Fyne Ales Blog

New Brew News: Original Brewery, Kurgan & Atlantic Boulevard

by Iain Smith

We recently announced on social media that, after a few months of renovation works, the original Fyne Ales brewery was back in action.

The plan was always to keep the original brewery as an additional, supplementary 10BBL facility once the new 40BBL brewery was complete, but getting it working efficiently was proving to be a challenge, as the equipment aged and the building itself began to show signs of the thirteen years of hard graft it had put in brewing our award-winning beers.

In early 2017, we decided to close the original brewery down to make some much-needed improvements. The first renovation was replacing the original 2001 boiler with a steam-link to the one powering the new brewery. The second was to improve drainage – the building’s original drains had been installed during construction to support the building’s original purpose of being a dairy, so it was high time to get a better solution dug into the floor.

The good news is that these renovations are now complete and we’ve been brewing like crazy on the old kit, knocking out more beer than we can cope with (literally, one of the FVs was a right state last week as fermentation carried about a fifth of the beer over the top).

The first two beers out of the brewery are launching this and next week!

First up, Kurgan, a 4.4% traditional amber with a hoppy, bitter finish. We’ve had increasing demand for old-school styles in keg, so we took the base recipe of our award-winning cask ale Highlander, brought the ABV to a slightly more sessionable level and played with the hop additions to create a keg rival to our first ever beer. There can be only one. But probably not because we’ll keep making both for a while if you like Kurgan. Let us know.

Secondly, the first small-batch cask special from the original brewery in quite some time and the return of our series of American-style IPAs on cask. The Boulevard series will see the return of Sunryes (Rye IPA), Long Beech (Smoked) as well as a couple of new entries including the first beer – Atlantic Boulevard! The 5.6% Atlantic uses hops from both sides of the ocean in a trans-atlantic showdown, with the British bruiser East Kent Goldings facing off against the formidable tag-team of Simcoe and Warrior in a handicap match for the ages (and happy stomachs).

There’s a lot more beer on the way out of the original brewery (*cough*BrewdogGlasgowBirthdayBeer*cough), so keep an eye on the blog and social media for the latest.

 

P.S Our pals at Wild Beer Co rebrewed Cool As A Cucumber and it's tasting better than the first time round. Go find it.

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Save The Date: FyneFest 2018 Announced!

by Iain Smith

Just one month on from the biggest and best FyneFest yet, and we’re already planning to do it all over again in 2018!

FyneFest 2018 will be held across the weekend of 01-03 June 2018, with availability for camping until 04 June.

Since 2010, Fyne Ales has invited people to join us in our wee corner of north west Scotland for a weekend of the best beer, food and music we can muster. From humble beginnings, with 250 people chilling in the courtyard and sipping on Fyne Ales brews, to the biggest FyneFest yet in 2017 with over ten times the number of people and beers from over fifty different breweries from around Europe, FyneFest has grown and grown. 

We're excited about the ideas for improvements we have for FyneFest 2018, and exciting about hosting you again next June, so get the dates in your diaries, on your calendars and firmly imprinted in your minds because we can't wait to see you back in the glen.

Earlybird tickets will be available from November, with full price tickets on sale shortly aterwards!

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New Brew News: Summer Sessions 2017 & Summer Dawn

by Iain Smith

When we designed our state-of-the-art brewery a few years ago, we had hops on our mind. We wanted equipment which would allow us to get the very most out of the flavourful additions which make beer so varied and exciting. To this end, we installed a full-size hopback, perfect for infusing beer with bright, hoppy flavours during the brew.

The hopback has served us well, our champion beer Jarl is tasting better than it ever has, showcasing US hop citra at its best, and the rest of our range has been consistent improving over the last couple of years. We’re big believers that cask beer can be as good a showcase of hops as keg beers are.

We decided to try and prove this with a series of summer specials that are all about packing low ABV beers full of flavour – introducing the Fyne Ales Summer Sessions 2017.

Each month this summer we’re brewing a 3.5% pale(ish) beer, destined for casks, each with a mix of four different hops, each designed to be clean, refreshing and bursting with fresh hop flavours.

 

First up is Summer Dawn, a golden ale brewed using a hint of rye malt and oat malt to give a touch of colour and depth of flavour than ultra-pale ales. The hops we’ve chosen to showcase are an international affair, combining British Brewers Gold with a pair of American hops Apollo and  Centennial and completing the line-up with one of our current favourites, the Japanese Sorachi Ace.

On the nose you’ll find sweet citrus notes similar to candied oranges; taste is all tangerine and peach flavours before a dry, slightly bitter finish from the Sorachi.

We’d love to hear what you think of each of this year’s Summer Sessions – Summer Skies will be brewed in July and arrive in pubs early August, while Summer Dusk will be brewed in August for early-September drinking!
 

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