Stingy Beer Brewed for Borefts Festival

By Chris Black

Fyne Ales are delighted to announce that we have been invited to brew a beer for Brouwerij De Molen’s beer festival, Borefts. The iconic beer festival is viewed by many as the top beer festival in mainland Europe, and it is a great privilege to be invited to showcase our beer at the event.

The remit for this year’s festival beer was to create a beer using local ingredients that took influences from traditional methods of flavouring beer. Fortunately, being located in the middle of Glen Fyne, we had a wide variety of different ingredients that we could forage to flavour our beer.

Armed with the brief, our crack brewing team set about putting together some different options for the recipe. The initial thoughts were to use some of the berries that can be sourced within the glen but unfortunately there were not enough in season that could be collected. Attention then turned to some of the less obvious ingredients that could be used and the combination of nettle and bog myrtle was found.

Malcolm our head brewer set off on a mission to source the required ingredients one sunny Saturday morning. There are unconfirmed reports that he was spotted skipping through the meadow with a wicker basket under his arm.

With two sacks of the nettles and bog myrtle foraged he got to work making the brew. The beer is 3.8% ABV with a small amount of hops used to lightly bitter the beer. Then the nettle and Bog myrtle were added to the kettle giving the beer a distinctively fresh,  citrusy aroma.

The as yet to be named beer will be available in cask from the end of September, and will be launched at Borefts Festival on the 27th of September alongside eight other beers from Fyne Ales.

More details about Borefts Festival can be found here: http://www.brouwerijdemolen.nl/index.php/en/beerfestival/beerfestival.html