Thursday, January 8, 2009

Days of the Beer, January 8

The beer for today is Traquair Jacobite Ale.

On January 8, 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie occupied Stirling as part of the Second Jacobite Rising.

The Jacobite Risings were a series of uprisings, rebellions, and wars in the kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, between 1688 and 1746. The uprisings were aimed at returning the House of Stuart to the throne after he was deposed by Parliament during the Glorious Revolutions.

The Second Jacobite Rising was known as "The Forty-Five".

As to the beer:

The Traquair House Brewery is managed by Catherine Maxwell Stuart. The brewery opened in 1965. The modern brewery was originally an 18th century domestic brewery that made beer for the house and estate workers.

The famous Bear Gates guarding the approach to Traquair House, near Pebbles, have been closed since 1745 - when the last person to pass through them was Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Now, 250 years later, the ancient Traquair Brew House celebrates the Jacobite cause by producing this potent spiced ale to a traditional fine recipe. Sip slowly and remember the old toast to the "King O'er the Water."
Traquair Jacobite comes in at 8% ABV. It is brewed to celebrate the 1745 rebellion. The beer is spiced with coriander.

So, for the rebellion of 1745, have a Traquair Jacobite Ale.

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