Nothing tastes quite as good as a cold beer on a summer day, and Moray being home to a number of first-class breweries, you don’t have to go very far to get one. As you enjoy your extra 40 days of sunshine on Speyside, let us be your guide to the best craft beers our region has to offer.
1. Spey Valley Brewery – 1814
David Macdonald and the team at Spey Valley Brewery make some of our favourite Speyside brews, and this silver-bottled gem is the ace up their sleeve. A German-style Pilsner, 1814 is fresh and floral, weighing in at 5% abv.
Our beer nerd-level is passable at best, however we can confirm one thing: this tastes great. What’s more, Drouthy Drinks will deliver it to your door.
(Be sure to grab a ticket to David’s beer masterclass at this year’s Distilled. Tickets available here.)
2. Speyside Brewery – Moray IPA
If you know Speyside beer at all, one brewery is hard to avoid! Speyside Brewery’s all-yellow-everything approach to colour scheme is matched by the playful nature of their output. Moray IPA is a golden-coloured lager, with a strong bitter finish. As it’s name suggests, this is very much a home-grown beer, and one that proves popular with locals and visitors alike.
Again, this beer can be ordered via Drouthy Drinks.
3. Keith Brewery – Larger Keith
‘Passionate about beer, not websites’ – so reads the copy on Keith Brewery’s online home. However here at Distilled HQ, we’re big fans of both Keith Brewery’s beers and their minimal online presence. Lovers of simple typography will admire their uniform approach to bottle-design, and fans of great beer will love what’s inside.
Keith Brewery make their beers using water from a private well. It brings a purity of character that is best captured in their Larger Keith. Like all the brewery’s offerings, it does what is says on the label. Taking the traditional idea of a Lager it adds big, bold flavours.
You can pick up Larger Keith throughout Speyside – we suggest calling into Gordon & McPhail in Elgin.