Fyne Ales Blog

New Brew News: Workbench Second Draft

by Iain Smith

Let’s start with a confession – we nearly killed the Workbench IPA project after First Draft. The beer was so well received that we were very tempted to make it a core range beer on the strength of the feedback alone. Not only is it our highest-rated special of the year, but in a second round of blind tastings, it almost unanimously beat every beer that we put it up against. Not bad for a first go.

However, the aim of the project wasn’t only to find a replacement for Sanda Blonde. When we started the Workbench IPA project we set out to learn more about hops - their flavour combinations and how they can be used – and with that in mind, we’re excited to drop some details for Workbench IPA Second Draft, launching on keg tonight and in bottles in a couple of weeks’ time.

Workbench #2 is the first Fyne Ales beer brewed using Cryo Hops®, concentrated lupulin of whole-leaf hops containing resins and aromatic oils. 2017 has seen a huge growth in the use of hops powders, which if used correctly can not only impart beers with stronger flavours, but also allow for higher efficiency in the brew process.

We really enjoyed the character that Mosaic imparted into Workbench #1 (and so did everyone else, apparently), so we decided on Mosaic powder for the second instalment in the series. Using our fullsize hopback, we recirculated the powder through the wort alongside whole-leaf Simcoe hops several times to ensure the powder was given ample opportunity to do its thing.

The dry-hopping combination of Columbus and Ekuanot (T90 pellets) was chosen to give Second Draft a distinctly different overall flavour profile to its predecessor. While there’s still a solid fruit profile with peach on the nose and sweet melon and grape on the taste, the Columbus and Mosaic combined give a much more resinous, dank edge to the flavours.

Once again, we want your notes on this beer – what you like and what you don’t. Please, send us a tweet, a Facebook message or check Second  Draft in on Untappd or Ratebeer so we can see what you think about the beer. The more feedback we get, the better WB3 and the final IPA will be!

It’d be remiss of us not to thank Kev Grey once more for his beautiful hand-drawn label art, this time in a lovely shade of dark red.

Keep in touch, and enjoy Workbench Second Draft.

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New Brew News: Ich Bin Ein Berryliner 2017

by Iain Smith

Despite what you may have read in beer blogs, bottle labels and a million Untappd check-ins, kettle-sours are not just “perfect for drinking on a summer’s day” – they’re perfect for drinking all year round.

Which is why we’re super-happy to let you know that Ich Bin Ein Berryliner is back, and back to stay. We’re adding our favourite fruit Berliner weisse to our year-round brewing schedule in both keg and bottles.

For the first 2017 batch of Berryliner, we tweaked the recipe slightly from the 2016 brew. It’s still a soft, sparkling and slightly sour beer, but with a much bigger raspberry kick. We upped the fresh fruit content on which the beer was aged by 20% to give Berryliner a more luscious, juicy, red-fruit flavour profile. Fruity, crisp, refreshing, no matter what season you’re drinking it in.

Expect to see the beer on draft from this weekend (including at the West End Beer Festival) and bottles in a couple of weeks’ time (we’ll give you a heads up on social).

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New Brew News: Fake Tan

by Iain Smith

Don't most people like to spend a bit of time soaking up the rays during the summer months? Stretching out by the pool, sipping a cold drink and maybe picking up a bit of a healthy glow to impress your workmates, friends and family? Of course, it can be a bit difficult to do any of this if you’re stuck in Scotland over the summer, but you can always fall back on a bit of Fake Tan.

Our latest cask special is inspired by the unpredictable weather we get on the West Coast of Scotland; it’s 4.7% beer designed trick the eyes and mind, just like those who indulge in a bit of artificial tanning (and it’s just as orange in colour). Fake Tan is white stout brewed with coffee, cacao nibs and toasted coconut – it’s got a dark beer’s soul, a light beer’s heart and the colour of someone who choose the wrong setting in the spray tan booth (never count Mississippi-ily).

The beer drinks incredibly smoothly – soft aromas of coconut and coffee are followed by a taste that is rich and full-bodied, with the coffee reappearing in the moreish, creamy finish.

Brewed in the original Fyne Ales brewery, Fake Tan is a small-batch brew that will be rolling out of the brewery on Monday. It’s one of the more interesting cask beers we’ve produced in a while, and definitely one of the tastiest, so be sure to keep an eye out for it in your local in the coming weeks.

Of course, you can follow us on social media as we often share when beers are tapped, and be sure to let us know what you think of Fake Tan!

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