September 28, 2017 Beer, Glasgow No Comments

Koelschip Yard

Our Beer Man’s Verdict

Koelschip Yard is the new venture from the people behind the excellent Salt Horse, and represents their first foray into Glasgow.

It’s in a fine location in the southside of the city just round the corner from Lunchquest favourite the Allison Arms and a short walk from the wonderful Laurieston.

The exterior is nondescript grey – signage will be in place shortly – and I initially wasn’t even sure it was open.


That belied the warmth of the welcome, however, as the staff were endlessly helpful and cheerful.

It has a fairly traditional pub lay-out. Intimate and cosy, classy but unpretentious, it feels like a good fit for the area.

The name – koelschip is Flemish for coolship, a vessel used in the production of beer – tells you they are serious about beer. The offering, unsurprisingly, is similar to Salt Horse: a small but impeccable selection on draught – including a couple of cask lines – and bottles in the fridge.

Many of the beers from the lauded / hyped Rainbow Project – largely sours – are on offer when I visit.

Instead, I have an lovely IPA from Kernel showcasing Hallertau Blanc and Citra hops. The El Mariachi from Beavertown is even better: salty, tart, slightly savoury – complex but beautifully balanced.

The cask Darwin’s Origin from Salopian is fine, but is completely overshadowed by Black Flag from Dry & Bitter. It’s a hefty 13% ABV but – despite big, boozy, roast flavours – is smooth and easy.

A dash for the train back East cut my visit short otherwise I would have lingered longer in the Koelschip Yard’s under-stated excellence.

It’s enough of an attraction in its own right, but other interesting food and drink options nearby now make this part of Glasgow feel like a hub.

Address: 686-688 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 2QB

Written by BKR