One of my best friends is a national home-brewing champion, and he makes the best ales you could imagine. And I am so lucky that he is not a stranger to sharing what he makes!
Homebrewers are like that! No sense making the stuff if you can't show it off.
There's nothing like a pint of real ale with your dram--it's one of the things I yearn for as I'm planning my visits to Scotland. I've mentioned many times here my fondness for Timothy Taylor's Landlord (and the appropriateness of Landlord being brewed in England, and Tennent's in Scotland).
I think I must have had the Arran brew somewhere, Ann-Helen, but I didn't mention them in my journal, during my stay in Arran this past October. I think the pub I was in had closed down the handpumps for the season. Cask-conditioned ale is highly perishable, and so needs to be turned over in a reasonably short time. And I'm sure I haven't had it bottled. The bottled beer is fine, but is a mere shadow of the fresh goods.