Not to be outdone by Michael's whisky-centric soliloquy (and accompanying naff puns) each week, every Wednesday Colin shall be penning his thoughts on his beer of the week, with the inaugural beer being chosen in honour of Rabbie Burns night, with the beer bottle featuring an image of the rather fertile Scottish poet and Exciseman (Burns fathered no fewer than thirteen children with five women!)
As Scottish beer and whisky was so popular and readily available in Scotland, frequently from the near convenience of a shed or outhouse, the ruling classes determined that it was a fine way to bolster their coffers and so began the ignominy of the Exciseman. This character would travel the high and lowlands with a complicated suitcase of measures to determine the gravity and alcohol content of the local beery produce. The neat classifications 60(Scottish light), 70 (Scottish Heavy) and 80 (Scottish Export) shillings were were an indicator both of the strength of the beer and also the levy due on its production. Breweries outside of Scotland have adopted the term 90 Shilling to donote the Strong Scotch Ale or Wee Heavy, but it is unlikely that Rabbie Burns would approve!