The History of House Ale
The original ale first brewed in 1964 and now sold all over the world. Perhaps the most distinctive Scottish ale on the market and with its rich, dark oakiness this is a deep, contemplative ale.
Traquair House Ale is deep reddish-amber-brown in color; full, velvet-like body; medium dry and powerful, with an earthy hint of peat character. Malt flavors and fruity finish show a subtle hint of fermentation in wooden vessels.
Pâté de foie gras and other rich appetizers. Good to soak a Stilton in or to serve with Stilton or other blue cheese. Can accompany fruit and fruit tarts or as a morning pick-me-up with coffee and brunch. Excellent with fruit and cheese or as a winter warmer. Enjoy with a fine cigar. Serve in brandy snifter.
Ratebeer.com: 96 points (June 2016)
US Open Silver Medal “Strong Scottish Ale,” July, 2015.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine “Top 25 Beers of 2012” – #2 of 25!
“1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die,” selection, A. Tierney-Jones, 2010
Gold Medal -World Beer Championships 2013, 2010, 2008, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2000
Platinum Medal & World Champion Scotch Ale -World Beer Championships 1996 & 1997 .
“World classic.” – Michael Jackson.
Four stars, “Exceptional,” – BevX, Jan. 2010
ABV: 7.2% – OG: 1.070 – IBU: 26
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, hops, yeast; fined with isinglass.
About the Traquair Brewery
Traquair House, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, dates back to 1107 AD, when it was a hunting lodge for the kings of Scotland. It has had descendants of the same family living in it from 1491 to the present day. As did many estates of the era, Traquair operated a house brewery and when Mary Queen of Scots visited in 1566, Traquair was already brewing a famous strong ale.
Some time after 1800, brewing ceased at Traquair. The original brewery equipment remained on the estate, idle, until the 20th Laird of Traquair, Peter Maxwell Stuart, restored and opened the brewery in 1965. The copper brewkettle at Traquair is over 200 years old, and beer is made in the traditional manner — even using oak fermenting vessels, which contribute to the deep, unique character of these beers.
Traquair is the only UK brewery using oak vessels for primary fermentation.