Fyne Ales Blog

Fynes Ales wins Beer Destination of the Year at Scottish Beer Awards 2017!

by Iain Smith

“In global terms, Scotland punches well above its weight when it comes to good beer,” stated one of the speakers at Beer Matters industry conference yesterday, and never more so has it been apparent than at last night’s Scottish Beer Awards.

The independent awards, sponsored by beer-championing supermarket Aldi, brought together the best of Scottish brewing to celebrate the wealth and diversity of beer being produced in our country. It was a night of good food, good beer, good conversation and for Fyne Ales, success!

We picked up the prize for Beer Destination of the Year in recognition of our unique location, and what we offer up in our wee corner of Argyll. There’s nothing we love more than showcasing the Achadunan estate to thirsty visitors, whether it be at our annual FyneFest event or any day of the week in our Brewery Tap - where we are is a huge part of who we are as a brewery and there’s no better way to get a sense of that than by stopping by for a beer, a chat and to take in the scenery.

“This is a special place, that’s evident from the moment you set off down the lane towards the brewery - for that to be recognised with such a prestigious award is a great feeling,” commented Fyne Ales MD, Jamie Delap. “We’re constantly working to improve what we do across all areas of the business and have some big plans for our Brewery Tap and FyneFest 2018, but credit for winning this year has to go to all our team who work hard to offer friendly welcomes, perfect pints and make all our guests feel at home at our brewery.”

Elsewhere, both Mills & Hills and Highlander were recognised with awards in the beer categories; our De Molen collab imperial stout taking home bronze in Amplified Beer, and Highlander picking up silver in British Style Ales.

Brewery of the Year, for which Fyne Ales was one of five nominees, went to Ellon-based brewing giants, Brewdog. The full list of winners can be found on the Scottish Beer Awards website.

If you’re keen to see Scotland’s best beer destination for yourself, our Brewery Tap & Shop are open seven days from 10am-6pm, with tours available by appointment only – please give us a call on 01499 600120 if you’d like to check out our brewing setup. Also remember that earlybird FyneFest 2018 tickets go on sale in November!

A huge congratulations to all the winners at last night's ceremony, and a special thank you to everyone who’s been up to see us this year, we hope to see you again soon.



Fyne Ales On Tour: BAF! Borefts After Festival

by Iain Smith

Earlier this year we invited the team from Dutch brewing heroes, Kaapse, to curate one part of the Brewers’ Bar at FyneFest 2017 and, let’s be honest, they knocked it out of the park by bringing us some incredible beers from their homeland.

We didn’t think we could be any more grateful to Tsjomme and his team, but then he went and invited us to BAF 2017!

Borefts After Festival 2017!

Every year, our friends at De Molen host Borefts, a huge crazy two-day festival of amazing beer with an annually rotating line-up of breweries from around Europe. The festival is so big, and draws so many beer enthusiasts to the Netherlands, that two days isn’t enough for most and Kaapse are charged with keeping the party going with an after-festival.

We’re super excited to be representing the UK at this year’s BAF alongside some of our favourite breweries from the continent. Come and see us in Rotterdam and enjoy one of the beers we’ve shipping across!


New Brew News: Summer Dusk (Summer Sessions)

by Iain Smith

September. The nights get longer, the air turns colder, the trees bid farewell to their leaves and sunny days already seem like a distant memory. Summer has departed and it’s time to welcome the embrace of Autumn, but not without one final glimpse of sunshine – introducing Summer Dusk, the final cask special in this year’s Summer Sessions series.

Summer Dusk is the third beer in our trio of sessionable ales packed full of hop flavours, sitting alongside Summer Dawn and Summer Skies at a perfectly sip-able 3.5%. With a slightly fuller body than its predecessor, Summer Skies, thanks to the addition of a touch of amber malt, Summer Dusk is designed for mellow evenings flicking through holiday photos and dreaming about adventures in the sunshine to come.

A combination of three aroma hops share the billing on Summer Dusk’s brew sheet – the floral bitterness of Centennial and stone-fruit punch of Eureka supporting Simcoe’s piney, citrus character for a reenergising flavour profile.

Summer Dusk has been rolling out of the brewery for a week or so already, so expect to see it very, very soon in your local and be sure to catch it before the sun sets on our Summer Sessions series for 2017.