Coming Soon - Fyne Ales X Canediguerra IGA

By Iain Smith

The Fyne Ales brewery was recently treated to a visit from the team from Italian craft brewery, Canediguerra, who joined us for a long weekend in Argyll to plan a unique, trans-European collaboration brew. Flying in from the North of Italy, the four-man contingent lead by award-winning brewer Alessio Gatti arrived in Achadunan to finalise plans for an Italian-style beer to be brewed in the hills of Scotland.

Like many collaborations, plans for the brew began some months before our guests in Scotland. The Canediguerra guys had advised they had access to an interesting ingredient which has never been used before in a British brew – Italian grape must. A by-product of winemaking, must is a fructose-rich mix of the juice, stalks, stems and skins of grapes. Alessandria, where the Canediguerra brewery is based, has many vineyards producing wines using muscat grapes, known for their sweet, strong fruit flavours. As muscat wines are generally young wines, they can be produced year-round, and a vineyard adjacent to the Italian brewery was happy for Fyne Ales to procure a batch of must for our collaboration brew.

After some logistical hurdles were overcome (tax, duty and a lot of import/export red tape), the must arrived at the brewery in excellent condition, ready to be used to brew an authentic Italian Grape Ale (IGA). Just how the must was used and the final beer recipe we’ll cover in a later blog, so stay tuned for part two where we’ll properly introduce the beer and talk a bit more about the research, devising and brewing processes behind it.

Right now the beer is being prepared for bottling and we’re confident that the first leg of the collaboration has produced something special. Stay tuned to the blog and our social media channels (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) for more information on the beer’s release, as well as the second leg of the collaboration in Italy later this year!

New Brew News - March 2017

By Iain Smith

The start of 2017 has been busy at the Fyne Ales brewery, not only with planning exciting things for the year ahead (looking at you, FyneFest), but with producing some exciting new beers. Below are the details of some limited and seasonal release cask and keg beers you might stumble across in your local in the near future.

Orange Apeel

ABV 4.4%

A cask-exclusive session IPA brewed with whole oranges alongside Cascade and Summit hops for a big, citrus taste that gives way to a clean, bitter finish. With a recipe developed and brewed by Erasmus project participant Simone Appodia, this light, easy-drinking, golden ale is a well-balanced refresher.

Three of Clubs

Fyne Ales & Toccalomatto & Casita Cerveceria

ABV 8.8%

An ambitious three-legged collaboration with friends of the brewery, Toccalomatto and Casita Cerveceria, Three of Clubs is a heavily hopped Belgian tripel brewed using the same recipe in three separate locations (USA, Scotland and Italy). Named in honour of one of the three brewers’ favourite pastimes, the beer is a great example of a modern twist on the traditional Belgian style with golden colour profile, bold sweetness at the forefront balanced against a dry, hoppy finish.

Wee Heavy

ABV 6.1%

A limited release, cask exclusive, dark scotch ale. While the majority of the brew has been reserved for an exciting future project, the beer’s warming, rich flavour profile means it’s ideal for the early Spring months and we’ve made a limited number of casks available right now. With a soft chocolatey smoothness and a touch of British and American hops running alongside the caramel finish, Fyne Ales’ Wee Heavy is an excellent example of the traditional higher-ABV Scottish style ale.

Guava Sour

ABV 5%

At the other end of the scale, Guava Sour is a modern take on a full-bodied Berliner Weisse style, with an amped-up ABV and big tropical fruit kick thanks to the addition of over 22kg of fresh guava during fermentation. Available in keg now, Guava Sour is a light, sparkling kettle-sour with strong flavours of lemon and tropical fruit and a refreshing finish.


ABV 4%

Another limited release coming soon, Razuberi! is a session wheat beer with a ridiculous amount of fresh raspberries added to give it a fresh, red-fruit kick. Razuberi!, the Japanese for raspberry, has been brewed as part of a partnership with Japan’s Craft Beer Market where it is known under the less exciting name CBM #4, but limited kegs are hitting UK bars from next week.


There’s plenty more beer to come from Fyne Ales in the coming months, so stay tuned to the blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for exclusive sneak-peaks at what’s coming next. Keep a special eye out for a couple of bottle releases coming very, very soon.

Now hiring: Packaging and Warehouse Operator

By Iain Smith

An opportunity has come up to join the Fyne Ales team – if you are a hard worker and enjoy good beer, then this could be the role for you. We are looking for someone to join the team on the packaging and warehousing end of our production.

The role will involve cleaning, steaming and filling casks and kegs with the best craft beers we can make, as well as responsibility for stock coordination and preparation for dispatch. Additional responsibilities will include occasionally joining the production line during bottling days and local delivery runs as and when required. We are always trying to develop as a team, and we are looking for someone who is interested to learn more about making outstanding craft beer.

The ideal person will be a hard worker, who is up to the physical demands of the job. You need to be accurate with a meticulous attention to detail to ensure that every single pint of beer that leaves our premises meets our standards.  You will more than likely enjoy good beer, want to learn more about the process, and enjoy working in a great team.  A driving licence and transport to get yourself to our location at the head of Loch Fyne is essential.

We are offering a salary of £17,500 for this role, together with membership of our profit share scheme, a modest pension contribution if you opt into the pension scheme and 28 days holiday a year, including statutory holidays.

Interested? Download the full role description and please email with a copy of your CV and a covering letter telling us why you are the right person for the job.

Mills & Hills Prosecco Grappa Barrel Aged

Limited release: Mills & Hills - Prosecco Grappa Barrel Aged

By Iain Smith

Launching as part of the celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of Fyne Ales’ founding, Mills & Hills - Prosecco Grappa Barrel Aged is an exclusive, new version of our award-winning imperial stout.

In early 2015, we collaborated with Dutch brewing heroes Browerij De Molen to create a rich imperial stout flavoured with new world hops. While the majority of the brew went into 330ml bottles, a portion was reserved for transferring into a special barrel, with a long history.

Originating from France in the 1970s where it was used in the production of cognac, the Limousin oak barrel was subsequently taken in by a grappa producer in Italy. The cask was filled with a single-grape prosecco grappa in 1992 and left to age for nearly twenty years before being bottled for a limited-edition Gran Riserva release in 2011.

A few years later, the barrel made its way to the highlands of Scotland to be given a new purpose –aging our Mills & Hills. Having only been used for a single-fill of grappa, the wood retained a huge amount of character of the Italian spirit, which infused the beer with a rich, honey sweetness and complex, deep chocolate character over the space of twelve months.

Recently transferred into to five hundred bottles, Mills & Hills - Prosecco Grappa Barrel Aged is available from the Fyne Ales online store and brewery tap now, and from good bottle shops from Monday 13 February.

Ich Bin Ein Berryliner 12 x 330ml


This Gose

We're Hiring - Marketing Executive

By Jamie Delap

CLOSING DATE - 19th October 2016

This is a job for someone who loves craft beer in all its forms and is excited by the opportunity to take a leading role in developing our brand and telling our story to the UK and around the world.

At Fyne Ales you are going to have a lot of material to work with.  Yes - we've got lots of exciting new beers coming through.  Yes - we like to do great beer launches and tap take-overs.  Yes - we're always delighted when we win prizes.  Yup - we love to push the boundaries on collaboration brews with our friends.  But at Fyne Ales we have a lot more story than that to tell.

  • One site, two breweries, two very different stories.  We recently invested over £2m in one of the most capable British style craft brewhouses in the UK.  Our goal here is to produce some of the best examples of the core styles that are available in the UK.  In the new brewery it's all about constantly improving the flavour, and being consistently excellent.
  • The originial farmhouse brewery is all about creativity and experimentation, and we have great plans that will really double down on these.  We plan to use this brewery to produce beers that really have a sense of provenance and place that is unique to Fyne Ales.  That means we have just ordered a coolship and a set of wine barrels, so look out for some spontaneously fermented / lambic style beers coming through.  Look out for a lot more barrel finished beers, and look out for beers that play with fruits and foraged herbs.
  • We have a great brewery tap and thousands of visitors come each year to see what makes Fyne Ales different.  We're on a working farm with our own herd of Highland Cattle, we're just starting a deer farm, and we have a salmon river that we have been restocking over the last 10 years running past the brewery.  This sense of place is really important to us, and we're very proud of our 5 star reviews on Trip Advisor.
  • Then there's FyneFest.  One of the UK's more notable beer festivals that really puts the Festival back into Beer Festival.  Every June sees about 2,500 people come up to the brewery for the weekend with 150 of the best beers we can find, 2 stages of music and a great selection of food.  With a friendly campsite and a great crowd FyneFest has developed a great reputation and we need to keep developing it.

If all of that sounds like a story you could enjoy telling, and you are up for the challenge of getting as many people as possible knowing about and drinking Fyne Ales then we would love to hear from you.  You are going to need to be confident:

  • Updating our websites and writing blog pieces
  • Communicating on all the main social media platforms
  • Writing and distributing press releases
  • Working with the brewing team and sales team on the new beer development programmes
  • Working with our designers to develop new labels, point of sale and other visual materials

The role is full time - but it could be 100% located at the brewery, or split part working from the brewery and part from a desk in Glasgow or Edinburgh for instance.  We're offering a competitive salary and membership of our profit share scheme for the right person.

We're looking for someone who can write really well, who has a great visual sense and is seriously into the best of the craft beer world.  If you have previous experience in craft beer, or marketing a similar product, that's a plus.  You definitely need to be a good team player, but happy to take the initiative and work independently.  We're looking for someone who likes to work hard, but who also wants to enjoy working in a great place with a great team, while promoting some great beers.

So if you are interested then please email us on and tell us why you are the right person for the job.  Please include a CV and let us know your current salary or salary expectations, but mostly we are interested in hearing from you why you think you are the right person for the role.

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