Fyne Ales Blog

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.


De Molen Brewery Beer For Sale

by Chris Black

Recently we took delivery of some beers from our friends at  De Molen Brewery in The Netherlands following a visit to their brewery. After some scrupulous taste testing by ourselves we have put together a box of our favourites for sale on our online shop. Full details and tasting notes of the beers in the box are below.

Contents – 12 bottles  for £37.95

2 x Single Hop Apollo - 4.8% Single hopped IPA - Aroma of tropical and citrus fruits with a lasting bitterness

2 x Single Hop Chinook - 4.8% Single hopped IPA – strong hoppy aroma with flavours of grapefruit and a medium bitterness

2 x Vuur & Vlam - 6.2% Double IPA – Aroma and flavours of citrus fruits and yeast with a smooth bitterness

2 x Brood & Spellen -7% Rye IPA - Amber coloured beer with malty and fruity hop aromas. Palate has a light pepperiness with fruity hops.

1 x Mooi & Meedongenloos – 10.2% Belgian Strong Ale- Aromas and flavours of dried fruits and coffee with a balanced finish.

1 x Bommen & Granaten - 15.2% Barley Wine - Grapes and a hint of mandarin in the aroma. Malty sweet flavour, immensely full bodied, with mandarin. Thick mouth feel, with just a touch of yeast in the aftertaste.

1 x Zwart & Wit -8.4% Black IPA – A pitch black IPA with an aroma of dark malt and grapefruit. Chocolate, coffee and grapefruit flavours dominate in this excellent beer.

1 x Rasputin -10.7% Russian Imperial Stout- Very rich aroma of chocolate, coffee and liqueur. Flavour is of dark fruits, chocolate and coffee with a smooth finish. An outstanding imperial stout and currently a favourite of our Head Brewer.

You can get these guest beers for a limited time here.