Detour: Glasgow, SCO – Drygate Brewing
"DETOURS" is a travel series by The Hop Review. Being a weary traveler almost always calls for a reward at the end of the day–and we prefer it in the form of a pint. Here, we will document those beer breaks–as we travel the U.S. and beyond–with quips, photographs and Q&As. Cheers, to the adventurous beer trekker.
DRYGATE BREWING CO.
85 DRYGATE, GLASGOW G4 0UT, SCOTLAND, UK
Downhill from historic Glasgow Cathedral, Drygate Brewing Company is serving big, flavorful and modern beers to the local, Glaswegian community. From a tropical, mango pale ale to a hoppy lager, Drygate’s beers forgo tradition and opt for creativity. Building upon their core range of a lager (Bearface), IPA (Gladeye), rye IPA (Ax Man) and an apple ale (Outtaspace Apple), Drygate just launched a new can line with four styles; a West Coast-style IPA (Crossing the Rubicon), a breakfast stout (Orinoco), a mango pale ale (Disco Forklift Truck) and a IPL (Chimera). Like their beers, the illustrative and colorful package design for the bottles and cans reflect Drygate’s creative attitude.
Clean and sleek in design, Drygate’s brewpub is an excellent and inviting place to experience their beers. The ground floor interior space offers intimate and relaxed seating for two as well as room to accommodate large groups. Adjacent to the entry is also an in-house shop selling a curated selection of international and local bottles and cans. Head up stairs and there’s additional space for a private beerhall that also hosts weekly events ranging from open mic nights to monthly homebrew meetups. And when Scotland’s temperamental weather plays nice, the outdoor terrace makes for a great place to enjoy a few pints.
Along with their charming space, Drygate’s food menu is also on par with their tasty beers. Twists on classics like the beer-battered Bearface Lager Fish & Chips as well as a delicious vegetarian Sweet Potato & Chickpea Falafel Burger made the decision process a bit difficult when the entire food menu was appetizing. Whether nibbling on something small or seeking heartier fare, meat-eater or vegetarian, the kitchen offers something for everyone. With four days in Glasgow, we returned on two separate occasions for the savory food and the satisfying beers.
What We Drank
Bearface Lager: After enjoying the stained glass windows of Glasgow Cathedral, we took refuge in Drygate’s Bearface Lager. Crisp and clean in taste but packing a nice bite of hop bitterness and aroma, 'Bearface' was our favorite beer of choice while visiting the Drygate Brewery.
Photography provided by Drygate Brewing Company & LUX
Authored by Meng Yang & Tiffany Yang, collaborators for The Hop Review. The Yangs are designers and illustrators from Detroit, Michigan. They are the creators of the ‘DETOURS’ series and will be sharing their beer travels as they traverse the globe.