Beer review: North Brewing – Mystic Voyage 8.5%, Peanut Butter Milk Stout

There’s not much more that I love on a cold winters evening than a nice full bodied stout, unless of course you add Peanut butter into the mix. This milk stout from North Brewing doesn’t disappoint on either of these aspects. It pours dark and oily with a demerara coloured head that clings onto the glass like good peanut butter should. Smelling largely of peanut there are also strong notes of dark malt and chocolate. It is not as overtly sweet as some peanut butter stouts on the nose and feels indulgent and warming.

There are hints of red berries underneath the dominant flavours of rich chocolate roasty malts and peanut but they are subtle and compliment well. The body is smooth and seriously creamy, coating the palette, really inviting you to indulge in it. I think the peanut is nicely balanced without the alcohol masking it, coming in at 8.5% it’s no meek beer, one to be enjoyed in sips. Another winner from North Brewing Co. and pouring now at The Craftsman Company.

Thanks to Lisa MacLeod for another review!

Gift Vouchers

Want to give someone the gift of The Craftsman Company?

How about a voucher to spend at our coffee and ale house in some tasty/exciting ways?

•  Recipients can choose their own favourite single origin beans from our collection and roast them to enjoy at home
• An introduction to coffee making – learn how our baristas roast and grind our beans and how to use our coffee machine to make their very own speciality coffee
• Spirits and speciality cocktails (we are the Scottish Gin Bar of the Year after all) enjoy their drinks with us, or take home a bottle of gin as off-sales
• Enjoy single-origin coffee – freshly roasted on site – to sit in or take-away
• Breakfast, lunch and evening snacks (including our famous sharing platter)
• Craft beers – a wide selection of bottles and cans to enjoy with us (plus our limited edition draft selection of 16 beers on tap), or take home as off-sales

Buy your voucher in store, or email enquiries@thecraftsmancompany.com for more information.

Terms & Conditions:

The voucher is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. It entitles the bearer to services and goods (sit-in, take-way, retail and off-sales) to the value of the voucher. The voucher – either at full value or after partially redeemed – cannot be exchanged for cash. Due to Scottish alcohol licencing laws, restrictions apply to the time of sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises and as off-sales. The Craftsman Company retains the right to exclude or amend items redeemable by vouchers at any time without notice.

Christmas Menu Options

Join us for your Christmas party for food and drink with a difference! We’ve got options for a three-course meal, as well as a brilliant buffet.

Why not round it all off with one of our festive gin cocktails? After all, we are the 2018 Scottish Gin Bar of the Year!

Contact Garry at enquiries@thecraftsmancompany.com to book or for more information.

 

Set menu – £25

Starter

  • Vegetable veloute with poached egg
  • Creamy pea and bacon risotto with mint

Main

  • Orange and honey glazed turkey, brussels sprouts with bacon crisps and nuts, roasted potatoes, chipolatas, red wine jus
  • Nut roast, maple roasted parsnip and carrot, bread sauce

Dessert

  • Rice pudding
  • Caramelized peach, spiced shortbread, vanilla ice cream, berry – whisky syrup

 

Buffet menu – 4 items for £10 – additional items £3 each

1) Mini soups – choose from: pea and mint (Vegan/GF), sweet potato coconut and chilli (Vegan/GF), carrot and almond (Vegan/GF), or curried roasted cauliflower and chickpea

2) Mini apple, cheddar and roasted turkey sliders

3) Cheesy cauliflower and leek gratin (Vegetarian)

4) Homemade roasted vegetable hummus and pitta bread (Vegan)

5) Brie and cranberry sauce puffs (Vegetarian)

6) Sweet chili king prawn skewers (GF/DF)

7) Goats cheese and beetroot tart (Vegetarian)

8) Cold smoked salmon pinwheels, dill, crouton

9) Chicken satay skewers

10) Fetta and roasted peach bruschetta (Vegetarian)

11) Beetroot and gin cured salmon, soft herbed cream cheese on blinis

12) Chocolate strawberries

We’re Scottish Gin Bar of the Year!

We were delighted to win the Scottish Gin Bar of the Year award at the Scottish Gin Awards in September. It was the first award we’ve ever entered, and to receive such recognition on a national level is overwhelming.

Our gin offering began with a modest selection of 6 locally sourced gins from the surrounding area and we’ve since grown that to a considered curation of 40 gins from distillers large and small, including special editions. We strive to keep adding exciting additions to our shelf and we’re proud to say that almost 75% of our gins are from Scotland.

The annual awards event, held in Glasgow, celebrates and promotes the growing range of high-quality gins made in Scotland. The independent competition is judged by a panel of experts drawn from across the sector, bringing together industry experience and market knowledge to recognise the greatest achievements in the Scottish gin industry.

We’re over the moon to have been considered alongside such influential gin bars, in such wonderful company, and to win this award is truly special. We’d like to thank our suppliers of spectacular gin, our customers for their support during our first year, our team for their commitment to excellent service and fine products, and the Scottish Gin Awards for its support and recognition.

Photo Credit – Gerardo Jaconelli for the Scottish Gin Awards

Beer review: Rub-a-Dub IPA, Deya and Fyne Ales

Rub a Dub Dub, two breweries and a tub… of lime zest and hops! Deya and Fyne Ales have teamed up to create Rub a Dub, a lime infused IPA with Citra and Mosaic hops. Fyne Ales have definitely been high on the list of my favourite Scottish breweries over the last couple of years. Deya are undoubtedly high on many people’s lists when it comes to IPAs so I’ve been looking forward to this collab coming on tap.

It pours golden with a slight hue of green, a thick white head that clears quickly leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Nose is citrus, malty, a hint of caramel and very inviting. The first mouthful is all grassy hops with a mild citrus back note. It’s smooth though and I think you can really taste the Citra, adding light tropical fruit aromas alongside the Mosaic. From the next mouthful the layers start to show through, a slight dank grassiness and malty biscuit flavours. The citrus from the lime infusion floats around in there taking the edge of the hop bitterness.

On the finish, rather than bringing a full on juiciness to proceedings it has a much drier finish than you might expect from a lime infused IPA. However this is no criticism, using lime zest rather than the juice creates this and I really like it! This is a really drinkable IPA at 6.1% with good carbonation, smooth body and well balanced hops definitely not one that will hang about too long.

Thanks to Lisa MacLeod for the beer review!

Beer review: Gipsy Hill Brewing Co. – Drifter IPA 7%

Pours rich and thick as haar, hazy yellow with a nice off white head.  This is Drifter, Gipsy Hill Brewing’s’ take on an East Coast style IPA. This year’s release from the South London brewery has two kinds of oats and uses Lallemands NE yeast. The yeast was chosen to hold in suspension producing the distinctive haze of the style and really push the tropical fruit notes on the nose, which it does very successfully!

The carbonation fizzes on the tongue before the oats smooth the body out. You get lots of mango and pineapple before El Dorado, BBC Ekuanot and Azzaca hops bring the bitterness surging in coating your mouth and hanging around until the next mouthful and well after.

Gipsy Hill were a new brewery to me and I think this easily stands up to the big haze hitters like Verdant and Cloudwater who do this style so well.  Be quick, this drinks so easily and on a sunny day is hard to resist, can’t see it hanging around long! Pouring now at The Craftsman Company.

Thanks to Lisa MacLeod for the review!

Beer Review – Beavertown: Dame Melba Phantom Peach and Raspberry Berliner Weisse

Originally released in 2016 I had unfortunately missed out on this one in previous years but am certainly making up for it now with the newest batch hitting the shelves at The Craftsman Company!

Subtle peach comes in alongside Scottish raspberries balancing well with each other to create this interesting Berliner Weisse from Beavertown. It pours with a nice white head that dissipates quite quickly. The nose carries the freshness and tart whiff of the raspberries but offers a hint towards the softening effect of the peach. The body is nice and light, as with any good Berliner Weisse, the sourness doesn’t override the flavours but is ever present, lingering on the palette well after each mouthful. I am a bit of a sucker for a raspberry beer in most styles but this is one to seek out if you like your berries tart, your peaches soft and juicy and your beers a bit delicious.

Thanks to Lisa MacLeod for the review!

Our first birthday, and our Scottish Gin Bar of Year award nomination!

When we opened our doors to the public one year ago this weekend we had a mission to provide a café-culture environment in the heart of Aberdeen city, and showcase the crafts of independent coffee growers, beer brewers, and distillers. We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved in just 12 months, which has culminated in the prestigious nomination for a Scottish Gin Bar of the Year award!

Our gin offering began with a modest selection of 6 locally sourced spirits, and we currently offer a considered curation of 40 gins from distillers large and small, including special editions. We strive to keep adding exciting additions to our shelf and we’re proud to say that almost 75% of our gins are from Scotland.

Our tagline is ‘Excite the Enthusiast’, and this was a key component in our submission to the Scottish Gin Bar Awards. We love nothing more than when we can inspire awe or delight in the pallet of a novice or experienced gin-drinker, or coffee-consumer; bringing them something different, something special, something craft. Especially when it’s local, or Scottish. We’re overjoyed with being considered for Scottish Gin Bar of the Year!

Look out for a special Gin Fizz cocktail on the menu this weekend in celebration of our first year in business and our award nomination 🙂