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King Slayer by Loch Leven

Scottish Ale, 5.2%

An incredible, but true, story. In 1559 Gabriel de Montgomery, a direct ancestor of Loch Leven Director, Jamie Montgomery, accidentally killed the King of France, Henri II, in a "leisurely" joust.

This was particularly unfortunate as Gabriel was the Captain of the Scottish Guards and supposed to be serving as King Henri II's personal bodyguard. Oops.

Like Gabriel, King Slayer is strong and packs a punch.


The live tasting of this beer was on 12th November 2020 #BeerBods

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The Story

Loch Leven Brewery is situated in the centre of the old market town of Kinross on the banks of "bonnie Loch Leven". In 2017 co-founders Christie, Jamie and Gareth took to transforming a derelict building in the heart of the town into a brewhouse and taproom. Gareth has been in the industry for years, but all three had a keen interest in beer, and when the opportunity arose they simply couldn’t resist.

“We started brewing in the Autumn of 2017. Being canny Scots our kit was bought secondhand from a local brewery (the original Loch Leven Brewery) whose owner, one day decided to turn his hand to dentistry (as you do!). We brew using traditional methods and our beers are truly small batch and handcrafted. We still dig out the mash tun and have to jump into the wort kettle to remove the spent hops!”

Kingslayer Lifestyle

The loch itself is the largest freshwater, lowland loch in Scotland and since 1964 has been a National Nature Reserve, renowned for its waterfowl and wild brown trout. It’s also steeped in history and perhaps most famous for seeing Mary Queen of Scots imprisoned in Lochleven Castle in 1567. 

It’s this rich history, combined with hyper-local ingredients that have helped Loch Leven develop a range of beers with their own unique character.

“Wherever possible we source local ingredients. We use the finest Scottish water collected in reservoirs from the hills around the brewery. Our malt is sown, grown, and malted in Scotland and we believe we were the first brewery to be able to make this claim. We use whole hops grown in the UK and a few from Scotland when we can get hold of them.”

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For tonight’s beer, we have King Slayer, a traditional Scottish Strong Ale with a quite remarkable back story. 

In 1559 Gabriel de Montgomery, a direct ancestor of Loch Leven Director, Jamie Montgomery, accidentally killed the King of France, Henri II, in a "leisurely" joust. This was particularly unfortunate as Gabriel was the Captain of the Scottish Guards and supposed to be serving as King Henri II's personal bodyguard. Oops.

Like Gabriel, King Slayer is strong and packs a punch. Pouring a deep amber, this malt-forward beer conjures aromas and flavours of caramel and butterscotch balanced against a light bitterness from the British hops. 

 

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