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Merchant Du Vin offers Traquair Ale.

Merchant Du Vin offers Traquair Ale

Specialty importer Merchant Du Vin, of Seattle, WA, recently announced some new additions to their lineup. The additions include Traquair House Ale, a Scotch Ale brewed by a small traditional brewery in the south of Scotland. The brewery is located beneath the chapel in Scotland's oldest inhabited house, Traquair House in Pebbleshire, Scotland. The late Laird of Traquair, Peter Maxwell Stuart, revived his family's brewing tradition at the house when he inherited it in 1965. With his recent passing, the tradition will be carried on by his wife and daughter.

The ale is considered one of the finer traditional Scotch Ales, similar to those consumed by the Stuart's ancestor, Bonnie Prince Charlie (who last visited Traquair in 1745, just after the battle of Culloden). The ale received a four-star rating in Michael Jackson's Pocket Guide to Beer. Of the ale, Jackson says, "rich and full, but with its sweetness balanced by oaky dryness." According to Merchant Du Vin president Charles Finkle, the ale should be available by mid-summer.

Another soon-to-be-introduced product from Merchant Du Vin is McAndrews Dry Scot Extra Stout, which will be available in 12- and 17-oz. bottles late in the summer.

In other developments, Merchant Du Vin's French offering, Brasseurs Biere de Paris, will be re-offered in a corked 750 ml. bottle. Brasseurs has been rated highly by beer critics and should be available at the end of June. And, in another packaging change, Pinkus Muller Home Brew House will offer their Pilsner, Weizen and Alt in 11.2-oz. bottles, instead of the previous 17-oz. European bottle. The Weizen, however, will continue to be offered in the 17-oz. package.
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Title Annotation:importer Merchant Du Vin
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Jul 9, 1990
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