Saturday, 29 August 2009

What do they call Scotch Ale in Scotland?

Here are some labels from 1954. Spot the difference.

The No. 1 beer sent to a bottler in England gets the label "Strong Scotch Ale". For the Scottish market, it's just "Strong Ale."

When No. 1 went to Ireland, it was Barley Wine.

Make of that what you will.


  1. M. J. O'Neill of 2 Suffolk Street Dublin is still a pub. They have a great collection of old Irish breweriana.

  2. Do they have any customers who remember No. 1 Barley Wine?

  3. I doubt it. I was in last night, funnily enough. I don't think it's much of a regulars' bar, being right in the middle of Dublin and absolutely enormous.

    Their range of draught beers is mind-crogglingly enormous, to the point of obsessive-compulsive, and I think they have a policy of never serving anything in the correct branded glass. But Galway Hooker from a Smithwick's glass is still damn tasty.