Inspiration for new ale comes from the past

• Innis & Gunn Rare Oak Pale Ale.

EDINBURGH beer firm Innis & Gunn claims to have been inspired by Scotland’s brewing past for its latest beer.

It claims to have sourced native Scottish ingredients for the autumn release of its seasonal Rare Oak Pale Ale (5.8% ABV).
The golden pale ale is matured in Borders oak casks before being infused with Sweet Gale from the West Highlands which is dried by the Secret Herb Garden in Edinburgh.
Dougal Sharp, founder and master brewer of Innis & Gunn, said: “The majority of oak used for maturation in the brewing and distilling industries comes from America or Europe.
“Scottish oak is more similar to its European counterpart in that it releases more tannins, which give spicier flavour notes.”