DRYGATE IS THE UK’S FIRST EXPERIENTIAL CRAFT BREWERY AND IT IS OUR INTENTION TO COLLABORATE, CURATE AND CULTIVATE. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET INVOLVED AND JOIN US ON THE ADVENTURE…
The Brewery launched in May 2014 under the seven-peaked roof of an old box factory (providing the inspiration for the Drygate logo). On the site of the brewery there is a restaurant, events space, sun terrace and bottle shop. The beer hall has a huge floor-to-ceiling window with a view of the brewery which means you can sit and watch the next batch of beer being brewed. You can also get involved and brew your own (the experiential element they tout there). You can find out all you could possibly want to know on their website: drygate.com. You’ll find specifics about the Gladeye IPA there too. You can also follow them on Twitter- they seem like a nice bunch: @drygate. Drygate is a collaboration between two much better-known Scottish breweries. Williams Bros (see here) and the C&C Group (Tennent’s and Magners).
What they say about the beer:
INSPIRED BY TRIDENT-FORGING CYCLOPS OF BRUTE STRENGTH AND SINGULAR VISION. SMOOTH CARAMEL CITRUS ZEST. GIANT IPA.
What I thought:
Firstly- easy on the CAPS lock, guys. The label is cool- Drygate have used Glasgow School of Art alumni for their artwork, and it is a nice touch, but on to the drinking…
Delicious. The Gladeye IPA is a very balanced beer, with lovely citrus aroma. There is some malty caramel in there. For an IPA, it was much maltier than I was expecting, with a rich mouthfeel. The knock-on effect of this was that it was also much less hoppy than I was expecting. This is probably because IPAs are getting hoppier and hoppier, and in comparison to what you might call by modern standards “an american IPA” this was a little underwhelming, and very British- maybe a bit more reserved than a brash American upstart.
If you’re looking for an easy-drinking 5.5% ale, then this is a great place to start.