When you have famous beers, you don’t need famous people.

In Glasgow, we’re more about Penilee and the ridiculously high in calories sweet treats from Lees of Scotland but it may be that there is another lee that could become part of Glasgow culture.

Heverlee.

This is a Belgian drink that is trying to make its way into Scotland before it attempts to conquer the global market. Let’s face it, if it can make it here, it can make it anywhere.

Heverlee launches in Glasgow

Heverlee launches in Glasgow

The Get Around Glasgow team was privileged enough to be invited along to a tasting of the drink.

There are plenty of great drink and dining blogs, twitter accounts and journalists in Glasgow but we obviously come across as the sort of folk that spend a lot of time in bars. There were a good few Glasgow drinking connoisseurs present and when they post their findings, we’ll link you up but for now, you are stuck with our thoughts on the matter.

Heverlee launches in Glasgow

Heverlee launches in Glasgow

We cant say we are in the same class as the serious Glasgow drinking blogs (or even the same glass) but when it comes to drinking, we know what we like. In this regard, you can’t fault the astuteness and observational skills of the people behind Heverlee and we were delighted to make our way to the tasting, which took place in Bungo.

Turns out that there is an illustrious history of beer in that part of the world with the Abbey of the Order of Premontre brewing away back in 1129. This is over 200 years before Stella started becoming reassuringly overpriced for what it is. Also, if you have a penchant for that other drink Scotland loves that originates from an Abbey, this isn’t quite the same deal.

Belgian beers

Belgian beers

There has been a big focus on craft beers of late (especially from us) and Heverlee is a craft beer. The Brewdog site this week tried to kick off some debate about what actually constitutes a craft beer and one of the things that we think is that a craft beer should have a story. Even if that story is just really liking beer and lager! However, the story of Heverlee is an excellent one and one that Joris told in great detail.

We wont attempt to recreate his telling, you’ll find it on the website when it is relaunched but it has elements of rebellion, sticking up for the poor, standing up against the man, religious disagreements, legal findings and a burning desire to bring something back. This drink is made for success in Glasgow!

Heverlee

Heverlee

Turns out that there is a Scottish element to the drink as the creator Joris Brams has worked extensively in Scotland in recent years. At 4.8%, Heverlee trots a different path from what many of us think of Belgian beer. Its lighter, more refreshing and very smooth. It may not deliver the knock-out punch you expect from a Belgian beer but it contains a smooth taste and a very enjoyable texture. We’ll definitely be returning to this one.

We were then treated to a variety of other Belgian beers and some great food from Bungo. If you are on the south side, you should definitely pop in and it has Heverlee on tap as well!

Bungo food

Bungo food

We’ve pinned our colours to the mast time and time again on here and on twitter so it’s not as if folk don’t know that we like a drink or 8. We love WEST and what it offers in Glasgow and we are big fans of Brewdog and their IPAs.

We also love Williams Brewery and the affordability of products like Birds & Bees or Good Times in Aldi makes them a big hit for home drinking. We like plenty of other drinks though, with the Camden Town Brewery delivering some good options like Hells or Gentlemen’s Wit.

Heverlee

Heverlee

We also think a well poured pint of Tennents is still a fine choice, so we’re not the beer snobs that we sometimes come across as (keep your Miller and your Buds to yourself though). However, the Heverlee went down rather well and with one of our team having tasted it in Glasgow even before tonight, its likely to be a decent drink to add to your pintage portfolio. All in all, it was a great night, which was very informative…it’s always good to hear of a lager that is more than just about making profit for a faceless corporation.

If you want to follow Heverlee on twitter, you can do so here: @heverleebeer

Their website (due to be launched on the 19th of October, Saturday), can be found here: Heverlee site

And remember, as we say…in Glasgow, it’s always beer o’clock (please drink responsibly)

Its always beer o'clock in Glasgow

Its always beer o’clock in Glasgow

Our Beer o’clock t-shirts can be found here: Its Always Beer O’Clock