Harviestoun Brewery is backing International Stout Day on 5th November with an excusive online launch and tasting event.
For the first time, the brewery is rolling out its famous stout, Old Engine Oil, in five-litre mini-keg. It will be available in Harviestoun’s online shop, with next-day delivery around Scotland and the rest of the UK.
The brewery is also staging its first Instagram Live stout tasting event, hosted by its master brewer, Stuart Cail, and one of Scotland’s top drinks writers, Peter Ranscombe.
This will take place from 5.30pm on Thursday, 5th November, and will include a behind-the-scenes look at the brewery. Viewers will find out about the beer and how it is the perfect companion to a venison casserole or rich chocolate cake.
Stuart said: “We’re really excited to be celebrating International Stout Day this year by paying tribute to our very own craft stout. Not only is Old Engine Oil now available online as a mini-keg for the first time, but we want to encourage craft ale lovers far and wide to join our first ever Instagram Live stout tasting event on 5th November.
Harviestoun master brewer, Stuart Cail
“Old Engine Oil is beautifully engineered with premium roasted malt for a velvety mouthfeel. It’s proper vintage stuff. If you pull up at the brewery and open the car door, you always know straight away if they’re making Old Engine Oil. You can smell it. It’s such a distinct grist — roast coffee, with slight chocolatey flavours.
“We wanted to brew a strong beer that was rich and full, but dark. We also wanted a fuller flavour, so we used masses of roast barley and altered the temperatures of the process to allow some residual sugar to remain in the beer. What was left was full-flavoured and viscous, so we called it Old Engine Oil.”
Another of Harviestoun’s craft stouts is Ola Dubh, its 12-year-old whisky barrel-aged dark ale. Its base beer for the brew just happens to be is a 10% ABV version of Old Engine Oil. Ola Dubh, meaning ‘black oil’ in Gaelic, is matured in Highland Park whisky casks. The process is far from simple, but the result is a beautiful brew with complimentary whisky notes and a chocolate, roasty, and bittersweet aftertaste.
To take part in Harviestoun’s first Instagram Live stout tasting event go to instagram.com/harviestounbrewery and use the hashtags #InternationalStoutDay and #harviestounstoutday.