Caledonian 80/ 4.1%

Since the 1880s beer brewed in Scotland had been categorised by the shilling wholesale price per hogshead, a barrel of 54 gallons. 80/- shilling beers were beers of the highest quality brewed for the markets of North East England and export. 80/- shilling or Export is comparable to the category of Best Bitters in England. The shilling system is recognised as one of Scotland’s contributions to the overall history of brewing. 40/- ale was a very light beer often supplied to farmhands. 50/- and 60/- beers were also reasonably light and mild. 70/-, 80/- and 90/- were progressively stronger, export- quality beers. The shilling system continued to be used to indicate the beers’ quality and was legally recognised in 1914.

Tasting notes

Brewed with three different varieties of hop and a multitude of malts, Caledonian 80/- has hidden depths. Satisfying and timeless, this beer is the essence of Scotland in a glass.

The definitive classic 80/- ale: full-bodied, complex malt and hop flavours, dry but spicy. Characterised by a superb creamy head and hoppy finish.

The russet-brown colour of autumn leaves. Robustly malty-fruity aroma, with suggestions of raspberry, smooth and creamy…. Very easily drinkable
Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter, CAMRA inaugural Champion Beer of Scotland
A predominately malty, tawny beer with caramel and roast notes throughout. Smooth and rounded with a sweet taste that dries in the finish.
The Good Beer Guide, CAMRA, Campaign for Real Ale