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If you want to stay healthy and keep drinking, try something a little different. Words: Leroy Harris

()l"(} traditional Scottish beers. :ncluding a ii:ii“ber of real ales. use all sorts of unusual stuff in the ‘e""‘enti'ig process. l rout heather to pine to banana. 'i‘ar‘i. of those ingredients haxe been used for medical reasons and for general good health. Here at The l is: we thought we‘d tn, a few purelj. for the benefit of you readers. of course —- so you kl‘fl‘.'.’ that to tie for next time you lane; a healthier pint . Caledonian Golden Promise. £1.80 1 pint COO lhe first bottle we try and the initial opinion is 'yei‘. we, but it's veallt just like a regular beer. on'i, a little less fix/y Imagine if you ‘.'.’(?l(? to order a real ale and got back a pint of flat 'auei 't would he a little disappointing. Zaledonia'i would ii‘ake a wee sunwmr's (lat drink. but not much else. Grozet. £1.50 330ml .0. Htfll‘y ‘.'.t:-i:-ui,. Make that lei. neiht. No one is make of this: it tastes OK. net unpleasant. but there’s a *1 it too much o". '.~.e||. herbiness. Gib/e! is n‘azle unit“ ng‘sr-be'"; a'x'l cereal. so we start to worry about her: the actual heil‘ laserl ales we're about to sample are going to taste. Alba £1.80 330ml 0 lVlll‘l‘T't‘ it smells like honey; doesn't that smell really ii-ite’P' Seems promising. but a sip for each taster lee to -.-.'i'i<‘ing. (“.0 watering and then shouting and S‘.‘.(—?Eil'l'ig. We can‘t confiri‘.‘ this. but Alba niax he the sweetest man-ir‘ade substaiwe Expressions such as ‘molasses ll‘lXOd ‘.‘.’|ill Radex' (ll‘fl ‘imngin' mediCine' sum up the general feeling. Fraoch, £1.50 330ml 00 The most famous traditional ale here. Fraoch is;l with heather to gixe it its taste. I‘. has the herbiness you may expect from heather. and it's pleasant enough to drink. but there is a bit of a sinister smell to it. A hint of ‘iiiilkrness' doesn't really help the flaxour.

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Banana Bread Beer, £1.80 1 pint 000.

This is like novelty beer. The (NOll‘t'l of bananas is very strong. It’s made With real bananas. but the smell is reminiscent of the artificial stuff you use to make banana milk. erryone likes the taste. but i.-.'hether anyone could make it past one pint is dOubtful 'though it could appeal to

underagers as the alcopop Of the - COFGRATULAT'ONS To real ale world’. Our only problem is we're not Sure if there were "‘9 w'm‘e's 0' our first Eating & Drinking Guide

bananas in Scotland during the ‘Saxon' period that the bottle hints at.

Kelpie, £1.80 330ml 0...

Keipie is brewed wrth seaweed to give it its flavour. This stuff looks riarker and thicker than Guinness. It even smells dark. like thick treacle. The best descriptions are ‘smoky barbeoue sauce' and watery stout”. SOunds a bit odd for an ale. but it's actually really nice. It's certainly good for one pint.

Ebulum, £1.80 330ml 0

Can‘t guite deCide if we've acodentally picked up a bottle of strong cough medicme or whether this is definitely for drinking. The elderberry taste in this is ‘sweet. strong. thick and srckly'. It's quite difficult to swallow. Someone describes it as 'SOy sauce with the salt taken out' and there is a gr0up ‘awwwww . . .' as even, one tried to express this strange taste.

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awards. For details and first reactions see news, page 4.


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