Fyne Ales Blog

New Brew News: North West Hop Lager

by Iain Smith

We’ve always believed in making small, iterative improvements to our recipes to make sure our beers are the best they can possibly be, but sometimes it’s better to start over again. So with that in mind, we’ve torn down the Haus and built something new in its place – introducing North West Hop Lager.

Brewed in the North West of the UK using hops from North West(ish) New Zealand, our new 4.7% pilsner arrives next week. This isn’t your typical mass-produced affair – North West is brewed using two of our favourite new world hops, Nelson Sauvin and Motueka, both known for their fruit-forward characteristics.

The slow-fermented lager offers green grape, gooseberry and a whack of citrus fruits on the nose and in the taste, with a super-clean finish that will quench the thirst of even the most parched drinker.

We’re very proud of Haus Lager as our interpretation of a modern helles-style beer, so don’t rule out it making a return appearance down the line, but for now, keep an eye out for North West in the pub or at one of our many (many) events this summer. If you do give it a shot, let us know what you think of it on social media or Untappd.

Legal Disclaimer: Any similarity between the name of this beer and the offspring of any famous rappers is purely coincidental. Please don't sue us Kanye.

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Now Hiring: Part-time Brewery Tap Team Member

by Iain Smith

Fancy working at one the most beautiful brewery locations in the world? Now’s your chance!

Fyne Ales is seeking someone to join our Brewery Tap & Shop team on a part-time basis. The position offers around 20 hours per week (flexible), including the possibility of working weekends and external events.

We need someone energetic, enthusiastic and ideally passionate about beer to help tell our visitors about our award-winning beers, help them pick bottles from the shop to take home and lead tours around our two brewing facilities.

Ideal for someone located in the local area, the position will include training, but bar experience is preferred.

If you think this sounds like something you’d be ace at and you’re keen to learn more about what we do, drop us an email with a CV and a short cover letter (just a quick hello) to sam.bennett[at]fyneales.com.

Deadline: Monday 24/7/2017

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New Brew News: Fyne Ales X Brewdog Glasgow Shakers In Paris (& Revival Juice!)

by Iain Smith

We’re tight with the good people from Brewdog Bar Glasgow, we go way back, all the way back to October 2013 when we were invited by them to work together on the first of Brewdog’s Collabfest events in 2013to produce the acclaimed 48 Miles Later chilli black IPA.

So when they approached us with an idea to brew a special beer to mark their sixth birthday, we were more than happy to oblige. We worked with the team from down the road to create Shakers In Paris, a 6%, ultra-small-batch French Martini-inspired IPA brewed with pineapple, raspberries, oats and lactose.

We were delighted to have Ross and Leanne from the bar join us for the brew day; both first-time visitors to the brewery, they weren’t afraid to get stuck in, helping with every stage of the brew, starting with chopping a whole heap of fresh pineapples.

 

Of course, to sure we were going the right way with the brew, we had to knock up a round of French martinis during the boil and compare tasting notes. At 11am. Serious brewing business.

As is tradition, brewing guests are required to get their hands well and truly dirty by cleaning out the mash tun. With the size of our original brew kit, around 6% is the highest ABV we can squeeze out of a brew, so this particular clean-out took a fair bit of work.

We also had time to take the guys on a quick guided tour of the glen, giving the guys a run through the history of the brewery, the estate and how the land was being used today outside of brewing activities.

Shakers In Paris, whose name is inspired by both the cocktail origin of the beer and the hiphop playlist that soundtracked the brew day, has turned out really well - the combination of the oats in the grist and dissolved lactose capture the creamy-sweet vibe of the cocktail really well, with of course plenty of juiciness from the raspberry and pineapple additions. As it is an IPA, we've made sure there's a hop backbone behind all the fruitness, with Sorachi Ace and Summit used to ensure a satisfyingly clean finish.

We’re super excited for the beer’s launch on Friday 21 July as part of the bar’s birthday celebrations We. Are. Six. We hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it down, don’t worry as the beer will also be popping up at the following Brewdog bars in the coming weeks (with possibly a few more to be added): Stirling, Aberdeen Castlegate, Dundee, Glasgow Doghouse, Camden, Soho, Clerkenwell.

 

But wait, there’s more. The base beer from the batch was actually split into two separate brews – one infused with pineapple and raspberry for the Brewdog-exclusive brew, and the other given a week on a mixture of lemons, limes and oranges to become Revival Juice! – a citrus oatmeal IPA with a refreshingly sour edge that conjures up ideas of a breakfast parfait. Revival is going to be more widely available than its sister beer, so expect to see it around as well as popping up in some Brewdog bars.

Keep up to date with the latest by following Fyne Ales and Brewdog Glasgow on social and be sure to check out the full gallery from the brew day – Fyne Ales X Brewdog Glasgow – Shakers In Paris Brew Day.

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