or to try some sample beers on 0131 440 0270 or info@topoutbrewery.com