The Brewski Report Reviews Tennent’s of Scotland Lager And The U.S. Economy.
File Date: 4.2.2010
File Name: Toasting The U.S. Economy With A Scottish Beer
The Beer: Tennents of Scotland
Type: Euro Pale Lager
Stats: 5.0% AB
Brewer: Tennent Caledonian Brewery
Web Site: www.tennents.com
Country of Origin: UK (Scotland)
Brewer Info: By far the oldest Brewery in Scotland is Tennent Caledonian, which has been involved in the brewing business since 1556. Its flagship brand, Tennents Lager, has been brewed at the Wellpark Brewery in central Glasgow since 1885, making it the UK’s original lager. Other notable Tennents firsts include: first draught lager in 1924, first canned lager in 1935 and first keg lager in 1963 – there’s that famous Scottish innovation again! Wellpark Brewery was originally known as the Drygate Brewery. It was founded as H&R Tennent in 1740 at Drygate Bridge, near Glasgow Cathedral, by Hugh and Robert Tennent, although brewing had been taking place on the site since 1556, making it the oldest continuous commercial concern in Glasgow. Hugh Tennent’s sons, John and Robert, continued the family business, trading as J&R Tennent from 1769. The business expanded in the 1790s when the Tennent family purchased the neighbouring brewery of William McLehose, and renamed the 5-acre (20,000 m2) site Wellpark Brewery.
Brewer Brand Hype: Born in 1885, Tennent’s was the first lager to be brewed in Scotland, and has remained the market leader and one of Scotland’s favorite beers since then. Tennent’s Lager, has a distinctive, crisp and satisfying flavor with a fresh, bright appearance. Made entirely from natural ingredients, including the finest Scottish barley & the purest Highland water, Tennent’s beers are part of Scottish history and at the very heart of Scottish culture. Tennent’s is a distinctive well-balanced beer with sweet, malty flavors and a tangy hoppiness which give the beer a crisp, refreshing character. Tennent’s is best enjoyed with grilled meats and fish, feta cheese and Caesar salad.
Label: Tennent’s lager has been brewed since 1885 and is the Scots’ favourite beer.
The Brewski Review: I’m doing my part to help the economy. Are you? Our local appliance retailer was touting the ‘Cash for Appliances’ program which is the smaller version fo the widely infamous ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program for automobiles that has propelled the U.S. economy into the stratosphere. Since I missed out on the taxpayer subsidized car purchase program I wanted to get on board this train quickly. So, I decided to tell my wife it was time to turn in the Avacado Green range. Although supportive, she didn’t understand why: the dial timer and two of the four electric burners still worked. What would she do without the large burner that leans to one side, she sniffled. All the food conveniently rolls to the right. And, she added, the inconsistent oven temperature helps keep her culinary skills finely sharpened. Okay. Now do I really need the sarcasm? Anyhow, we were quite disappointed to learn that the program didn’t apply to ranges. ‘Only Energy Star appliances.’ said the retail salesguy - fridges, freezers, washers and maybe dryers (I don’t recall for sure since my eyes glazed over and my attitude went from ‘great’ to ’screwed’ in about a nanosecond.). We did end up purchasing both a range and overhead microwave (we couldn’t have a microwave that didn’t match the new stove). And maybe, since I’m not responsible for my own actions, a couple years down the road when I claim bankruptcy because I’m in over my head on my appliance loan, I can complain about how some unscrupulous salesperson put me in a range that was well beyond my mean. Then I can just sit back and wait for the government handouts. The reason I bring all this up is because I was drinking Tennent’s of Scotland while I was trying to install the overhead microwave. I thought it was a nice, crisp ‘Euro Pale Lager’ that went down quite nicely. A good summertime beverage worthy of six pack status.
Drinkability: Yes. Would drink it again.
Appearance: Light golden color with big head
The Buds: Crisp and light.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5.