A novel address to a haggis

• Beer is a major focus for the owners of The Anderson in Fortrose.
• Beer is a major focus for the owners of The Anderson in Fortrose.

A HIGHLAND bar and restaurant is set to celebrate Burns Night in style this weekend when it serves customers its very own haggis beer.

A collaboration between Fortrose outlet The Anderson and nearby brewery Cromarty Brewing Co, the 5% ABV red rye beer, called Chieftain, will only be served at The Anderson on Saturday January 25.
Cask conditioned, the beer is spiced with ingredients from chef and co-owner Anne Anderson’s haggis recipe, which includes black pepper, mace, coriander and nutmeg.
For one night only, the beer will be served in The Anderson’s pub, whisky bar and dining room and has been created specifically to accompany Anne’s haggis dish, which will be available to diners on the night.
“Cooking spices were used for thousands of years in virtually every beer recipe,” said resident Anderson brewer and co-owner Jim Anderson, who created the beer with Cromarty brewer Craig Middleton.
“This was the case until hops, with their unique preservative and bittering qualities, came into common use around the 13th century.
“Many of today’s microbreweries, however, are re-discovering the complexity that cooking spices can lend to a beer.”
Chieftain is the latest of several collaborations between the two brewers.
Previous Anderson and Middleton beers have included Peace Pipe, an IPA brewed with tobacco-smoked malt and maple syrup, and Chilly Chappy, a pale ale made in the style of a German Eisbock. Cromarty’s regular range includes Happy Chappy and Red Rocker.