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What was your favourite Fyne Ales beer of 2013?

by Chris Black

2013 was a bumper year for Fyne Ales; Jarl won Champion Beer of Scotland and Champion Golden Ale of Britain, Sanda Blonde and Black won their first awards, Fyne Fest 2013 was a huge Success and we brewed over 30 different beers.

With the year coming to the close we wanted to find out what your favourite Fyne Ales beer of the year was. Below is a list of all of the new and special beers that we brewed in 2013. Let us know your favourite in the Comments box below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Wee Stoater – 4.3% Oatmeal Stout

Ruby coloured stout with a creamy head, a silky smooth texture and a clean finish. Aromas of earthy oats with hints of liquorice and flavours of cocoa and grain.

Sanda Blonde bottle – 5.5% Blonde IPA

Light golden IPA with aromas of grapefruit and passion fruit. Flavours of gooseberry and citrus fruits are prevalent with a good citrus and hop bitterness to make a deliciously easy drinking IPA.

Sanda Black Bottle – 5.5% Black IPA

A black IPA with a light creamy tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts with hints of gooseberry. The beer has a sweet fruity flavour with a good roasted malt and coffee bitterness. A very sessionable black IPA.

Life of Ryely – 4.6% Golden Rye Ale

A golden rye beer with sweet fruity hop aromas. Apricot and earthy flavours with a peppery spice dominate the palate.

Muckle Flugga – 5.5% IPA Hop experiment with Riwaka

This is a full bodied, highly hopped IPA with sweet aromas of tropical fruits. Sweet tropical fruit flavours dominate the palate is followed by a moderate bitter finish.

Aonoch Mhor – 4% A mistake that turned out quite tasty

A strong citrusy floral aroma followed by bittersweet flavours. The hints of dry orange leave a dry finish.

Bell Rock – 5.5% IPA

A golden IPA with light biscuit and citrus aromas. Crisp pear flavours with a good body and a long dry finish.

Bell Rock & Hop – 6.5% IPA with extra hops

Golden IPA with aromas of Biscuit, orange and apricot. A very hoppy beer with flavours of sweet toffee and orange followed by a strong bitterness.

FyneBank – 4.6% Peat Smoked Golden Ale, Collaboration with Springbank distillery.

A collaboration beer with Springbank Distillery. A golden beer with a slight peat aroma, nice mellow peat taste and very drinkable.

Rune – 3.5% light session ale

Light yellow golden coloured ale with a soft floral lemon nose. Light fruity body with notes of soft fruit and a dry finish.

Freya – 5.5% Strong Blonde Summer Special

A strong golden ale that has been made for Fyne Fest 2013. Aromas of tropical and citrus fruit with a bitter citrus flavour and a strong bitter finish.

Cool as a Cucumber – 2.9% Cucumber and Mint Saison, Collaboration with Wild Beer co

Strong cucumber aroma and flavours with underlying peppery notes. A fantastically refreshing and sessionable beer for summer.

Kellaa – 4.7% Tropical and Bitter Blonde Ale

A Golden ale with a strong aroma of tropical fruit. Flavours of pink grapefruit dominate with a long bitter finish.

Feast Black Ale – 5% Fyne Fest Collaboration Brew

A dark ale with aromas of chocolate and prunes. Light chocolate flavours with a light mouthfeel and a liquorice finish.

Wee Jaggy Gruit – 3.8% Nettle and Bog Myrtle Ale

A light golden coloured ale. Strong zesty and inviting aroma with citrusy tones. Flavours of rocket and citrus fruits dominated the palate.

Sublime Stout KEG – 6.8% Imperial Stout

A dark, deep ruby red stout with an aroma of bitter roasted malt and a hint of liquorice. Taste is of a mellow sweetness then a large malty fruitiness followed by a long smooth dry finish.

Zombier KEG - 6.9% Porter

A deep black porter with a caramel tan head. Big aromas and flavours of treacle, toffee and liquorice with hints of chocolate and coffee. A lingering roasted malt bitterness returns from the dead with bite.

Hurricane Jack KEG – 4.4% Hoppy Blonde Ale

A pale golden beer with an aroma of sweet malt and light fruity hops. Citrus flavours are prominent with tangerine notes with a subtle lemon kick on the end. Great thirst quencher and a delicious session beer.

Sanda Blonde KEG – 5.5% Blonde IPA

Light golden IPA with aromas of grapefruit and passion fruit. Flavours of gooseberry and citrus fruits are prevalent with a good citrus and hop bitterness to make a deliciously easy drinking IPA.

Fladda Rock 5.5% IPA

Golden IPA with aromas of Biscuit, orange and apricot. A very hoppy beer with flavours of sweet toffee and orange followed by a strong bitterness.

Fladda Rock’N’Roll – 5.5% Belgian IPA

A golden coloured IPA with a slight haze. A strong aroma of  banana and cloves with a vibrant flavour of banana and melon. The beer has a very slight acidity from the Belgian yeast and a lasting bitterness.

Snotty IPA – 6.3% IPA, IBD Competition Winner Brew

Aroma of melon and kiwi fruit with a sweet honey and tangerine pith flavour, followed by a lingering bitter finish.

48 Miles Later – 6% Smoked Chilli Black Ale, Collaboration with Brewdog Glasgow Bar

A black ale with nose of roasted malt with a soft smokiness. Flavours are of smoked malt and dark fruits with a building subtle chilli heat.

Spaghetti Western – 5% Hoppy Brown Ale

A rich red and brown coloured beer. The beer has a very inviting aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and jammy fruits. The palate is of fruity hops and dark roasted malts with a smooth bitterness and hit of citrus fruits.

Holly Daze – 5% Dark Amber Ale

Clear amber coloured beer with a white head. Aroma is malty and fruity with some caramel. Flavour is of caramel malts with fruit, has a good bitterness and a slightly dry finish.

Let us know your favourite in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.


Loch Fyne Christmas Beer and Food Matching

by Chris Black

With Christmas day fast approaching many of you will be planning your festive eating and contemplating what to have as part of your Christmas dinner. With Loch Fyne being world famous for outstanding produce we thought we would team up with our friends and neighbours at Loch Fyne Oysters to give you some ideas of pairing their amazing produce with our great beers.

The process of pairing food dishes with wine has a relatively long history whereas pairing food with beer is a fairly new phenomenon. Nowadays the diversity of craft beer provides so much potential for mouth-watering pairings which can dramatically enhance a dining experience.

 To go with LFOs smoked salmon starters we recommend a cold bottle of Jarl. The low abv and full citrus flavours complement Loch Fyne Oysters elegant smoked salmon perfectly and work well as a starter combination for Christmas dinner.

Another fantastic combination is Sublime Stout or Superior IPA with some oysters from Loch Fyne. The sweet flavour of the oysters goes wonderfully well with the rich and smooth flavours in both beers.

LFO have shared a recipe for Smoked Salmon Pate which we both agree will work fantastically well with a chilled glass of Jarl. Well worth trying this festive period.


Smoked Salmon Pate


Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until desired consistency is achieved.

Chill for 1 hour.

Serve with lightly toasted brown bread, a wedge of lemon and a cold glass of Jarl.


Loch Fyne Oysters have a wide range of gift packs and products that can be ordered online in time for Christmas. To ensure a Christmas delivery orders must be placed by the 16th December.

All of our beers can be ordered from our online shop and last orders for a Christmas delivery is the 19th December.


48 Miles Later Label Design

by Chris Black

48 Miles Later is a collaboration brew between Fyne Ales and Brewdog Glasgow, all in the spirit of Brewdog’s #Collabfest. Each Brewdog bar elected their favourite local brewery, Fyne Ales being the choice of the Glasgow venue.

Upon accepting the invitation, the Fyne Ales team made the trip to the Glasgow bar to sit, have a beer (or 5) and brain storm ideas for the brew which eventually was decide a Smoked Chilli Black Ale should do the trick. It was also decided the beer would be named 48 Miles Later, which relates to the distance between the bar and the Fyne Ales brewery.

We asked our designer Matt Burns to do something special for the label of this limited edition beer.

Speaking of the design Matt said,

“I was engaged by Fyne Ales to develop a label for a limited edition 750ml release of the beer. In collaboration with design studio Freytag Anderson, we developed a concept that would incorporate the two locations as well as the breathtaking drive required to reach the brewery from the Glasgow bar. Anyone who has experienced the route will know exactly what I mean. Once you leave Glasgow you soon hit the shores of Loch Lomond, which takes you along to the peaceful Tarbet. Beyond Tarbet the road weaves and climbs along the cliff face into the Rest and Be Thankful. At this point you start to wonder whether you are part of an episode of Top Gear. Once the climb eases, you descend and enter into views of Loch Fyne, and eventually the brewery. The incomparability and beauty of the journey was enough to inspire us for a meaningful and appropriate label for the beer.

Much to our joy we decided to get our hands dirty with a little ink. With the ink we began to interpret the route with a roller onto A1 board. The most successful and interesting lines where photographed then crafted into the label design.”

This is a beer that marks a special occasion between the two breweries, located in unique parts of the world and may be never brewed again … we hope you think the label captures this moment and adds to your drinking experience. If all else fails I am sure the Ancho and Chipotle chillies will keep you satisfied.

Bottles of the beer will be available in our regular independent beer stockist and from our online shop for a limited period.