Save The Date: FyneFest 2018 Announced!

By Iain Smith

Just one month on from the biggest and best FyneFest yet, and we’re already planning to do it all over again in 2018!

FyneFest 2018 will be held across the weekend of 01-03 June 2018, with availability for camping until 04 June.

Since 2010, Fyne Ales has invited people to join us in our wee corner of north west Scotland for a weekend of the best beer, food and music we can muster. From humble beginnings, with 250 people chilling in the courtyard and sipping on Fyne Ales brews, to the biggest FyneFest yet in 2017 with over ten times the number of people and beers from over fifty different breweries from around Europe, FyneFest has grown and grown. 

We're excited about the ideas for improvements we have for FyneFest 2018, and exciting about hosting you again next June, so get the dates in your diaries, on your calendars and firmly imprinted in your minds because we can't wait to see you back in the glen.

Earlybird tickets will be available from November, with full price tickets on sale shortly aterwards!

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New Brew News: Summer Sessions 2017 & Summer Dawn

By Iain Smith

When we designed our state-of-the-art brewery a few years ago, we had hops on our mind. We wanted equipment which would allow us to get the very most out of the flavourful additions which make beer so varied and exciting. To this end, we installed a full-size hopback, perfect for infusing beer with bright, hoppy flavours during the brew.

The hopback has served us well, our champion beer Jarl is tasting better than it ever has, showcasing US hop citra at its best, and the rest of our range has been consistent improving over the last couple of years. We’re big believers that cask beer can be as good a showcase of hops as keg beers are.

We decided to try and prove this with a series of summer specials that are all about packing low ABV beers full of flavour – introducing the Fyne Ales Summer Sessions 2017.

Each month this summer we’re brewing a 3.5% pale(ish) beer, destined for casks, each with a mix of four different hops, each designed to be clean, refreshing and bursting with fresh hop flavours.

 

First up is Summer Dawn, a golden ale brewed using a hint of rye malt and oat malt to give a touch of colour and depth of flavour than ultra-pale ales. The hops we’ve chosen to showcase are an international affair, combining British Brewers Gold with a pair of American hops Apollo and  Centennial and completing the line-up with one of our current favourites, the Japanese Sorachi Ace.

On the nose you’ll find sweet citrus notes similar to candied oranges; taste is all tangerine and peach flavours before a dry, slightly bitter finish from the Sorachi.

We’d love to hear what you think of each of this year’s Summer Sessions – Summer Skies will be brewed in July and arrive in pubs early August, while Summer Dusk will be brewed in August for early-September drinking!
 

Fyne Ales awarded Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2017

By Iain Smith

Let us start with a huge, huge thank you to everyone who has visited the brewery and taken time to leave a review online - good or bad, it’s great for us to get feedback on what we do in our wee corner of Argyll!

We keep an eye on all customer reviews of the brewery, and one of the platforms we check regularly for your feedback is Trip Advisor. It’s arguably the biggest user-review site in the UK, and one of the most popular in the world, which makes winning a Certificate of Excellence award this year, for the fourth consecutive year because of your reviews a huge honour for us.

Our team strives to offer everyone who visits the brewery a great experience, whether for a tour and tasting or simply picking up a case of beer – if you’ve recently visited and want to leave us your thoughts on Facebook, Google or Trip Advisor, we’d love to hear what you think.

And if you haven’t made the trip up to the glen yet, check out the website for more information on what we offer, and if you’ve got any questions, give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter or drop us an email via enquiries[at]fyneales.com.

Now Hiring: West of Scotland Sales Manager

By Iain Smith

Fyne Ales is looking for a passionate, knowledgeable and experienced salesperson to join our small sales team representing the West coast of Scotland and north-west England.  This is a role for someone who loves great beer and wants to continue developing their sales career in sales while deepening their beer knowledge.

Working with independent on and off-trade customers, the role will involve account management, pricing negotiation, strategic planning, new customer development and budget control as we seek to continue developing the presence of our award-winning beers in Argyll, Glasgow and beyond.

Candidates should be confident in managing a large product range with a diverse range of customers as Fyne Ales continues to expand its reach into new markets and sectors. Good time-management and people skills are desired to ensure all customer accounts are maintained with positive relationships.

There will also be the opportunity to work with Fyne Ales’ Marketing Manager to develop events, materials and incentives to support sales within the specified region.

We are excited to be welcoming someone to our small team – if you’re passionate about beer, sales and looking for a new challenge, we’d love to hear from you. The role will offer a competitive salary plus benefits; if you’re interested, please download the full job description and email a CV and cover letter to: work[at]fyneales.com.

Download full job spec: here.
 

Closing date (extended): 31 July 2017.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Fyne Ales named finalist for nine Scottish Beer Awards including Brewery Of The Year

By Iain Smith

Fyne Ales is delighted to have been named a finalist for the prestigious Brewery Of The Year award at this year’s Scottish Beer Awards. The nomination comes alongside seven Fyne Ales beers picking up finalist spots in taste award categories and an additional business performance award nomination for Brewery Destination Of The Year.

Among the award’s taste categories, Fyne Ales’ seven finalist beers are: Maverick (Amber or Dark), Mills & Hills (Amplified), Highlander (British), Jarl (Pale), Ich Bin Ein Berryliner (Sour) and two Farmhouse Project beers: The Merchant and The Witch (Fruit-Forward).

“It’s wonderful to be named finalist across both taste and business categories at this year’s Scottish Business Awards,” commented Fyne Ales Managing Director, Jamie Delap. “These awards really showcase what an amazing, thriving craft beer industry we have in Scotland, and we’re excited to be alongside some brilliant breweries in competing for these awards.”

The awards, sponsored by ALDI, were first held in 2016 in order to recognise the best of Scottish brewing, and are judged by an panel of 27 of Scotland’s foremost beer experts. The winners will be announced on 28 September 2017.
 

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New Brew News – Gengy’s Drop

By Iain Smith

 

Launching at FyneFest 2017, a brand new, cask exclusive, ultra-pale ale - Gengy’s Drop!

Designed and brewed by Erasmus participant, Davide Gardosi to mark the end of his time with Fyne Ales, Gengy’s Drop is an supremely thirst-quenching light ale packed with Sorachi Ace alongside Citra and Nelson Sauvin.

The beer’s unique name comes from Davide’s nickname, Gengy, which in turn comes from the Italian word for ‘gums’. Davide earned the nickname for being the smile-iest person in Italy, something that the Fyne Ales team have enjoyed during the last few months working alongside Gengy.

In further tribute to Gengy’s great loves of hops and football, the beer’s clip is designed using the colours of AS Roma.

Check out the beer at FyneFest 2017 and out in the wild soon after!

New Brew News: Fyne Ales Workbench IPA Project & First Draft

By Iain Smith

Sanda Blonde, Fyne Ales core IPA, has been picking-up plaudits ever-since we first brewed it in 2013. Our pale, Nelson Sauvin-centred IPA has proudly been our representation of what a modern, British IPA should be for four years, but four years is a long time in the craft beer industry. So, in line with our continuous efforts to review and improve on our beers, it’s time for something new.

Introducing the Workbench IPA Project, and the first beer in a new series of hop-forward, prototype beers: Workbench IPA – First Draft.

Workbench IPA Project began with a collective blind tasting of Sanda Blonde alongside beers we considered some of the best examples of IPAs being brewed around the UK. Beers were evaluated not only on preference, but also on their flavour profiles, with the team contributing to a collective discussion about what they look for in an IPA between 5-6% ABV. While Sanda Blonde fared well in the blind taste-test scoring, finishing third out of seven beers, it fell well behind the two leaders.

The consensus of opinion was that while Sanda Blonde was clean, refreshing and highly drinkable, it wasn’t forward enough with the bright fruity and floral hop flavours that modern drinkers have come to demand in their IPAs. It ticked the boxes for bitterness and resinous levels, but the leaders in the style offered more distinct hop-characters and therefore, more balance.

But how could we bring that balance to our core-range IPA? We decided to find out with a series of prototype IPAs exploring hop-infusion methods and combinations, ideas taken from the brewers’ workbench, brought to life as small-batch brews.

Workbench IPA – First Draft is the first beer in this small-batch series, and possibly the most straight-forward when it comes to trying to achieve our goal. How do we get more fruity and floral hop flavours into an IPA? Use fruity and floral hops, and lots of them. Being one of the only breweries in the UK with a fullsize hopback, we are well-equipped for, and practiced in using whole-leaf hops to produce fruity and floral flavours, and for First Draft, we use two of our favourite hops, Citra and Nelson Sauvin for base flavours. To push the hop flavours even further, First Draft also features the biggest dry-hopping of any beer Fyne Ales has ever produced, using Mosaic and Summit T90 hop pellets to give the beer sweet stone-fruit flavours with a pink-grapefruit and peppery grass finish.

In the spirit of doing things differently, we also took different approaches to bottling and branding the prototype beers. We commissioned artist Kev Grey to create a hand-drawn illustration for a single-wrap label design, and we bottle-conditioned the beer in order to preserve as much of the fresh hop flavours as possible. This is more than just a new beer, this is a new approach, and we’re very, very excited about hearing what you think of it.

We need your help. We want to know what you like about each draft and what you like less, we want your feedback to help inform the recipes for future prototypes, with the ultimate goal of creating a new, core-range IPA that will replace Sanda Blonde. So, when First Draft debuts on keg at FyneFest 2017, or when you pick up a bottle the week after, fire up your phone, and send us a tweet (#FyneWorkbench), a Facebook message or check First Draft in on Untappd or Ratebeer so we can see what you think about the beer, and help us make Second Draft even better than the first.

For those who love Sanda Blonde (which includes quite a few of us), fear not, we’re keeping the bottles around until the Workbench IPA Project is complete and at that point, we’ll have something even better ready to take its place!

New Brew News: BA Wee Heavy

By Iain Smith

Today in Campbeltown, Fyne Ales is previewing a new beer as part of the Springbank open day! Well, new-ish beer…

Introducing Barrel-Aged Wee Heavy, a whisky-barrel-aged version of our rich, dark scotch ale, weighing in at 6.7%.

We’ve proudly worked with Springbank distillery for a few years now, producing Fynebank, our smoked golden ale and 2014’s Kilkerran Stout, a version of our Sublime Stout aged in Kilkerran barrels. The latter was a huge success as a special-release beer, and we were delighted when the Springbank team offered us more casks for our experimental beer facility, based in the original Fyne Ales brewery.

Our Wee Heavy was the perfect beer to spend some time in the wood – it’s sweet, rich character balancing against the whisky’s intense smokiness, striking up a truly Scottish flavour combination.

The beer will be available in cask at events in the near future, including FyneFest, before a limited bottle release later this year. Keep an eye out for the a blog about the bottle release in the coming weeks!
 

Fyne Ales on Tour - Summer 2017 Events Calendar

By Iain Smith

With Summer right around the corner, we wanted to give everyone a heads up on where and when they can catch Fyne Ales on the road in the next few months. We’ve got plenty of events lined up, so check out the list below and hopefully we’ll catch you soon!

This blog will be updated as new events are added to the calendar.

Click the event name for more information.

Saturday 5 - Saturday 26 August

Fyne Ales @ Circus Hub

The team at Underbelly are letting Fyne Ales take over their pop-up bar alongside their venues in The Meadows in Edinburgh for the full Edinburgh Festival. Read more.

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Friday 18 - Saturday 19 August

Shelton Bros: The Festival (Atlanta, GA)

Jamie's heading stateside with some fresh kegs to pour for our US friends across the two day festival in Georgia.

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Saturday 19 August

Meet The Brewer - Duke's Head (London)

Head Brewer Malc is heading down to the capital for an evening of beer and insight into what we get up to in the glen. Head along for your chance to hear all about our latest brews and the plans in place for the rest of the summer.

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Thursday 24 August

Oban Games

Piping, traditional sports, birds of prey and beer – what more could you ask for in a day out in scenic Oban? Catch our pop-up bar for a pint between activities, or to sup while taking in the spectacle!

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Friday 25 – Saturday 26 August

Beer Makes Glasgow

From the ashes of the of the Great Scottish Beer Celebration, Beer Makes Glasgow has emerged. Same venue (Glasgow School of Art), same dates and same great beer being poured by some of Scotland's best breweries.

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Past events:

Thurs 26 May

Springbank Open Day (Campbeltown)

This Thursday we’ll be heading up the road to Campbeltown with our pop-up bar to served delicious beer for our friends at the Springbank Open Day! We’re previewing a special release beer at the event – a Kilkerran barrel-aged version of our dark scotch ale, wee heavy!

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Friday 27 May

Jammin Launches (London/Glasgow)

Catch us at Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell or Doghouse Merchant City this Friday night where we’ll be pouring loads of beers alongside our pals from Orbit Beers, including our collab brew – Jammin’. Be the first to experience the moreish, intensely-fruity double-berry sour on Friday night.

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Friday 27 – Saturday 28 May

Woodscrak 2017 (Italy)

We’re super-excited to be heading back to the continent for this year’s Woodscrak festival, hosted by Italian craft brewers, CRAK. Head Brewer, Malcolm, will be at the festival offering beer and chat for those who can understand him through his delightful Aberdeenshire accent.

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Friday 27 – Saturday 28 May

Land o' Burns Weekender (Ayrshire)

You’ll find our beers down in Ayrshire for the Land o’ Burns Beer Festival this weekend, along with a mix of live music and fun activities in the wider festival!

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Friday 2 – Sunday 4 June

FyneFest 2017 (Fyne Ales brewery)

If you’re reading this, you probably already know a bit about our summer festival. Here’s a website with lots of words about it: FyneFest.com

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Friday 30 June – Saturday 1 July

Craft Beer Discovery (Falkirk)

Craft beer takes over the home of The Bairns for a midsummer celebration of all things beery and good. We’ll be pouring our cracking beers pitch-side at Falkirk stadium for a couple of days at the end of June.

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Tuesday 18 July

Inveraray Games

Taking charge of the bar for this year’s highland games down the road in Inveraray, we’ll be serving beers to quench the thirst of the cyclists, runners, dancers and wrestlers, as well as those watching.

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Friday 21 – Saturday 22 July

West End Beer Festival (Glasgow)

Returning for a third year, the West End Beer Festival takes place at Hillhead Sports Club with a raft of cracking Scottish breweries set to pour some of Scotland’s finest craft beers over three sessions.

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Saturday 22 July

Taynuilt Highland Games

If the big-city vibe of the WEBF isn't your pint of ale, we'll be rocking a more traditional bar at this year's Taynuilt Highland Games to keep the dancers, pipers and erm, other event people suitably refreshed.

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Tuesday 25 – Friday 28 July

Meet the Makers @ The Beer Kitchen (Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Aberdeen)

Members of the team are heading on the road to visit the four Beer Kitchen venues in Scotland on sucessive events for Meet The Maker events! Head down to your nearest bar to chat about (and drink) some of our award-winning beers in the stylish surroundings of Innis & Gunn's on-sales ventures.

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Wednesday 26 – Sunday 30 July

Edinburgh Food Festival

Get ready for this year’s fringe by indulging in some of Scotland’s finest produce, including a range of Fyne Ales beers! We’ll be making our way to the nation’s capital for the party in George Square Gardens.

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