History

2000

Founders Jonny & Tuggy Delap develop idea of opening a brewery at the Achadunan Estate, a working farm at the head of Loch Fyne. They aimed to bring quality beer, jobs and tourism to a rural corner of Argyll.

2001

The original Fyne Ales brewery was built in a former dairy building, with the first ever Fyne Ales brew taking place on St Andrews Day in November. In addition to Highlander, the first ever beer brewed, Head Brewer Kenny MacKay also developed Maverick and Piper's Gold as core brews in the Fyne Ales range.

2002

Vital Spark first brewed and quickly added to the core range as one of the brewing team's favourites.

2003

Fyne Ales attend their first beer festival.  Highlander & Maverick win Gold medals at the SIBA Scotland competition enhancing Fyne Ales' growing reputation for quality.

2006

Wil Wood, formerly of Oakham Ales, joins as Fyne Ales Head Brewer.

2007

Wil's first new recipe, Avalanche, is brewed.

Avalanche is brewed for the first time, a hoppy pale designed for summer drinking. Piper's Gold wins a Bronze medal in CAMRA's Champion Beer of Britain competition.

2008

Fyne Ales core range rebrand launched, subsequently wins a Design Effectiveness Award.

2009

Following the sad death of founder Jonny Delap, his son Jamie takes the position of Managing Director at Fyne Ales.  Fyne Ales celebrates its 1,000th brew with a one-off special called One Triple Zero which would go one to become core range beer, Hurricane Jack, following a strong response.

2010

The first FyneFest event is staged in the brewery courtyard with an amazing receiption from the 150 attendees. The FyneFest special brew, Jarl, recieves widespread acclaim. Brewery capacity expanded from forty to sixty brewers barrels per week.

2011

Brewery capacity expanded to ninety brewers barrels per week. Second FyneFest attracts an audience of 750 people. Jarl voted SIBA Champion Cask Beer of Scotland.

2012

Brewery Tap & Shop opens in June. Third FyneFest attracts an audience of 1400 people. Jarl voted SIBA Champion Bottle Beer of Scotland.

2013

FyneFest continues to grow. Fyne Ales packages first keg beers and sucessfully applies for new brewery expansion.

2014

Works completed on Fyne Ales new brewery, a converted sheep sheed with a forty brewers barrel-per-brew capacity (cf ten barrels in the original brewery). Mills & Hills, an imperial stout with De Molen, is one of the first brews on the new kit.

2015

Fyne Ales launches kettle sour programme with new beers including Saudade, a collaboration with Siren Craft Brewing. Jarl wins Overall Champion at SIBA Awards. Fyne Ales Christmas Fayre takes place at the Brewery.

2016

Fyne Ales celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of its founding with a new version of Highlander amongst other celebrations.

2017

Mills & Hills wins Supreme Champion UK Bottled Beer at SIBA Awards. Largest FyneFest in event history. Original Fyne Ales brewery rennovated. Fyne Ales named Beer Destination of the Year in the Scottish Beer Awards.