Fyne Ales Blog

Fyne Ales Needs You - Brand Survey 2017

by Iain Smith

Alright, cards on the table, we want your help.

For over fifteen years we've been making the best possible beer in our corner of Scotland and distributing it all over the world for you to enjoy, whether it be in cask, keg or bottle. But it's come time for us to take a step back and look at what we're doing and how we're doing it as we develop plans for the future.

That's where the first Fyne Ales Brand Survey comes in - we want your opinions, not only on Fyne Ales and what we do, but on the wider beer market and how we stack up in this crazy UK beer scene.

The survey should take no more than twenty minutes to complete, and if helping us out isn't enough of an incentive, we're also offering the chance to win £100 of vouchers for either Hoptimism or the Fyne Ales website for completing the survey.

Click here to be whisked away to the survey.

Thank you in advance to anyone who completes the survey - we genuinely appreciate anyone who take the time to share their opinions.

Cheers!

 

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New Brew News: Dunderave

by Iain Smith

They just don’t build ‘em like they used to, eh? 

Our latest cask special beer is a throwback to simpler times and traditional ales – a satisfying, warm hug of a bitter brewed using Belgian Castle malts and named after our local castle, located just four miles around the head of Loch Fyne.

Dunderave Castle dates back to the 16th century, and is the Scottish home of the MacNaughton clan. It’s a humble castle (by Scottish standards), but it’s also a stunningly picturesque building on the shores of Scotland’s longest (and obviously best) sea loch.

The beer that borrows the castle's name is amber in colour and bitter in character – the Belgian malt giving a rich, full body with a simple hopping schedule showcasing British East Kent Goldings and US Comet hops. It’s the kind of beer for dusky evenings and filling stomachs; for sipping in pubs with low ceilings to make you dream of stately rooms full of antiques. It’s a satisfying pint, any which way you want to drink it.

Catch it at your local from next week and be sure to let us know what you think.

Cheers!

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New Brew News: Red Berry Ghost

by Iain Smith

In 2015, after an inspiring trip to the USA, Fyne Ales MD Jamie and Brewer Andrea were all-in on nitrogen-rich stouts and couldn’t wait to get their hands dirty in the brewery mashing in a mix of dark malts to create a rich, decadent dry stout kegged with nitrogen for a full, satisfying mouthfeel. That beer was Ghost, and for a good year or so, we kept it around as a keg-exclusive dark beer before calling time and finally packing it off to its final resting place earlier this year.

But not for long.

Ghost has been revived for a super-limited keg release as Red Berry Ghost. We brewed and fermented the exact same base beer before transferring it onto a mountain of strawberries and raspberries to enrich it with sweet, juicy red fruit flavours. The combination of the berries, the dark, chocolatey malt and the creamy-nitrogen kegging give the new version of our classic stout a dark-chocolate-sprinkled-with-freeze-dried-fruit vibe. It’s really good.

Red Berry Ghost will make its debut at the upcoming Beer Makes Glasgow festival this weekend – mon down to The Art School to check it out along with some cracking beers from some of our Scottish brewing pals.

Cheers!

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