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It sounds so simple. Barley, Hops, Yeast and Water.
But from these four ingredients can come over a hundred different styles - each with its own proper glassware, serving temperature and even suggested food pairings!
What follows is a (by no means exhaustive) guide to the beer basics, which should give you a head start in buying your next bottle
WHAT TO DRINK ON YOUR BURN'S NIGHT SUPPER?
Whether you are planning an all-out celebration of all things Scottish, complete with readings of Robbie Burns' famous verse, heaped plates of haggis, neeps and tatties and kilt-clad ceilidh dancing or something altogether more low-key, Burns night is an excellent excuse to sample some of the fabulous food and drink produced by our northerly neighbours.
From the humble base of barley, Scotland's master distillers are able to conjure a vast array of spirits - some intense, medicinal and full of smoke; others with almost sprightly light fruitiness.
While the subregions of Scotland are associated with differences in flavour - the characteristic smokiness of Islay malts, for example, or the mellow richness of Speyside whisky, it would be wrong to take these traditions as unwavering laws.
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