Fancy A Pint? #31 It’s beer, but not as we know it

IMGP6143County: Selkirkshire, Scotland (now part of the Borders Region).

What is it called? Red Eye Flight

Who made it? Tempest Brewing Co, Tweedbank (website:

What is it? Mocha Porter

Alc Vol: 7.4%

The label says: “A powerful awakening, cold infused cocoa and roast Arabica coffee, galvanise the chocolate and roasted malts. A rich dark complex porter with a fresh ground aroma and intense depth of flavour.”

Retired Blokes says: It is beers like this that make me pause and think of my grandfathers. One was a coal miner, the other a tinplate worker; jobs that gave a man a healthy thirst. They drank pints of bitter, or occasionally of mild. I can only imagine what they would have to say about a craft beer such as this – probably, they would be bemused at the idea of making beer that doesn’t taste like beer. Having said that, I thought it was as flavoursome as the makers claimed, and was very nice – but only as a novelty.

Fancy another? No thanks.

It’s not about the beer: Sir Walter Scott, author of Ivanhoe and Rob Roy among other historical novels and poems, was appointed Sheriff-Depute of Selkirkshire in 1799, an office he held until his death in 1832.

Fancy A Pint? Retirement project to sample beers and ciders made in every county of the United Kingdom.



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