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Fyne Ales’ FyneFest wins Runner Up prize for Best Outdoor Festival in Scotland

by Iain Smith

Fyne Ales’ annual summer celebration of beer, food and music has claimed the title of second best outdoor festival in Scotland at the prestigious Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards.

The eighth annual FyneFest in 2017 was the biggest in the festival’s history, attracting a record number of attendees and offering more than ever before, with over two hundred unique beers from over fifty breweries alongside twenty five live music acts and street food from eleven Scottish producers.

In a hotly contended category, FyneFest was only edged out by Perth’s Enchanted Forest attraction for the top award at this year’s ceremony in Glasgow. The runner up prize comes on the heels of Fyne Ales picking up the award for Brewery Destination of the Year at this year's Scottish Beer Awards.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that FyneFest has picked up the runner up prize for Best Outdoor Festival at this year’s SOLAs,” said Iain Smith, Fyne Ales Marketing Manager. “Every year the Fyne Ales team works hard to improve on the previous year’s festival and taking second prize this year has inspired us to make FyneFest 2018 the biggest and best ever.”

Tickets for FyneFest 2018 go on sale at the end of November 2017, with limited early bird tickets available. Stay tuned to Fyne Ales’ social media and the blog to keep up to date with ticket news.

Cheers!

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New Brew News: The Mystic (Fyne Ales Farmhouse Project)

by Iain Smith

In a deep, dark corner of the glen, The Mystic spends the winter sipping strong brews to warm the soul and inspired the mind. His lightly smoked, ruby-coloured barley wine is the perfect accompaniment to meditation on the mysteries of the universe.

With Winter comes Fyne Ales' final seasonal beer in the Farmhouse Project, They Mystic. Our first ever barley wine, The Mystic is the perfect warming brew to sip as the long nights draw in and the cold winds blow.

At 9.7% ABV, it’s certainly a beer to savour, brimming with decadent, deep and complex caramel and treacle flavours with a hint of warming smoke in the finish courtesy of a touch of smoked malt. Like all good barley wines, The Mystic is brewed with a complex blend of many different malts to give subtle layers of flavour as the sweet, rich beer rolls around the mouth.

Packaged in 375ml bottles with stunning artwork once again produced by GJ Dunbar, The Mystic is now available from the Fyne Ales website (here), and will be out on the shelves of bottle shops very soon. Perfect for drinking on a cold late-summer night or aging, be sure to seek it out.

Following The Farmer, The Witch, The Merchant and The Mystic, the first full round of the Farmhouse Project is complete. Our exploration of unconventional beer styles and ingredients has been a rewarding project and yielded some incredibly interesting beers of which we’re super-proud.

If you’ve tried any or all of the beers in the Farmhouse Project, let us know what you thought on social media!

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New Brew News: Casarino Blvd & WLTM Young Entrepreneurs

by Iain Smith

We’ve had lots of fun with this year’s Boulevard IPA series, with Atlantic, Sunset and Monterey all proving that hop-forward West Coast pale ales can be supremely enjoyable from a cask over the Summer, and we’re not ready to stop yet – introducing Casarino Blvd, our latest cask special!

Casarino Blvd is also the farewell brew of Paolo Sabatucci, the latest Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs participant to spend a few months in the Glen working with our brewing team. For his beer, he wanted to use one of his favourite ingredients, and one he had never used before – opting for Vienna malt, to give Casarino a big a strong, biscuity body and experimental hop ADHA 529 as a wildcard. The beer was finished with a dry-hop of Bravo, which along with the new-breed hop, gives the beer a soft, mellow fruit character all the way through to the gentle finish.

It’s been a tradition for some time that departing Erasmus visitors brew a beer to celebrate their time with Fyne Ales, and Paolo’s brew, which takes its name from his former home in Italy, is very much representative of what what Paolo came to Fyne Ales to learn about:

“I chose to come to Scotland and work with Fyne Ales as I really wanted to learn more about cask beer and I’m very satisfied with what I found out – it was amazing to work in a brewery that takes care to be both traditional and innovative at the same time.”

With Paolo’s departure, Fyne Ales is once again on the hunt for a young entrepreneur to join us in brewing at the head of Loch Fyne. If you’re based in Europe and think you could follow in Paolo’s footsteps, check out the EYE website for more info and drop an email erasmus[at]fyneales.com to find out more about the application process.

“I had a really good time at Fyne Ales, and really enjoyed working in the brewery with the team. I want to say thank you to everybody for their patience and teaching; I had lots of fun, despite struggling a little with the accents to begin with.”

Keep an eye out for Paolo’s brew on at a pub near you soon.

Cheers!

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