Since the completion of our new brewery we have had lots of time and room in our brew plan to have some fun and create new beers. First up this year we had Clachan Dubh, which has been getting great reviews on social media so far: and there are only a few more of them left out there so catch it while you can. Coming up over the next month we have six cracking new special beers.
It doesn’t really matter if it’s on the Pacific Ocean or on the Firth of Lorn: a sunset on a bright evening will always warm you up in some way. This beer has a nice orange sunset colour and American hops with bold citrus flavours that will take you on a drive down Sunset Boulevard. Look out for a mellow honey-like flavour from the malt that goes perfectly with the hops. Sunset Boulevard is out in cask right now.
Fyne State is a collaboration with one of our favourite pubs in Glasgow, The State Bar. The concept was dreamt up over a few pints one night between our brewer Stuart and Jason from the State Bar. The beer is an all-British hopped pale ale with a stone fruit and apple nose. There is a caramelised orange flavour and a long crisp dry finish. The beer will be launched at The State on the 26th of February. Look out for a video of the brew made by Urban Croft Films which will be shown on the night.
Wheat Russian – 4.8% White Stout - “A beer that really ties the room together.”
This is a beer that has been inspired by the White Russian cocktail. White Russians are the favourite drink of The Dude, the hero of The Big Lebowski movie: a smooth and lazy drink made with milk, vodka and Kahlua. This beer tries to reproduce that concept by building the same flavour notes and texture. The base beer is a white stout that uses lots of wheat and flaked barley to build a smooth body in the beer. To that we have added coffee, Cocoa nibs and vanilla. The resulting beer is something a bit special and a little different. Wheat Russian will be sold in cask and will be launched at The Southern Bar in Edinburgh on the 5th of March.
In the past few months we have been lucky enough to collaborate with two of the top breweries in the world, Siren and De Molen - in fact both featured in the Rate Beer Top 100 Breweries list. These collabs are a great opportunity for an exchange of ideas and knowledge between both breweries, not to mention an excellent excuse to have some fun and brew something a bit different.
Siren Collab - Saudade – 3.2% Berliner Weisse
First up we collaborated with Siren - from Finchamstead in England - on not one but two beers, with Ryan from Siren coming up to our brewery to work on both. We wanted to learn from Ryan’s experience in brewing sour beers in the past, so decided to brew a Berliner Weisse. This is a refreshing, slightly sour beer style that originates from Berlin. The beer has a light straw colour with an aroma of exotic fruits and a tart lemon taste. This beer is super-refreshing and will have you pining for summer! The name Saudade is the Brazilian word for ‘homesick’ and missing the good times - as we’re in the depths of winter here in Argyll we thought it was fitting. Saudade will be available in keg only.
Siren Collab – Wee Milky Way – 3.1% Milk Black IPA
Beer number two with Ryan from Siren was an experiment in how much flavour and body we could fit into a low ABV beer: extreme on both counts! The style is a low ABV Black IPA with added lactose. The beer has a mountain of hops in it with a big body and smooth mouthfeel from the lactose, and the malt gives the beer a slight liquorice edge. So, it’s extremely extreme, but as easy-drinking as a glass of milk! Wee Milky Way will be available in cask and keg.
Both Siren collabs will be launched at The Southampton Arms in London on Thursday 12th March, and will then be launched in Scotland at the Great Scottish Beer Celebration in Glasgow on Friday 13th and 14th March.
Back in November our friends at De Molen in The Netherlands made the journey over to Scotland to brew our strongest beer to date. De Molen are renowned for brewing big world beating stouts, and we felt that it was fitting that we brew one together on our new kit. This beer was all about seeing how far we could push our new kit on ABV and IBUs. The result is a 9.5% Imperial Stout that is a modern take on a classic style: bold new world hops such as Sorachi Ace and Calypso add a unique dimension to the rich meaty body of the beer. We are also doing a wee barrel ageing experiment with this one and have left some to age in a Grappa barrel with some brettanomyces for a few months. Watch this space…..
All of these beers will be available alongside around 150 other at our festival, Fyne Fest, in June. Earl bird tickets are now on sale now.