Beer Culture

PHILOSOPHY

Beer, along with its cousin wine, has been with us since biblical times. For many they are synonymous with good cheer, celebrations, family gatherings, sumptuous meals or simply a lovely summer day. Anything so closely tied to our psyche deserves the utmost respect. “Beer Culture” refers to the way it is brewed, stored and served in different lands or venues.

The Germans serve a light pilsner beer, often in beer gardens or large halls, with sausages and an “um-pa” band.  Awesome! Dutch beer is normally slightly higher in alcohol content and often a bit darker.

American mass produced beer is similar to German, although more lagers are now on offer. All the above, however, are usually served stone cold.

English beer, by contrast, has much less carbonation, some might even say “flat”, and is often served a few degrees warmer than the others.  India Pale Ales (IPA) and Stouts are more popular there. Just a week’s exposure to fine English Pubs is usually enough to gain converts to this low gas, high density version of beer culture.

At Highlander we seek to please our customers first and then offer a choice or two that is less conventional.  We feature eight craft, generally local brewed beers on tap.  “Scottish Ale” by High Cotton, a Memphis craft brewer, is a near permanent fixture. If you find that one too "coffee" try their Extra Special Bitter (The Publican's favorite.) The remaining six are subject to being voted “off the island.” At the end of each month we will swap out the lowest seller for a craft brewed alternative.  The beer in jeopardy will be announced on this website, and in the Pub, with ten days left in the month. If it’s your personal favorite you’ll have to come often and “drink it back onto the island!”

We also offer a good selection of beer in the bottle to meet the demand of domestic mass produced beer fans.  But no pub is worth its salt without the undisputed heavyweight of stouts – Guinness!

“Stout” is dark Ale of slightly higher alcohol content. Because Highlander’s attention to detail is second to none our Guinness “lives” in its own unique environment. Most domestic beers, US craft beers and most non-British lagers prefer to be stored at 36 degrees Fahrenheit and carbonated with a gas mixture of roughly 20 percent Nitrogen and 80 percent carbon dioxide (as are ours). But to be at its authentic best, Guinness MUST be stored slightly warmer at 5 degrees Centigrade (41F) and carbonated mostly with nitrogen. That’s what gives it its creamy, persistent head and transports its wonderful full bodied flavor. Highlander’s Guinness is stored in its own special cooler, at optimum temperature, as close to the tap as possible, and carbonated by pure beer gas as specified by the brewer in Ireland. Even the method of pouring a pint, although somewhat time consuming, is adhered to in accordance with the specific instructions issued by the producer.