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Let’s celebrate Saint Andrew!

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The 30th of November is a very special day for Scotland, since Saint Andrew is celebrated and it is the national day of Scotland. Although they have not achieved independence, Scots, true to their customs, will go out on the streets to celebrate this day with parades, music and, of course, drink.

This day is celebrated with great fervour and patriotic exaltation, and the famous flag with the X (St. Andrews Cross) is taken out to the streets to venerate St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. Traditional parades are everywhere, especially in large cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh. The participants in the parade wear traditional kilts and bagpipes with the oldest tunes.

On this day it is essential to celebrate in pubs and at home with the best Scotch whisky, the traditional drink of the place. The origin of whisky in Scotland is old, since it goes back to the IV or V century, and it’s due to the monks who firstly performed the distillation of this drink. In the nineteenth century its use becomes more popular and spread to many countries.

In addition to whisky, on this day the pubs are filled with people who tasting beer, also totally traditional in the UK. The best known and drunk beers on Saint Andrew are ales, dark and malt- flavoured beers. These include Belhaven, Tennents and Caledonian. And if you do not want to drink alcohol, Scots toast with Irn-Bru, a popular soft drink.

During this festival take place music-related activities, food fairs, exhibitions and shows, as well as religious meetings in honour of the patron.

With such a celebration, drinking a glass of the best Scotish whiskies or a bottle ale beer is a must, isn’t it? We strongly reccomend you: 

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The Famous Grouse 1L

 

 

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Grant’s 1L

 

 

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Dark Island Reserve 75cl

 

 

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Belhaven Scottish Stout 50cl

Types of yeast for beer

 - Yeast is an essential element to elaborate beer, since thanks to it the sugars turn into alcohol. In the process of brewing it usually stays at the bottom of the maturation tanks, depending on its kind.

Benefits of the yeast

It is often said that beer is good for health. And in good measure and with no abuse, it is true, as it has many and distinct advantages to the organism. Among the most notable, medicine recognize that it helps people with some anemia, it controls weight and provides many proteins.

In addition, the yeast purifies the skin, contains iron, vitamin B and it’s rich in folic acid, strengthening the body in times of our lives when we are stressed and spend a lot of energy.

Types of yeast

Currently, there are two types of yeast, Ale and Lager.

The Ale is also called as surface or high fermentation yeast at room temperature up to 25° C. It is typically used for home and artisan brewing essentially. While using it rises to the surface during fermentation. The result is a beer with body, with some notes of fruit and pure flavor.

The Ale yeast is often used for the production of some known beers, such as Pale Ale, Porter, wheat beers… this type of yeast is more popular and traditional, and is the one used for centuries before the appearance of Lager.

For its part, the Lager yeast or low fermentation yeast is used in temperatures up to 15° C approximately. In this case, it falls to the bottom of the fermentor during the fermentation step.

It is preferably used for industrial beers, most common, widespread and commercial. With it we obtain beers such as Marzen, Pilsners, Dortmunders and Dobel Bocks, among others.

¿Want a beer? We recommend 2 of the most classic:

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Delirium Tremens, slightly bitter and fruity, its range of flavors belies its high alcohol content.

 

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Duvel, fruity, with aromas close to white wine and also to be taken with caution (8.5% ABV)