My brother, Christopher, is in Scotland doing some heavy drinking. His simple review of “Dark Island” by the Orkney Brewery as “class,” is perfect understatement. The beer has twice won CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Scotland and proclaims itself “a standard-bearer for traditional Scottish ales.”

Produced with chocolate malt and wheat, the finish holds a smooth hop bitterness. Brewer Norman Sinclair believes his “Dark Island” the perfect compliment to red meat dishes. Christopher thinks it just fine for a relaxed session.

A good reminder that the Scots know more than just whiskey.

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