Fyne Ales Blog

Tea Beer Collaboration with Eteaket Teas

by Chris Black

A couple of weeks ago we managed to find a little space in our busy brew schedule for 20 barrels of a special beer. The chance to brew something new and to do an experiment got the creative juices going. We figured it was a good opportunity to have an experiment so we decided to split the batch into three completely different beers.

The first job was deciding what the base beer for this experiment should be, and after much deliberation a 4% pale ale was chosen. Recently a lot of our special beers, such as Landslide, have used big new world hops so the brewers decided to turn things a bit on their head a bit and use only British hops in this beer.

Our extensive hop store was raided and a blend of Bramling Cross, Pioneer and Phoenix was selected. The beer received a heavy dry hopping of Phoenix on the end to make sure it was packed with great flavour from those all British hops. With so much Phoenix hops going in it seemed logical to call this beer From The Ashes.

Now that we had our base beer we then wanted to have a bit of fun and do something we have never done before, an experiment with different teas. We called our friends at Eteaket Teas in Edinburgh and set up collaboration. After a few discussions, Sarah from Eteaket sent us over six different teas to experiment with and we duly did some overnight cold infusions in water. The smells and tastes from the infusions were stunning and following lots of tasting we narrowed it down to three potential teas. To make the final decision we did another round of cold infusions, this time a bit more scientifically in beer. Eventually we decided to use Eteaket’s Bollywood Dreams Chai and Blooming Marvelous tea blends to give the beers a completely different dimension.

Bollywood Dream Chai is an intense and spicy tea that is made with a blend of high quality black tea with aniseed, cinnamon, fiery ginger, black pepper, cloves and chicory root. The resulting beer, called Chai.P.A, has a powerful aroma of spices with a hint of liquorice and a flavour that takes on lots of the aromatic chai flavours.

The Blooming Marvellous blend is flavoured with Sencha green leaf, mallow and sunflower petals, rosebuds, vanilla and fresh tangy dried fruit. This blend has big fruity aroma with gives the beer, Blooming Brew, a uniquely sweet and fruity flavour.

All three beers; From The Ashes, Chai.P.A and Blooming Brew will be launched on Wednesday 7th of May in the fantastic Holyrood 9A in Edinburgh by Eteaket and the Fyne Ales team alongside five other Fyne Ales beers on cask and keg.

All three beers will of course be pouring at FyneFest.

Eteaket are leaf tea experts who are dedicated to sourcing exceptional loose teas from the best ethical farms around the world. Their business started with a tea room and Edinburgh in 2005 and has since grown to supply Michelin started restaurants, 5 star hotels and quality cafes around the country. You can purchase Eteaket's outstanding teas from their website; we can certainly vouch for their fantastic flavours and aromas.  

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Jarl Appreciation Night at the Brewery Tap

by Chris Black

2013 was a very big year for Jarl, named Champion Beer of Scotland and Champion Golden Ale of Britain. We thought we would take a night to toast to our champion beer and pair it with some excellent local food.

On Friday 7th of March we are hosting a three course meal that has been designed to complement the bold citrusy flavours of Jarl in our Brewery Tap.

To start our friends at Loch Fyne Oysters will brining over fresh local oysters. They will be preparing the oysters in the bar and serving them with all the usual condiments.

For main course we will be serving a creamy fish pie made locally and for desert there will be homemade lemon torte.

All of this great food will of course be served with a pint of Jarl.

Tickets for this night are £17.50 and include the 3 course meal and 2 half pints of Jarl.

There are 25 places available for this night at our brewery and tickets must be booked in advance.

To book tickets please email Pamela@fyneales.com or call the brewery on 01499600120

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New Brewery Expansion Has Begun!

by Chris Black

Today is a very big day for Fyne Ales as we can announce that construction of our new brewery expansion has begun. With an investment of £2 million this is a big step for Fyne Ales which will help us to take the quality of our beer to next level.

This project has been a long time in the planning, well over a year, and is the result of many hours of hard work and meticulous planning and research. We could have built an expansion a long time ago that would let us produce more beer with a lower investment; however we wanted to make sure that a new brewery would not only add more capacity but improve the quality and flavour of the beer we produce. This expansion will allow us to get more Fyne Ales to new areas of the UK and beyond.

We currently produce 90 barrels of beer per week – the equivalent of 27,000 pints. The first expansion phase will see production increase to 180 barrels a week with space available to boost production to 120 barrels per day – the equivalent of 36,000 pints - in 5 years’ time. 

We have decided to stay true to our heritage and to go with a British manufactured brew house, using traditional British ale technology rather than continental technology, which we believe will be best for our beer. With the addition of key bits of kit like a hopback and a malt mill, we will be able to extract brighter and fresher flavours from our ingredients. The new brew system will be one of the most advanced craft brew houses in the country but will remain semi-automated. This will allow our brewers to always remain in control while becoming more precise and accurate in the production process.

The new brewery is being built in an old sheep shed which is located right next to our current brewery on the same farm. Our existing brew kit will still be used and with all the new space it means we will have lots more time to brew exciting new beers in cask, bottle and keg, so watch this space.

As the construction progresses we will keep you updated on some of the key bits of kit and what they will mean for the beer we make.

We will always remain dedicated to brewing outstanding craft beer and are very excited about what the future holds.

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