A beer from the Orkney Islands, located off the north coast of Scotland. From the first taste I adored it. The hops and fruit taste are well balanced. Definitely one for after a bike ride on a summer evening. The bottle labeling evokes the romance of island life with a cottage facing a sunset.
Swannay Brewery opened in 2005 on the mainland of Orkney. The small scale of the operation and the story of the father and son brewing team is appealing to travellers who seek out locally sourced food and drink.
The name of the beer is a play on the taste of hops and the 70 islands of Orkney.
From the very first taste I thought 'mmm! I like this.' Some beers take several sips or more to get a taste for them, but not this one. It was delicious straight away. I reckon this is because there is no single taste that dominates, the fruit and hop taste are equally balanced. On the front of the bottle they call it a "session beer" meaning that it is ideal for drinking one after another on a night out.
I really enjoyed this beer and I will definitely be having it again.
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