Fyne Ales Blog

Introducing Fyne Ales Origins Brewing

by Iain Smith

Fyne Ales is proud to introduce a range of beers as part of a new, ongoing project created to showcase our provenance and status as an authentic Scottish farmhouse brewery.

Drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources, Fyne Ales Origins Brewing will release collections of complex and exciting beers, with mixed fermentation, use of wood and barrels and locally-sourced and foraged ingredients all featuring heavily in the production.

“For over fifteen years we’ve been brewing outstanding beers on a working farm in north-west Scotland; we are immensely proud of being a farmhouse brewery,” explained Fyne Ales Managing Director, Jamie Delap. “Fyne Ales is uniquely positioned in Scotland to create adventurous, unorthodox beers that tell a story and give a sense of where they were brewed in every drop, which is why we’ve introduced Origins Brewing.”

The original Fyne Ales brewery, a converted dairy building, has been dedicated to Origins Brewing production, with the first four small-batch beers releasing on Monday 11 December. The Autumn 2017 collection includes:

 
  • Pandora (8.3%) - an aged, mixed fermentation saison conditioned on foraged blackberries.
  • Kilkerran Wee Heavy (7.6%) - a dark scotch ale matured in Kilkerran whisky barrels (collaboration with Springbank Distillers).
  • Amphora (8.1%) - a blended grape ale fermented in wine barrels with sweet cherries.
  • Goodnight, Summer (5.4%) - a tart wheat beer brewed with camomile and aged on gooseberries (collaboration with Inver).

The introduction of Origins Brewing follows an huge increase in interest in complex, small-batch beer in the USA; “Origins Brewing is the realisation of a vision that we began shaping over four years ago,” commented Fyne Ales brewer, Andrea Ladas. “Talking to and visiting breweries like Jester King, Allagash and Hill Farmstead over the past few years, we’ve been hugely inspired by what they’re doing to make creative beers that are proudly a product of and showcase of their environment.”

The new beers will be showcased with a pairing menu on Saturday, 9 December at Inver, an acclaimed Argyll restaurant specialising in locally sourced and foraged ingredients, before going on sale from the Fyne Ales website from Monday 11 December.

More information about Fyne Ales Origins Brewing can be found on the project website:  Fyne Ales Origins Brewing.

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News: Reduced delivery from the Fyne Ales website!

by Iain Smith

It’s a big day for our little website – not only are Cold Brew Mills & Hills, First Day and Workbench IPA: Fourth Draft now available to buy, but you can now get them delivered to your door for just £5.

From this afternoon until the end of the year, we’re running a promotion on the website that means ordering cases, mini-casks and merch is significantly cheaper than it used to be. It’s something that we’ve wanted to do for a while, but navigating the tricky logistics that come with being a rural Scottish brewery has meant it’s taken a bit of work to make sure you get your beer promptly, and for a reasonable price.

So, what does this mean in real terms? For a fiver, we’ll deliver to you:

  1. Any single case of Fyne Ales bottles.
  2. Up to two Fyne Ales gift packs.
  3. Up to two Fyne Ales 5-litre mini-casks.
  4. As much merch as anyone could probably ever want to order.

What’s more, the new weight-based system means that you’ll be able to add items of merch including shirts, stickers and bottle openers to your beer order at no extra delivery cost.

The shipping rate for non-beer orders hasn’t changed, meaning you can order bits and pieces of branded Fyne Ales gear from the website with shipping starting from just £2.60.

Furthermore, we’ve kept it simple if you’re looking to order in volume– double the amount of beer, double the cost. This means two cases, four mini-casks or four gift packs will cost £10, which is the same as our previous base rate for shipping.

We’re excited to be trialling this over the festive period and hope that you’ll be tempted to treat the craft beer lover in your life to a few beers for Christmas – be sure to check out the new mixed cases and gift packs listed on the shop!

Use the links below to check out the online store:

Cheers!

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New Brew News: First Day

by Iain Smith

On the first day of beer-mas, Fyne Ales gives to you, a heap of Calypso hops with a touch of pear flavours in a session IPA. Introducing First Day, available in 330ml bottle from next week!

We’ve never big fans of Christmas beers – nutmeg, cinnamon and the other seasonal spices that creep into craft brews around this time are not for us, but we do like to brew something interesting for the winter months, which is why this year we’ve doubled up with Cold Brew Mills & Hills for the stout drinkers, and First Day, a super-light session IPA for those who need a bit of relief from the over-indulgences of the season.

When we brewed with Calypso hops earlier this year, we were blown away by the quality of the cones – huge, packed with flavour and an out-of-this world aroma – as soon as we opened the bags, the whole brewery was filled with pungent pear and melon aromas. It was lovely.

So, we kept back the rest of our stash and began planning a refreshing end-of-year brew using the hop, and decided to spotlight the hop's pear flavours with the addition of juice during the brew. The result is a super-sessionable IPA with low bitterness and high-notes of the soft fruit through the finish. It’s not a complex beer, but with all the turkey, stuffing, spuds and other rich foods and flavours the season encourages, something delightfully clean and simple might be just what you need.

Bottles will be available from the Fyne Ales website from Monday 20 November and all good bottle-shops soon after. Be sure to let us know what you think when you pick one up!

Cheers!

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