Since their inception in 2007, the UK beer scene has changed massively, and while Brewdog might not have been the only protagonists in this, they have been at the forefront of it - at least, that's what they keep telling everyone. They have never been afraid of controversy, sometimes to good effect, and sometimes for its own sake, and some have found them a bit been a bit "Marmite"- a love-it-or-hate-it thing. In fact, Marmite seems to be one of the very few ingredients that they haven't used over the years.
Despite all the brouhaha press releases and cacafuego styling, there's been one constant underneath all this: the beer. Their core range of beers has now passed into broad distribution, and brings a bit of va-va-voom to beer fridges and bar tops from Scunthorpe to Sao Paolo. Their specials, however, are another thing altogether - full-on, flavoursome, and to use their own terminology, kick ass.
For one day only, the Dandy Brewpunks of Fraserburgh* have sent their regional ambassador, pirate queen Josie Ludford to spread the gospel about their beers. We will have a couple of their more palate-ravaging beers on tasting - Jackhammer IPA and Clown King Barley Wine. And as well as their regular core range, we will have other hard-to-find specials available to buy, including their annual Mikkeller collaboration I Hardcore You (you can read a particularly feverish review of that beer here), Mix Tape 8 (a 14.5%abv blend of barrel-aged imperial IPA and barrel-aged triple), and Black Tokyo Horizon, their monumental (with the emphasis on the mental) 15%abv imperial stout blend in collaboration with Mikkeller and Norwegian brewing behemoths Nøgne Ø.
*well, formerly of Fraserburgh, now of Ellon
If you can't come down. you can still buy their beers online here.