Fyne Ales Blog

Extra FyneFest 2018 Tickets Released

by Iain Smith

A note from Jamie Delap, Fyne Ales MD

The response to this year’s FyneFest has been incredible. From the day that we put early bird tickets on sale to where we are today, the excitement and enthusiasm for the festival has been far beyond anything we’ve ever seen before – which is why, after some careful consideration and planning, we’ve extended Tier 2 ticket sales and increased overall capacity for FyneFest 2018.

The festival team have been busy working with our suppliers and partners to ensure that we can comfortably cater to a slightly larger audience – we had already factored a second campervan field into our plans for 2018, but in recent weeks we’ve also secured a larger main marquee, booked additional facilities, upped our beer orders, and contracted more staff to pour it throughout the weekend.

This isn’t a decision we’ve taken lightly, nor one we would have made if we weren’t confident that we would be able to maintain the same vibrant, family-friendly atmosphere that makes FyneFest what it is.

We want to share FyneFest with as many people as possible - from all of us here, a huge thank you for your support, we can’t wait to celebrate our biggest festival ever with you in June.

Jamie Delap

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Origins Brewing - Spring 2018 Collection Launch

by Iain Smith

Fyne Ales is delighted to invite you to the launch of the Origins Brewing Spring 2018 Collection on Saturday 21 April at the Fyne Ales Brewery Tap & Shop.


The launch will be marked with a one-day celebration of bold, adventurous brewing, with exclusive first pours of the three new Origins Brewing beers alongside rare beers from the Fyne Ales cellar and beers from our friends from around the UK and special guest bottles from Europe.

We’ve invited three UK breweries who specialise in experimental brewing with a sense of provenance to join us for the day, bringing with them special beers from their collections. Each brewer will offer a short talk on their beer and brewing processes with a Q&A following.

The breweries announced for the Spring 2018 Collection launch are (regularly updated):

Little Earth Project

Joining us from picturesque Suffolk, the remarkable Little Earth Project specialises in brewing historic, farmhouse & wild beers using wild and organically farmed ingredients from the local landscape. We’re very excited to have Little Earth Project’s Tom Norton on-site to introduce his daring, complex beers.


The Wild Beer Co

Longtime friends of Fyne Ales, The Wild Beer Co have been championing multiculture fermentation, unorthodox adjuncts and flavour-forward brewing in the UK since 2012. Their love of experimental brewing - using modern creative techniques and ingredients to brew diverse and historic beer styles - has created a range of exciting beers that, like we have set out to achieve in Origins Brewing, showcase a sense of place in every drop.

Dead End Brew Machine

Dead End Brew Machine is the brewing pseudonym of Chris Lewis, Glasgow-based gypsy brewer and yeast-wrangler. For over two years, Chris cultured his own strain of Brettanomyces, refining it using small-scale brews to develop a unique flavour profile for use in Dead End beers. Chris will be joining us to showcase his brett-forward beers and to talk about how to approach multiculture fermentation on a small scale.

Tommie Sjef Wild Ales (Guest Bottles)

Tommie Sjef is a fermentation and blending prodigy. Hailing from the Netherlands, Tommie produces small batch, barrel-fermented beers with strong wild yeast characters. Often augemented with fruit or other adjuncts, his limited-release beers are highly sought after and we're excited to have some for the Spring 2018 Collection launch.

Alongside the exclusive beer and talks, we’ll also be offering food and music to keep the good vibes going until midnight (license pending). 

Tickets are on sale now for £10 (+fees) which includes admission to the event, and Origins Brewing tasting glass and access to all the beers being poured and brewery tours lead by one of our team!


We’re also offering overnight camping at the festival for ticket holders (included in ticket price).

Join us for an amazing afternoon and evening of exciting beers!



International Women's Collab Brew Day & Dark Eden

by Iain Smith


On Thursday 8 March, some of the brilliant and inspiring women of Fyne Ales once again joined together to create a new special release beer for International Women's Collab Brew Day.

Dark Eden is a 4.6% ruby porter brewed with whole oats - it's smooth and rich and very easy-drinking and it's out in cask now. It's great and so are the women who brewed it. This blog is about them.


Yvonne Wernlein, Technical Brewer

"My grandfather was a brewmaster, my father is a brewmaster and I don’t have any siblings so I think for me it was an easy choice to become a brewer! In Germany, it’s still quite uncommon for women to be brewers - during my studies I was the only woman in a class of thirty and during my apprenticeship I was one of three in a group of sixty, but in the UK it seems to be much more widespread and that’s a great thing.

With Dark Eden, I wanted to create something very smooth, drinkable, not too hoppy and I knew I wanted to brew with oats, as I never had the chance to in Germany and I really like porridge. We had access to whole oats, husks and all, and I didn’t want to make it too roasty so we used chocolate malt and some crystal rye to give a nice soft body and ruby colour. I took a mini-cask home and everyone really liked it, so I’m quite proud of it!"

Tuggy Delap, Founder

"We had some empty farm buildings, and a lot of rain water and a desire to create employment in the glen, and given Jonny (Delap, founder) and the boys were drinking a lot of beer, it seemed like a good idea to me! I think they thought I was mad.

We worked as a partnership - I was the brewery’s driving force and Jonny was the brakeman who knew when to slow me down and stop me trying to do too much. Although I was never a brewer, I wasn’t afraid to get my hands dirty - I was the one loading up the trailer and delivering the beer around Scotland for the first few years!

I think it’s fantastic to have Yvonne on board - I don’t think she’ll mind me saying she has that level of German precision that can only make our beer better and I’m excited to try this year’s International Women’s Day beer."

Sam MacPhee, Credit Control

"I think it’s great that there are more and more women who are passionate about beer in the industry and, compared to twenty years ago, more women enjoying beer.

I think that what it means to be a ‘beer drinker’ has changed - when you see all the things that are going on with different styles and experimentation and food pairing and exciting flavours, beer is much more accessible to more people now."

Katie O’Donnell, Brewery Tap & Events Manager

"It’s probably the best time to be a woman working in beer. There’s still some things that we need to address and work on as an industry, but I can only see it getting better and better in the next few years.

I think we’re past the point where there’s a need to name beers after double entendres or put sexualised pictures of women on the pump clips - it just isn’t necessary anymore. It’s about being inclusive as possible and the excuse that ‘it’s just a bit of fun’ doesn’t really cut it when it’s not something that women find funny.

Brewing to me is a brilliant mix of manual work and technical thinking and processes - it’s a bit like cooking - getting to work with the other women of Fyne Ales for the International Women’s Collab brew was lots of fun!"