Last month I was in Scotland and spent 3 nights in Ayr. Of course I only made it to the Ayr brewing company on the last night. As it turned out, this was fine because the place is not very big and does not have a large selection. In fact only three were available.
The brewery is part of the Glenpark hotel so we cycled there from the camp-site and had dinner and drinks. One point, the food is pretty meh. There was nothing wrong with it but I would expect more from a hotel. This was greasy spoon territory. I had fish and chips and was reminded of Harry Ramsdens (shuddder).
I was here to try the beer though, the food was just an aside. I started with the Pale Ale. It was served from cask with a sparkler. It's nice and easy drinking with a thick and creamy body, almost nitro. Some grassy hops on the finish. Nothing exciting but it works very well and was downed quickly.
Scaur O’Doon (left) is a summer ale that is light and easy drinking. I thought it was a little like cask blarney blond perhaps (don't know it has ever been on cask?). It's herbal, like bitter herbal tea, not green tea but nettle perhaps. I rather liked it, there was a nice cereal and citrus quality along with that tingling spiciness that makes it an above average summer ale.
Jolly Beggars (right) is described as a best bitter. It's nice actually, packed full of caramel and earthy hops with a little citrus lemon. There was a little more fruit character to this one but I was quite impressed.
Where Arran produced beers that are more or less the same, Ayr produce beers that even though are a similar sort of style, they taste very different and each was made very well indeed.
I was only disappointed that there was no porter (Rabbies) available.