A classic bitter ale that, as Rob once said, is suitable for drinking at any time of the day. Not that we at all endorse a lunchtime beer, save it for special occasions, but you know what we mean - this beer is light and refreshing. At only 3.6% it's one of our lowest ABV beers in a bottle.
Starting with a simple malt bill of British grains we build on this with rather a lot of soft, delicate and low alpha hops from the UK, Poland and Germany for a layered and complex ,yet still ever so refreshing hoppy finish.
Like most of our beers the flavours build and build the further through the bottle(s) you get.
Malts: Maris Otter, Best Pale, Wheat
Hops: soft British, German & Polish hops
Alcohol By Volume: 3.6%
Many, including CAMRA Champion Beer of Scotland.
The Scapa Special Box (free glass!)
SCAPA SPECIAL BOX
Our most popular beer, and for good reason!
Eleven Scapa Special 500ml bottles, plus a FREE branded Scapa Special pint glass, boxed and ready to go.
Scapa Special was the first beer Rob brewed at Swannay and in normal times is the one we make the most of. Most pubs in Orkney have Scapa Special on hand pump and in the summer months some sell 100s of pints per week - to locals and visitors alike.
For the first time ever in our history, in 2020 we had to brew a half batch brew size of Scapa Special to balance up the reduced demand and our requirement for stock freshness.
The demand did not dry up completely and some Orkney pubs have managed to take a regular weekly delivery for most of the year. Some south pubs have helped us too but the total litres brewed of our flagship pale ale dropped to their lowest level for a long, long time.
Here are 11 bottles and brand new nucleated Scapa Special pint glass to drink while remembering smooth and fresh pints in the pub in times gone by and imagine how good the next one will taste when things open up again (maybe even at the brewery!).
Captain's Taster Box
The Captain's taster box
Eleven of our finest maritime themed beers and a pint glass
3 x Starboard Porter
3 x Scapa Special
3 x Orkney IPA
2 x Duke IPA
1 x Scapa Special pint glass
This item used to come with a bar blade but they are currently sold out - no bar blade included.
Rob Hill Classics Taster Pack
Rob's original and still some of Swannay's best selling beers!
6 * Scapa Special (500ml bottle) 3 * Orkney IPA (500ml bottle) 3 * Orkney Best (500ml bottle)
Peedie Taster Box
MIXED TASTER BOX
Our most popular item, and for good reason!
Our selection of beers plus a branded glass, boxed and ready to go.
Not sure what to try, or want to try a wide range of our beers, this one is for you. No clicking around the website and checking your basket to get the best shipping rate, choose this taster box for a great range of Swannay beer.
Bottles and cans, pale and dark, low strength and high strength - beers of all styles are included and will vary depending on availability.
The beers you'll get (updated 11.03.21):
1 * Orkney Best (500ml bottle)
1 * Old Norway (330ml bottle) *bottle marked BBE Feb-21 but still tasting great*