BrewDog Aberdeen Bar
17 Gallowgate, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
BrewDog Aberdeen Bar Reviews
Brew Dog Aug 09, 2013
Brew Dog brewery has something of a name for itself, mostly revolving around the insanely strong beer they brew and the lengths they’ll go to in order to publicise it. They have been influential in changing the image of beer (as opposed to lager) from something that old men with beards and sandals drink in rural pubs to something that young men with expensive trainers drink in trendy bars in city centres. They also have beards, these days, but only because they are currently fashionable. In either case, as someone (albeit a girl, who a few patronising attempts aside, no one is marketing to) who appreciates actual beer, the original Brew Dog was an important stop on our brief trip to Aberdeen.
Almost none of my photos came out, so you will have to imagine the décor, which includes a large mural of what appears to be a crocodile sketched on a mirror and a lot of microbrewery signs and exposed brickwork. The staff are all excellent, friendly (if a tad evangelical about the merits of extraordinarily strong beer) and unusually for a British bar they were actually doing table service when we went. The main event is the beer. I did not go for the mad industrial strength beer, because I was feeling air sick and also because I had a wedding to go to the next day and did not intend to start the day feeling fuzzy. For those of you who, like me, view 7% as a little strong, Dead Pony Club is a good choice. It hovers around the 4% mark and won’t destroy your liver, and is priced at around average for a beer in a nice bar. The rest of the range goes from 5% to total madness, depending on what they have on. They did once create an experimental drink where they froze the water off beer and got it to about 50% by volume (this was a limited edition and won’t be on when you go there – it cost about £500), but 10% is more common. Some beers are only served in thirds of pints. Some are infused with fruit, coffee, or whatever else seemed like a good idea when the guys in the brewery last got together for a party. They have names like “tactical nuclear penguin” (32%, incidentally – and priced just as insanely). The beer is also really tasty – they have looked for good hops and good ingredients, rather than relied on strength alone to sell it (and the Dead Pony is delicious).
The music policy seemed pretty good.
Brew Dog is probably not a good place to plan to spend a whole evening, but it is a great place to have a drink or two. The people watching is great, the bar is nice, and it’s surprising how few drunk idiots you meet considering the tactical nuclear penguins. There are several branches throughout the UK, but Aberdeen is the original.
Part of the 2013 - Home Sweet Home travel blog
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