Brewing Up a Storm
A lot has been happening here at Shilling since our last blog. We’re nicely settled into the place and have to gotten to terms with our not so shiny anymore, but still pretty new kit. In one of the previous blogs Chris mentioned we had a lot to ‘figure out’ and I think we’ve made serious headway in that department! I’ve made small tweaks here and there to the core range to get them as I had envisaged when we were opening. The ever popular Unicorn IPA continues to be our best selling beer, so much so that I think I’ve only just finally got a brewing schedule where I’m not chasing my tail to keep us in stock! Our rotational beers have built up a strong fan base, going forward we will continue to experiment with different beer styles. A double IPA looks to be on the cards and we’re in think tank mode for a seasonal brew for the Christmas period.
As well as stepping up our brewing schedule to keep up with demand we’ve expanded our guest beer selection to include some of Scotland’s finest breweries, including Cromarty, Jaw, and Alechemy, with still more to come. We finally succumbed to the inevitable and brewed our own 80/- beer, the latest rotational beer to fill our cask line. It’s malty, sweet, and everything an 80 bob should be. As we move forward we look to strengthen our relationships with other breweries and hope to organise a few colabs with both local breweries and some further afield.
The latest new brew, which should be pouring in the week to come, is a pale ale. I wanted to try my hand at a SMASH (Single Malt and Single Hopped) beer and the result is our Orbital Pale Ale. With a great nose, which one of the team described as smelling a bit like a Fruit Salad. I promise no chewy sweets were harmed in the making of this beer! It has a nice balance with a delicate lingering bitterness, sure to be popular with the pale ale crowd.
The bar staff here are always keen to help out whenever they can, which is a great bonus for myself and Chris as it makes our lives a lot easier. They’re always the first to try our new beers so don’t be shy about asking them about our beer next time you stop by. Stay up to date with any new beer info by liking our Facebook page