Fyne Ales Blog

Loch Fyne Food Fair

by Chris Black

Every year our friends and neighbours at Loch Fyne Oysters put on the fantastic Loch Fyne Food Fair in the fields next to their restaurant in Cairndow. Fyne Ales will be there again this year serving up our own beers and cider from Cornish Orchards.

There will be a great range of local food producers as well as plenty of produce from Loch Fyne Oysters themselves. This year will also see a Whisky Connections tent make an appearance, featuring demonstrations and talks exploring new and traditional links between food and whisky.

Live Music throughout both days will keep you entertained: Saturday starts off with the Dunoon Grammar School Pipe Band, followed by John Renton and friends. The afternoon features Sweet Heart Revue from Glasgow and local favourites Dr. Hip and the Blues Operation.

The Loch Fyne Food Fair runs from 11am – 6pm on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th May. Admission is free with parking at £3 per vehicle.

Celtic Cook Off 2014

Loch Fyne Oysters are also hosting a unique event in their restaurant between the best chefs in the Celtic Regions, on Saturday 17th of May in the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar from 7pm.

Established in West Cork, this is a fun fast-paced competition between six top chefs from the Celtic Nations. Showcasing the finest produce, chefs compete in front of a live audience and judging panel. This is the first time the event has been held outside of Ireland.

Each chef prepares three plates of their chosen dish, within a half hour time limit, using food from local artisan producers plus one wild card ingredient from their own territory.

Judging panels comprise two tables of two judges, each chosen from chefs, bloggers, journalists and food producers plus two members of the audience.

This year's chefs are:

  • Tom Lewis of the award-winning Monachyle Mhor in the Trossachs for Scotland.
  • Mark Devonshire who lectures at Cornwall College and has run Rick Stein's Padstow School previously.
  • Breton Restauranteur, Eric Theze who runs the Michelin recognised La Boheme in Waterford.
  • Frankie Mallon for Ireland from An Port Mor in Westport.
  • Tony Quirk who runs L'Experience on the Isle of Man.
  • Gareth Johns from the Wynnstay Hotel in Wales, who is a past member of the Welsh National Culinary Team and is a Master Chef of Great Britain.

Tickets are £25.00 per person for Champagne and Light Buffet.
Under 18's, £20 per person for Soft Drink and Light Buffet

To book email info@lochfyne.com or tel: 01499 600487

Find out more info about The Loch Fyne Food Fair and Celtic Cook Off here.


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.  


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