The Fyne Ales brewery was recently treated to a visit from the team from Italian craft brewery, Canediguerra, who joined us for a long weekend in Argyll to plan a unique, trans-European collaboration brew. Flying in from the North of Italy, the four-man contingent lead by award-winning brewer Alessio Gatti arrived in Achadunan to finalise plans for an Italian-style beer to be brewed in the hills of Scotland.
Like many collaborations, plans for the brew began some months before our guests in Scotland. The Canediguerra guys had advised they had access to an interesting ingredient which has never been used before in a British brew – Italian grape must. A by-product of winemaking, must is a fructose-rich mix of the juice, stalks, stems and skins of grapes. Alessandria, where the Canediguerra brewery is based, has many vineyards producing wines using muscat grapes, known for their sweet, strong fruit flavours. As muscat wines are generally young wines, they can be produced year-round, and a vineyard adjacent to the Italian brewery was happy for Fyne Ales to procure a batch of must for our collaboration brew.
After some logistical hurdles were overcome (tax, duty and a lot of import/export red tape), the must arrived at the brewery in excellent condition, ready to be used to brew an authentic Italian Grape Ale (IGA). Just how the must was used and the final beer recipe we’ll cover in a later blog, so stay tuned for part two where we’ll properly introduce the beer and talk a bit more about the research, devising and brewing processes behind it.
Right now the beer is being prepared for bottling and we’re confident that the first leg of the collaboration has produced something special. Stay tuned to the blog and our social media channels (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) for more information on the beer’s release, as well as the second leg of the collaboration in Italy later this year!