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Mills & Hills wins Supreme Champion Gold award at SIBA National Independent Beer Awards

by Iain Smith

On an outstanding night for Scottish brewing, Fyne Ales imperial stout Mills & Hills was named the UK’s best bottled or canned beer at the 2017 SIBA National Independent Beer Awards.

Mills & Hills, created in collaboration with Dutch brewery De Molen, was a winner of one of the three biggest prizes of the competition held in Sheffield. Fellow Scottish brewery Williams Bros also took a Supreme Champion Gold prize for its cask Williams Black, with other Scottish breweries including Swannay, Strathaven and Alechemy picking up gold prizes in a variety of categories. The Supreme Champion Gold keg beer award went to East Sussex brewery Burning Sky for their Easy Answers IPA.

“I’m delighted that Mills & Hills was won at tonight’s awards ceremony – it was up against some excellent beers. We brewed the original batch of the beer with our friends from De Molen a couple of years ago and it’s amazing that it continues to be recognised,” explained Fyne Ales Managing Director, Jamie Delap.

Mills & Hills is a 9.5% imperial stout. Pouring jet black, the beer carries flavours of rich dark fruits and molasses with a warming finish. It is available in 330ml bottles year-round as well as seasonally in cask and keg. A limited run of barrel-aged Mills & Hills was launched earlier this year.

Fyne Ales’ annual beer, music and food festival, FyneFest was also recognised by SIBA, being shortlisted for a Marketing Implementation award at the annual SIBA Business Awards.

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Fyne Ales featured on Expedia map of UK and Ireland’s best breweries

by Iain Smith

Fyne Ales has been chosen by beer sommelier Melissa Cole to represent Scotland in Expedia.co.uk’s interactive map of best regional breweries.

The map, which also includes information about the breweries and their must-try ales, is aimed at travellers planning weekend breaks. With destinations throughout both the UK and Ireland, it is designed to inspire holidaymakers to get to know the food and drink in the local area where they are staying.

Award-winning author and writer Cole recommended the brewery along with two "must-try" Fyne Ales beers: Jarl and Sublime Stout. Melissa writes “perched at the head of the Glen Fyne, this family brewery has been consistently turning out some of Scotland’s finest beers for 15 years.”

The Fyne Ales brewery tap room, which offers brewery tours in addition to draft and takeaway beer, has become a staple tourist destination since its opening in 2012.

Throughout the year, Expedia will invite food and drink bloggers to develop original recipes inspired by the must-try ales as recommended by Melissa.

The full brewery map is available to view online on the Expedia website.

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New Brew News – International Women’s Collab Brew Day: Hopulence

by Iain Smith

Each year on the 8 March, the world celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women with International Women’s Day, while in the beer industry, women are celebrated for their achievements with International Women’s Collab Brew Day (IWCBD).

2017 was the fourth IWCBD, and Fyne Ales first year of participation; we’ve always been proud to have a significant proportion of hard-working, talented women as part of the Fyne Ales team, and even more so that the brewery was co-founded by a woman, Tuggy Delap, in 2001. When the idea to let the ladies of Fyne Ales take over the brewery to create our next Spring cask special was suggested, it was a no-brainer for everyone.

“International Woman's Collab Brew Day is so important as it’s a chance for women to showcase their talents as an ever-growing part of the beer industry,” explained Lynsey Campbell, a member of the Fyne Ales sales team. Office Manager Elaine Polanski said of the brew day "It was a really interesting experience, and an extremely rewarding thing to be part of along with the other ladies of Fyne Ales - I think we taught the guys a thing or two about team work!"

 

Named Hopulence, the Fyne Ales IWCBD beer is characterised by its use of new world hops including Nelson Sauvin and El Dorado during the brew. Both hops are known for their bold tropical fruit flavours, which were then complemented by a dry hopping with Lemon Drop, an experimental hop with strong citrus notes and a green tea, herbal character. “Part of my role at Fyne Ales has enabled me to engage more women in beer; big flavoured, fruity, hoppy IPAs were how I got into craft beer, and I wanted to make a beer that could have the same impact on other women,” explained Campbell, who created the recipe for Hopulence with the brewery team.  Ideal for sunny days in pub gardens, Hopulence is a delightfully refreshing, golden-coloured IPA coming in at a perfectly sessionable 4.5% ABV.

Available to pre-order now and rolling out to pubs from 27 March, keep an eye out for our one-off IWCBD brew in your local pub – the beer will be best super-fresh when the hops are at their most flavourful.

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