Hippo Taproom Hippo Beers opened in the West End of Glasgow a few years ago, quickly establishing itself as a decent bottle shop.Interior It has since branched out into beer events and festivals, so I guess the logical next step to showcase its wares was a bar. And so a smart new venture, simply called …

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Usher’s Russell’s Verdict Since discovering this basement bar about 1 year ago, I’ve spent way too much of my time and money in Ushers. It’s a spacious lair with comfy sofas, long wooden tables (think of Viking beer halls), good music and a lively atmosphere. Televisions run silent Horror Channel pith or popular sports, which …

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The Goth ExteriorOur Beer Man’s Verdict Undoubtedly one of the most picturesque pubs in Scotland – with an intriguing backstory – the Goth boasts a proud brewing heritage. Fowlers Ales were brewed on the premises of this historic Prestonpans establishment – and served on-site or taken away in jugs – until 1962. New brewing kit …

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Montpeliers Our Beer Man’s Verdict Some promising tweets suggested Montpeliers – not a place which had ever been on my beery radar before – might be worth checking out. Exterior So on a glorious midweek evening, I strode purposefully from Leith to Brunstfield. It’s a fair walk – like Blythe, I’m taking part on the …

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Salt Horse Our Beer Man’s Verdict The gestation of Salt Horse – although it was undoubtedly anything but – seems to have been incredibly swift.Exterior Blackfriars, just off the Royal Mile, seems to have been functioning – albeit with ominous signs something wasn’t right – until quite recently, and then a month ago a social …

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