Uncompromising beers and how to spot 'em

At BrewDog, we're allergic to compromise which is why we create beers that are crafted with passion to turn convention completely on its head.

In fact, we couldn't think of anything worse than crafting a brew simply to please the masses or using familiar ingredients just to run with the grain.

Yout should also try and get your grubby mitts on some of the world's most uncompromising beers; those that aren't afraid to stick the boot into the UK's traditionally straight-laced beer scene in favour of something a little more feisty.

Think your punk enough? Here's the BrewDog guide to spotting uncompromising beers:

1.Bizarre ingredients

Beer may only have four basic ingredients but this doesn't mean brewers can't add to the standard hops and malt combo with a handful of Scottish tayberries, a generous helping of crushed pineapple, a rare variety of yeast or even a tin of spam. Actually, forget that last suggestion but you catch our drift - off the cuff ingredients make for uncompromising beers so let your taste buds do the talking rather than any preconceptions.


2.Twists on the traditional

They don't lie when they say the oldies are the best which is why we think some of the most uncompromising and unforgettable beers are twists on the traditional that not only mess with your palette but also your expectations. Imperial Russian stouts, IPAs and amber ales all make great starting points for revamped classics so keep an eye out for those.


3.Unexpected ABVs

It's fair to say that the lure of the mainstream has taken its toll on the ABVs of some of the UK's most popular beers. Breweries like BrewDog are here to change that however and – despite the ferocious debate surrounding binge drinking – uncompromising beers with high ABVs are just one feature of a bigger plan to change more people's perceptions towards craft beer. We recommend trying a spectrum of ABVs for the most rewarding drinking experience.


4.New methods of brewing

Ask a sample of people how beer is made and the chances are you'll get the pretty standard response of 'by a brewer in a brewery'. Well done, but not quite. When it comes to BrewDog, we've brewed and aged beer on a ship in the Atlantic, at sub zero temperatures in an ice cream factory and even cobbled together the odd sample batch in our own garage. As a standard policy, anything that's not been brewed in a conventional sense should definitely be high on your to-drink list.


5.Obscure packaging

Finally, if you find yourself drinking beer out of a squirrel, chihuahua or cowboy boot this fest the chances are you've stumbled across an uncompromising beer. While the majority of beers will be served in a glass there will also be the opportunity to check out their branding so keep your eyes peeled for those that aren't towing the traditional route packaging-wise.


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Martin 11.10.2010 @ 11:55am
The difference that the beer is kegged craft beer and not kegged Stella.The BrewDog Keg beers are only lightly filtered, if at all and this allows the great flavors all to go through into the end product. The fact that it is served from the keg format suits the kind of beers that BrewDog make alot better than the Cask format as the sparkle in the keg beer lift the dry hop character better and lightens the mouthfeel of the more alcoholic brands. Try it, it'll be awesome.
Helge Nareid 06.10.2010 @ 10:31pm
And what's "different" about keg beer? There's far too much of it all over the place!(sorry I should have included that in my previous entry).
Helge Nareid 06.10.2010 @ 10:24pm
I do beg your pardon Chris?Most pubs _don't_ do cask ale. Probably because it's too much bother to take the extra effort.There is nothing "edgy" or "contemporary" about keg beer - it's been around since the 60's precisely because it is easier for the industrial brewers. It is not in any way an "improvement" on cask ale as far as taste is concerned.
Chris 06.10.2010 @ 12:09am
Its true, there are no facilities for real ale at the new BrewDog bar......because they weren't put in. BrewDog makes contemporary beers and serves them in a contemporary way, you can get cask ale everywhere, why choose to be the same as everyone else, why compromise....?Too many people stuck in the past, embrace something new, it doesn't mean its better, just different. Different can be good, try it!
Helge Nareid 05.10.2010 @ 8:28pm
Uncompromising?How does that rhyme with no cask ale in the soon to be reopened Marischal Bar because of "no facilities"?
haldini 02.10.2010 @ 12:00am
James,How do you balance your uncompromising approach to brewing with also being environmentally responsible (e.g. using locally grown ingredients where you can).Cheers and keep up the great work!
Lor 01.10.2010 @ 10:43pm
Peach and bogmyrtle for me ;p
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Christer 01.10.2010 @ 4:04pm
Why Atlantic IPA *Ale*? The A in IPA sorta stands for Ale...
Johnny Mac 01.10.2010 @ 4:02pm
I got seaweed, heather, scots pine, gooseberry and elderberry beers to try this weekend.Definately different. Looking forward to them.
Fairzo 01.10.2010 @ 3:54pm
Bugger off Geraldine, clearly not as boring as you.
Yvan 01.10.2010 @ 3:33pm
Then don't read it y'old grump! :)
Geraldine Taylor 01.10.2010 @ 3:12pm
Boring, same old "aren't we different" gobshite.
Graham Cowie 01.10.2010 @ 2:39pm
Lets not forget fans of the beer who would probably drink 'the kool-aid' for the promise of eternal beers