With Burn’s Night not so far away and with a request to supply beer for Hermitage village Burn’s Night party, I’m brewing ‘Auld Peat’. This has some whiskey malt in it to give a slight smokiness to the ale plus Progress and Challenger bittering hops and Williamette for the aroma. I will be putting it into polypins so will have my first draft beer.

Also have plans for a session bitter which will be the regular ale made throughout the year.

Meanwhile, here’s wishing all my customers, friends and fellow ale enthusiasts a happy and prosperous New Year 2014.