Fyne Ales Blog

New Brew News - March 2017

by Iain Smith

The start of 2017 has been busy at the Fyne Ales brewery, not only with planning exciting things for the year ahead (looking at you, FyneFest), but with producing some exciting new beers. Below are the details of some limited and seasonal release cask and keg beers you might stumble across in your local in the near future.

Orange Apeel

ABV 4.4%

A cask-exclusive session IPA brewed with whole oranges alongside Cascade and Summit hops for a big, citrus taste that gives way to a clean, bitter finish. With a recipe developed and brewed by Erasmus project participant Simone Appodia, this light, easy-drinking, golden ale is a well-balanced refresher.

Three of Clubs

Fyne Ales & Toccalomatto & Casita Cerveceria

ABV 8.8%

An ambitious three-legged collaboration with friends of the brewery, Toccalomatto and Casita Cerveceria, Three of Clubs is a heavily hopped Belgian tripel brewed using the same recipe in three separate locations (USA, Scotland and Italy). Named in honour of one of the three brewers’ favourite pastimes, the beer is a great example of a modern twist on the traditional Belgian style with golden colour profile, bold sweetness at the forefront balanced against a dry, hoppy finish.

Wee Heavy

ABV 6.1%

A limited release, cask exclusive, dark scotch ale. While the majority of the brew has been reserved for an exciting future project, the beer’s warming, rich flavour profile means it’s ideal for the early Spring months and we’ve made a limited number of casks available right now. With a soft chocolatey smoothness and a touch of British and American hops running alongside the caramel finish, Fyne Ales’ Wee Heavy is an excellent example of the traditional higher-ABV Scottish style ale.

Guava Sour

ABV 5%

At the other end of the scale, Guava Sour is a modern take on a full-bodied Berliner Weisse style, with an amped-up ABV and big tropical fruit kick thanks to the addition of over 22kg of fresh guava during fermentation. Available in keg now, Guava Sour is a light, sparkling kettle-sour with strong flavours of lemon and tropical fruit and a refreshing finish.

Razuberi!

ABV 4%

Another limited release coming soon, Razuberi! is a session wheat beer with a ridiculous amount of fresh raspberries added to give it a fresh, red-fruit kick. Razuberi!, the Japanese for raspberry, has been brewed as part of a partnership with Japan’s Craft Beer Market where it is known under the less exciting name CBM #4, but limited kegs are hitting UK bars from next week.

 

There’s plenty more beer to come from Fyne Ales in the coming months, so stay tuned to the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for exclusive sneak-peaks at what’s coming next. Keep a special eye out for a couple of bottle releases coming very, very soon.

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Now hiring: Packaging and Warehouse Operator

by Iain Smith

An opportunity has come up to join the Fyne Ales team – if you are a hard worker and enjoy good beer, then this could be the role for you. We are looking for someone to join the team on the packaging and warehousing end of our production.

The role will involve cleaning, steaming and filling casks and kegs with the best craft beers we can make, as well as responsibility for stock coordination and preparation for dispatch. Additional responsibilities will include occasionally joining the production line during bottling days and local delivery runs as and when required. We are always trying to develop as a team, and we are looking for someone who is interested to learn more about making outstanding craft beer.

The ideal person will be a hard worker, who is up to the physical demands of the job. You need to be accurate with a meticulous attention to detail to ensure that every single pint of beer that leaves our premises meets our standards.  You will more than likely enjoy good beer, want to learn more about the process, and enjoy working in a great team.  A driving licence and transport to get yourself to our location at the head of Loch Fyne is essential.

We are offering a salary of £17,500 for this role, together with membership of our profit share scheme, a modest pension contribution if you opt into the pension scheme and 28 days holiday a year, including statutory holidays.

Interested? Download the full role description and please email work@fyneales.com with a copy of your CV and a covering letter telling us why you are the right person for the job.

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Limited release: Mills & Hills - Prosecco Grappa Barrel Aged

by Iain Smith

Launching as part of the celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of Fyne Ales’ founding, Mills & Hills - Prosecco Grappa Barrel Aged is an exclusive, new version of our award-winning imperial stout.

In early 2015, we collaborated with Dutch brewing heroes Browerij De Molen to create a rich imperial stout flavoured with new world hops. While the majority of the brew went into 330ml bottles, a portion was reserved for transferring into a special barrel, with a long history.

Originating from France in the 1970s where it was used in the production of cognac, the Limousin oak barrel was subsequently taken in by a grappa producer in Italy. The cask was filled with a single-grape prosecco grappa in 1992 and left to age for nearly twenty years before being bottled for a limited-edition Gran Riserva release in 2011.

A few years later, the barrel made its way to the highlands of Scotland to be given a new purpose –aging our Mills & Hills. Having only been used for a single-fill of grappa, the wood retained a huge amount of character of the Italian spirit, which infused the beer with a rich, honey sweetness and complex, deep chocolate character over the space of twelve months.

Recently transferred into to five hundred bottles, Mills & Hills - Prosecco Grappa Barrel Aged is available from the Fyne Ales online store and brewery tap now, and from good bottle shops from Monday 13 February.

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