What a burden it must be to be a firm with cheeky humour in a land...known for its cheeky humour. What would Billy Connelly say about this new move by the clearly irresponsible madmen in charge of this brewery?!?
Earlier this year BrewDog, the award-winning microbrewery, faced being blacklisted by advertising industry watchdogs for allegedly encouraging antisocial behaviour in its marketing and promotions. And James Watt and Martin Dickie, the two former students who formed the company last year, have now been accused of irresponsibly promoting Tokyo, a brew with potentially "devastating" consequences for health.
I think the real problem here is that two former students are now operating a business. Everyone knows that former students end up in middle management and are destined to be bean pushers...perhaps like Dr Richard Simpson, Labour's public health spokesman (but he's surely a very clever fellow) not to mention Dr Bruce Ritson, the chairman of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (another generally smart laddie) who has declared there was no place for the 12% beer BrewDog has placed on the market. None! No place because Scotland is the home of whisky... which is, you know, at least 40%. Makes me want to pop a BrewDog right now.
So I did. BrewDog's RipTide is a 8% stout - meaning two would be insane - is described on the label as a "twisted merciless stout" but I will not get into a contortionist's position and abandon all hope in the Lord's grace. No, I will just treat it as a beer. It pours a deep mahogany with a mocha head and, upon the well placed snort, gives off a yeasty espresso impresso. A dry chocolate cream of a brew with plenty of roasty notes, a bit o' fig and burnt date with plenty of minty hops keeking oot doon theyr-ah. BAers bark "B+!"
Braw. Even bonnie. A stout worthy of Paw Broon.