Tryst Brewery was opened in early 2004 by Scottish Craft Brewer John McGarva who decided to take his real ale brewing skills from hobbyist to professional. Tryst meaning the gathering or meeting place is located in the small village of Larbert, up near Falkirk. Brewing takes place using a 10-barrel brewing plant originally from Berkeley Brewery in Gloucestershire. Tryst beers are available on a rotating basis in pubs, so it is good to catch them as they come around. Raj is a traditional India Pale Ale style recipe brewed with three UK hop varieties give a full body with an underlying malt flavour and strong lingering aftertaste of hops.

It pours slightly hazy orange/amber/gold with a good white head. The citrus and hoppy notes along with a spiciness come through on the nose. Taste is sweet malt caramel balanced with zesty citrus, orange, hoppy and lingering earthy bitterness. Smooth bitter dry hop finish and a great mouth feel. Winner at CAMRA’s Scottish Champion Strong Bitter of 2010 and took Bronze at Troon 2005 for Festival Red Tryst raj really is a beer I would come back to again. I had my first ever schooner of Tryst Raj at Edinburgh’s Red Squirrel Bar. It was an enjoyable pint and one perfect for a long summers day outside with the barbeque!

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