Williams Brothers Brewing Co.
Address : Williams Brothers Brewing Co, New Alloa Brewery, Kelliebank, Alloa, FK10 1NU
Telephone No : 01259 725511
Web Site : www.WilliamsBrosBrew.com
Visitors Centre : No
Williams Bros Brewing Company is a micro brewery based in Alloa, Central Scotland. The company is run by Scott and Bruce Williams (thus the name), with a staff of 8. They have been brewing a range of esoteric ales in Scotland for over 20 years starting wth Fraoch - Heather Ale. Over the years more 'Historic Ales' were added as they learnd of their earlier existence and developed the various recipes, there are now 5 'Historic Ales' in their range which you can learn more about in the historic ales section of their website, (link above). The various places They have operated from are too varied and convoluted to go into in this introduction however, five years ago (summer 2004) they took over the brewery and bottling plant in Alloa and have gradually developed a range of beers under the 'Williams Bros' banner to complement their existing 'Historic' range.
Here are a selection of the Great Beers produced by the Williams Brothers Brewery :
The Tartan Pint
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Fraoch 5% ABV
Brewed in Scotland since 2000 B.C. heather ale is probably the oldest style of ale still produced in the world. From an ancient Gaelic recipe for "leann fraoich" (heather ale) it has been revived and reintroduced to the Scottish culture. Into the boiling bree of malted barley, sweet gale and flowering heather are added, then after cooling slightly the hot ale is poured into a vat of fresh heather flowers where it infuses for an hour before being fermented.
A light amber ale with floral peaty aroma, full malt charachter, a spicy herbal flavour and dry wine like finish.
Recommended with : Rich and Spicy foods.
Kelpie 4.4% ABV
Prior to the 1850's there were many Scottish coastal alehouses which brewed their own ales, these ales were made from local malted barley which was grown on fields fertilised with seaweed.
This enviornment gave the barley a very specific flavour which we have recreated by the inclusion of fresh seaweed in the mash tun. Seaweed (bladder rack) taken fresh from the water on the Argyll coast is 'mashed in' with the malted and roasted barley.
Kelpie is a rich chocolate ale which has an aroma of fresh seabreeze and a distinctive malty texture.
Alba 7.5% ABV
Introduced by the Vikings, spruce and pine ales were very popular in Northern Scotland until the end of th e19th Century. Alba is a "tripple" style ale, brewed to a traditional Highland recipe using the sprigs of spruce and pine colected every spring. This complex rich tawny ale is best drunk at room temperature from a wine goblet.
Eblulum 6.5% ABV
Elderberry Black Ale. Introduced to Scotland by Welsh Druids in the 9th Century, elderberry ale was part of the Celtic Autumn festivals where the ale was passed round the people of the village. This recipe was taken from a 16th Century record of domestic drinking in the Scottish Highlands. In medieval times elderberries were used for many natural remedies and are known to be high in fruit tannins and oils. It is a rich black ale with fruit aroma, soft texture, roasted grain and red wine flavour, with a gentle finish.
Grozet 5% ABV
From the Gaelic "Groseid". Since at least the 16th century Scots monks and alewives brewed indigenous drinks from cereals, wild herbs and ripe fruits. Tibbie Shiels green Grozet was immortalised by such Scots literati as Sir Walter Scott, Jas Hogg. (The Ettrick shepherd) and Robert Burns who considered it a most convivial drink.
Brewed with lager malt, wheat, bog myrtle, hops and meadowsweet then secondary fermented with ripe Scottish gooseberries.
A pale golden beer, with a refreshing fruit aroma, clean palete, fruity wheat flavour and crisp finish. Recommended with, light foods, pastas and salads.
Williams Red 4.5% ABV
Their award winning ales are produced without the use of artificial preservatives: this may result in a fine settlement or slight haze, which are quite natural, Serve chilled, pour carefully and enjoy.
Harvest Sun 3.9% ABV
Golden and morish! Whether you have been toiling outdoors all day to bring in the harvest or slaving over a hot computer, we salute your labours! To slake the thirst of all you folk in need of well earned refreshment we have created 'Harvest Sun': Golden in colour with a dry, crisp flavour and sweet, hoppy aroma.
80/- 4.2% ABV
A traditional Scottish ale brewed with an emphasis on the malt charachteristics. Lightly hopped, as is true to this style of beer, with fruity malt aromas and a toffeeish mouthfeel.
Ceilidh 4.7% ABV
A 'gathering' of ingredients from around the world: Hops from the Czech Republic and the U.S. Belgian pilsener malt, German yeast, and Scottish watertake their own good time to combine and produce a delicious, crisp, citrusy lager. Ceilidh is 'lagered' for a minimum of 90 days - similar to classic European lagers such as Budvar.
Good Times 5% ABV
Fresh, aromatic and satisfying, Good Times is a county pale ale, brewed with a delicious combination of barley, oats, hops, meadowsweet and elderflowers. Drink chilled with friends!
Joker premium pale 5% ABV
Created from a complex blend of malt and hops with the sole purpose of bringing a smile to your face. Joker has a fresh citrusy aroma and bittersweet, full flavour. By the way, you look great. (That's the beer talking!)
Midnight Sun 5.6% ABV
A black Porter style beer, created from a blend of malted barley, oats, roast barley and chocolate malt,balanced with a generous handful of hops and a wee bit of fresh root ginger.
Roisin 4.2% ABV
Roisin (pronounced Rosheen) tastes of all the good things a micro-brewed beer should (malt & hops) but with a distinct, delicate fruit aroma. Oh, and its pink!! It is best enjoyed chilled, but not freezing cold, otherwise we are wasting time and resources making it so good and flavoursome!
Seven Giraffes 5.1% ABV
Combines an electric blend of 7 varieties of malted barley with fresh cone hops from around the world, wild elderflowers and lemon zest to create a refreshing, aromatic and moreish beer.
A big thank you to the Breweries own web site, www.WilliamsBrosBrew.com for most of the information and images on this page. For a chance to find out more about them and buy some of their Great Beer then click on the link above.