I had a quick look in at the annual Scottish Real Ale Festival at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh yesterday. It’s a pleasant, open venue for a beer festival compared to the more crowded Paisley event. I had perhaps, nine or ten half pints before I stopped counting and writing down what I thought of them. The best was a beer i’ve had a few times before, Bridge of Allan’s Glencoe Wild Oat Stout. This is a fantastically balanced and firm bodied oatmeal stout with a nice blend of chocolate, biscuit and coffee flavours. The worst by far was Cairngorm’s White Lady, a bizarre attempt at a cask Belgian style wit beer which tasted like Hubba Bubba in a glass; utterly revolting. The beer above is Cuillin’s Skye Ale, a fairly light bodied, highly nutty best bitter. Brew Dog, a promising young brewery from Fraserburgh were sadly absent; their casks didn’t make it for whatever reason.