The Highland Brewing Company is one of my favourite breweries north of the border, Rob and his son produce some cracking ales which is no surprise really when Rob has been brewing for over 28 years and brewed in some great breweries across the UK.
Based on the beautiful island of Orkney they are also known as the Swannay Brewery and not to be confused with the Orkney Brewery who also make some great beers.
Highland’s beers range from the 3.6% ABV Orkney Best to the 9% ABV Old Norway and Orkney Porter. My favourites in the range are definitely Orkney Blast, their 6% spicy, hoppy world class pale ale and their Old Norway Barley wine which I last drank at 11:30 in the Bacchus at Newcastle Twissup.
While they have won plenty of awards I still don’t think they get as many plaudits as they should be for all their hard work and delicious beers, I really do adore their range of beers, the labels are great too, most of them have a story behind the name and graphics which adds a little bit of extra character and personality to every bottle.
Distribution of the beers is improving with bottles and casks finding their way throughout the UK, the bottles are becoming more readily available in beer shops and online, you can find a list of some stockists here. They truly are worth tracking down, they’ve all got their own individual characteristics and are all really well made.