Fyne Ales Blog

New Brew News: Ich Bin Ein Berryliner 2017

by Iain Smith

Despite what you may have read in beer blogs, bottle labels and a million Untappd check-ins, kettle-sours are not just “perfect for drinking on a summer’s day” – they’re perfect for drinking all year round.

Which is why we’re super-happy to let you know that Ich Bin Ein Berryliner is back, and back to stay. We’re adding our favourite fruit Berliner weisse to our year-round brewing schedule in both keg and bottles.

For the first 2017 batch of Berryliner, we tweaked the recipe slightly from the 2016 brew. It’s still a soft, sparkling and slightly sour beer, but with a much bigger raspberry kick. We upped the fresh fruit content on which the beer was aged by 20% to give Berryliner a more luscious, juicy, red-fruit flavour profile. Fruity, crisp, refreshing, no matter what season you’re drinking it in.

Expect to see the beer on draft from this weekend (including at the West End Beer Festival) and bottles in a couple of weeks’ time (we’ll give you a heads up on social).

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New Brew News: Fake Tan

by Iain Smith

Don't most people like to spend a bit of time soaking up the rays during the summer months? Stretching out by the pool, sipping a cold drink and maybe picking up a bit of a healthy glow to impress your workmates, friends and family? Of course, it can be a bit difficult to do any of this if you’re stuck in Scotland over the summer, but you can always fall back on a bit of Fake Tan.

Our latest cask special is inspired by the unpredictable weather we get on the West Coast of Scotland; it’s 4.7% beer designed trick the eyes and mind, just like those who indulge in a bit of artificial tanning (and it’s just as orange in colour). Fake Tan is white stout brewed with coffee, cacao nibs and toasted coconut – it’s got a dark beer’s soul, a light beer’s heart and the colour of someone who choose the wrong setting in the spray tan booth (never count Mississippi-ily).

The beer drinks incredibly smoothly – soft aromas of coconut and coffee are followed by a taste that is rich and full-bodied, with the coffee reappearing in the moreish, creamy finish.

Brewed in the original Fyne Ales brewery, Fake Tan is a small-batch brew that will be rolling out of the brewery on Monday. It’s one of the more interesting cask beers we’ve produced in a while, and definitely one of the tastiest, so be sure to keep an eye out for it in your local in the coming weeks.

Of course, you can follow us on social media as we often share when beers are tapped, and be sure to let us know what you think of Fake Tan!

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New Brew News: North West Hop Lager

by Iain Smith

We’ve always believed in making small, iterative improvements to our recipes to make sure our beers are the best they can possibly be, but sometimes it’s better to start over again. So with that in mind, we’ve torn down the Haus and built something new in its place – introducing North West Hop Lager.

Brewed in the North West of the UK using hops from North West(ish) New Zealand, our new 4.7% pilsner arrives next week. This isn’t your typical mass-produced affair – North West is brewed using two of our favourite new world hops, Nelson Sauvin and Motueka, both known for their fruit-forward characteristics.

The slow-fermented lager offers green grape, gooseberry and a whack of citrus fruits on the nose and in the taste, with a super-clean finish that will quench the thirst of even the most parched drinker.

We’re very proud of Haus Lager as our interpretation of a modern helles-style beer, so don’t rule out it making a return appearance down the line, but for now, keep an eye out for North West in the pub or at one of our many (many) events this summer. If you do give it a shot, let us know what you think of it on social media or Untappd.

Legal Disclaimer: Any similarity between the name of this beer and the offspring of any famous rappers is purely coincidental. Please don't sue us Kanye.

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