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Fyne Ales’ Jarl wins Silver for golden ales at Champion Beer of Britain 2017

by Iain Smith

Fyne Ales’ flagship pale ale, Jarl, has taken home the Silver award in the golden ales category of this year’s Champion Beer of Britain competition at the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF).

Organised by CAMRA, the Champion Beer of Britain is a landmark competition in the real ale calendar, pitting the UK’s finest cask beers against each other in several rounds of blind tastings.

This is the first award for Jarl in the competition since 2013, when it took home the overall Bronze medal in the competition. Head Brewer Malcolm Downie attributes the win to the continued improvements to the beers that are continuously being made in Fyne Ales; state-of-the-art brewery, “all our beers are improving thanks to the setup we have in the new brewery, with Jarl also benefiting from the excellent quality of the Citra hops we received from the latest crop.”

The beer will pour at the GBBF at Bar B5 until Saturday, or until it runs out. Be sure to stop by to sample our popular 3.8% pale if you’re down at the Olympia in the next few days.

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New Brew News: Sunset Blvd 2017

by Iain Smith

Although separated by five thousand (ish) miles, the Fyne Ales estate and California are basically the same. Sure, they get a bit more sun than we do, and we’ve got a few more cows than they have, but both places are famous for their quality beers.

So with that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to Sunset Blvd, our new special which blends the best of both worlds – bold hoppy West Coast flavours in a delightfully cask-conditioned pint. The second entry in this year’s Boulevard series, Sunset is a proper West Coast pale ale, brimming with three of the big guns from stateside – Citra, Amarillo and Summit.

If you caught last year’s Sunset Blvd, you might remember a different hop bill to the ones mentioned above – with the Blvd Series we want to switch up recipes each year around each beer’s central theme.

The three-hop blend in Sunset is all about chunky fruit flavours – peach vs lemon, tangerine vs apricot and just the right touch of bitterness in the finish to keep it moreish, but give it an edge.

Available in cask from next week, expect to see Sunset Blvd in your local in the coming weeks, and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it on our social media or Untappd.

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New Brew News: Summer Skies (Summer Sessions)

by Iain Smith

It was 27°C in the glen on Tuesday. Skies were blue, the sun was shining and there was barely a cloud for miles. Perfect conditions for snapping some photos of our next Summer Sessions cask special. We didn’t though. We ran out of time and put it off until today. It’s raining today.

But hey, who cares if it’s raining when you can drink a pint of sunshine in the form of Summer Skies?

Part two of this year’s Summer Sessions series, Summer Skies is an ultra-pale ale featuring a combination of four hops, meaning that despite its 3.5% ABV, it’s absolutely bursting with refreshing flavour.

As with Summer Dawn, Sorachi Ace is the backbone of the hope profile – we’re super into its dry bitterness that ensures a short, refreshing finish and Centennial also returns as an aroma hop (though slightly reduced in volume). Eureka and El Dorado are the two new hop variants introduced to the series with Summer Skies, both designed to complement the super-simple malt bill that gives the beer its pale yellow colour.

Flavour-wise, expect lots of floral notes up front as well a touch of citrus that gives way to sweet tropical fruits. The finish, typical of Sorachi-bittered beers, is short and refreshing.

We’d love to hear what you think of Summer Skies, so keep an eye out for it from next week, and don’t forget that Summer Dusk will be heading your way in early September.

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