Fyne Ales Blog

Fyne Ales featured on Expedia map of UK and Ireland’s best breweries

by Iain Smith

Fyne Ales has been chosen by beer sommelier Melissa Cole to represent Scotland in Expedia.co.uk’s interactive map of best regional breweries.

The map, which also includes information about the breweries and their must-try ales, is aimed at travellers planning weekend breaks. With destinations throughout both the UK and Ireland, it is designed to inspire holidaymakers to get to know the food and drink in the local area where they are staying.

Award-winning author and writer Cole recommended the brewery along with two "must-try" Fyne Ales beers: Jarl and Sublime Stout. Melissa writes “perched at the head of the Glen Fyne, this family brewery has been consistently turning out some of Scotland’s finest beers for 15 years.”

The Fyne Ales brewery tap room, which offers brewery tours in addition to draft and takeaway beer, has become a staple tourist destination since its opening in 2012.

Throughout the year, Expedia will invite food and drink bloggers to develop original recipes inspired by the must-try ales as recommended by Melissa.

The full brewery map is available to view online on the Expedia website.

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New Brew News – International Women’s Collab Brew Day: Hopulence

by Iain Smith

Each year on the 8 March, the world celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women with International Women’s Day, while in the beer industry, women are celebrated for their achievements with International Women’s Collab Brew Day (IWCBD).

2017 was the fourth IWCBD, and Fyne Ales first year of participation; we’ve always been proud to have a significant proportion of hard-working, talented women as part of the Fyne Ales team, and even more so that the brewery was co-founded by a woman, Tuggy Delap, in 2001. When the idea to let the ladies of Fyne Ales take over the brewery to create our next Spring cask special was suggested, it was a no-brainer for everyone.

“International Woman's Collab Brew Day is so important as it’s a chance for women to showcase their talents as an ever-growing part of the beer industry,” explained Lynsey Campbell, a member of the Fyne Ales sales team. Office Manager Elaine Polanski said of the brew day "It was a really interesting experience, and an extremely rewarding thing to be part of along with the other ladies of Fyne Ales - I think we taught the guys a thing or two about team work!"

 

Named Hopulence, the Fyne Ales IWCBD beer is characterised by its use of new world hops including Nelson Sauvin and El Dorado during the brew. Both hops are known for their bold tropical fruit flavours, which were then complemented by a dry hopping with Lemon Drop, an experimental hop with strong citrus notes and a green tea, herbal character. “Part of my role at Fyne Ales has enabled me to engage more women in beer; big flavoured, fruity, hoppy IPAs were how I got into craft beer, and I wanted to make a beer that could have the same impact on other women,” explained Campbell, who created the recipe for Hopulence with the brewery team.  Ideal for sunny days in pub gardens, Hopulence is a delightfully refreshing, golden-coloured IPA coming in at a perfectly sessionable 4.5% ABV.

Available to pre-order now and rolling out to pubs from 27 March, keep an eye out for our one-off IWCBD brew in your local pub – the beer will be best super-fresh when the hops are at their most flavourful.

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Coming Soon - Fyne Ales X Canediguerra IGA

by Iain Smith

The Fyne Ales brewery was recently treated to a visit from the team from Italian craft brewery, Canediguerra, who joined us for a long weekend in Argyll to plan a unique, trans-European collaboration brew. Flying in from the North of Italy, the four-man contingent lead by award-winning brewer Alessio Gatti arrived in Achadunan to finalise plans for an Italian-style beer to be brewed in the hills of Scotland.

Like many collaborations, plans for the brew began some months before our guests in Scotland. The Canediguerra guys had advised they had access to an interesting ingredient which has never been used before in a British brew – Italian grape must. A by-product of winemaking, must is a fructose-rich mix of the juice, stalks, stems and skins of grapes. Alessandria, where the Canediguerra brewery is based, has many vineyards producing wines using muscat grapes, known for their sweet, strong fruit flavours. As muscat wines are generally young wines, they can be produced year-round, and a vineyard adjacent to the Italian brewery was happy for Fyne Ales to procure a batch of must for our collaboration brew.

After some logistical hurdles were overcome (tax, duty and a lot of import/export red tape), the must arrived at the brewery in excellent condition, ready to be used to brew an authentic Italian Grape Ale (IGA). Just how the must was used and the final beer recipe we’ll cover in a later blog, so stay tuned for part two where we’ll properly introduce the beer and talk a bit more about the research, devising and brewing processes behind it.

Right now the beer is being prepared for bottling and we’re confident that the first leg of the collaboration has produced something special. Stay tuned to the blog and our social media channels (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) for more information on the beer’s release, as well as the second leg of the collaboration in Italy later this year!

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