The Cascade Brewing Barrel House has announced Scottish Week!  From Scottish twists on favorite beer styles, to new food offerings for the week, the Barrel House is serving up some delicious treats for Portlanders. Check out the details below. I've got my eye on that soured McShagger for tomorrow night's Tap It Tuesday! From the official press release:

Mo chairdean choir (my dear friends), it's Scottish Beer Week at the Barrel House, and as a toast to your good health, we'll be serving up a variety of Scottish beers all week long!

Join us for

  • Mc Shagger Strong Scotch, a seasonal offering from the brewers designed to cut the chill and warm from within. Sweet malts with hints of chocolate and smoked peat greet you in the nose. Dark malts and hints of molasses and chocolate on the palate lead to a creamy finish with notes of peat and whiskey (7.9% ABV, $5 teardrop);
  • Lil' Bo Peat, a peated Scotch blonde that features light sweet malts and grains that greet you in the nose. Soft grasses and grains lend a creaminess to the palate that leads to a light, sweet crisp finish with notes of hop spice (5.6% ABV, $4.5 Imperial pint);
  • Black Sheep Stout, an easy drinking stout designed to shepherd you at any time on your beer journey, be that breakfast, lunch or supper. Sweet chocolate and roasted malts greet you in the nose. Smooth round notes of coffee and roasted barley on the palate lead to a creamy dark malt finish with a slight spiced hop bite that lingers like fog in the Highlands (5.8% ABV, $4.5 Imperial pint); and
  • Scottish IPA, an off-kilter seasonal from the brewers that's a showcase for Calypso, Citra and Sorachi Ace hops. Dark citrus, hop spice and caramel malts greet you in the nose. Light peppery notes and a slight hop burn on the palate lead to a lingering hop presence that leaves you wanting more, much like a bagpiper's last note (6.8 % ABV, $4.50 Imperial pint).

In keeping with the theme, tomorrow's Tap It Tuesday at 6 pm is Soured Mc Shagger, a Northwest style sour Scottish ale that was barrel aged for 12 months in French oak. Smoke, peat and caramel malts greet you in the nose. Rich dark caramel, dark breads, peat and a hint of smoke on the palate are followed by a sweet dark candy finish that ends with a crisp dryness that lends itself to another sip for further contemplation (8.9% ABV, $6.50 glass).

Chef Troy has created some delicious specials for this week to pair with our Scottish beers, including: Lamb Shepherd's Pie featuring braised lamb, celery, onion, carrot, mushroom, peas & corn in a rich red wine sauce and topped with creamy mashed potatoes ($5.5); Scottish Egg Deconstructed - breaded pork sausage topped with a barrel-brined hard boiled egg, whole grain mustard hollandaise & sweet roasted beet relish ($4.5); and Mixed Berry Irish Cream Trifle, a layered individual dessert with Irish cream-soaked pound cake, vanilla custard, tart mixed berry jelly & whipped cream ($4). Soup of the week is Chicken Leek. We'll also be offering white & dark chocolate nibs for $1.

Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd duibh (Great health and every good blessing to you)!