Stingy Beer Brewed for Borefts Festival

By Chris Black

Fyne Ales are delighted to announce that we have been invited to brew a beer for Brouwerij De Molen’s beer festival, Borefts. The iconic beer festival is viewed by many as the top beer festival in mainland Europe, and it is a great privilege to be invited to showcase our beer at the event.

The remit for this year’s festival beer was to create a beer using local ingredients that took influences from traditional methods of flavouring beer. Fortunately, being located in the middle of Glen Fyne, we had a wide variety of different ingredients that we could forage to flavour our beer.

Armed with the brief, our crack brewing team set about putting together some different options for the recipe. The initial thoughts were to use some of the berries that can be sourced within the glen but unfortunately there were not enough in season that could be collected. Attention then turned to some of the less obvious ingredients that could be used and the combination of nettle and bog myrtle was found.

Malcolm our head brewer set off on a mission to source the required ingredients one sunny Saturday morning. There are unconfirmed reports that he was spotted skipping through the meadow with a wicker basket under his arm.

With two sacks of the nettles and bog myrtle foraged he got to work making the brew. The beer is 3.8% ABV with a small amount of hops used to lightly bitter the beer. Then the nettle and Bog myrtle were added to the kettle giving the beer a distinctively fresh,  citrusy aroma.

The as yet to be named beer will be available in cask from the end of September, and will be launched at Borefts Festival on the 27th of September alongside eight other beers from Fyne Ales.

More details about Borefts Festival can be found here:


Snotty IPA

The Drift Inn

The Halt Bar

Rockus Bar

The Brass Monkey

Burger Meats Bun

The Taynuilt Hotel

Frank Christian brews his award winning homebrew

By Chris Black

Friday saw Frank Christian come to Fyne Ales to brew his award winning home brew beer Snotty IPA. Frank won this year’s Institute of Brewing and Distilling Home brew Competition. The competition which has run for the last two years brings the best of Scotland’s home brewers together to compete for the prize of getting their beer commercially brewed. Fyne Ales has sponsored the event both years and offered up a commercial brew to this year’s champion.

The beer named Snotty IPA is a 6.3% American styled India Pale Ale with sweet floral and bitter citrus flavours. Our very own Jamie Delap was on the judging panel for this year’s event and picked Snotty IPA as the stand out beer that needed to be brewed and awarded the beer first place in the competition. An awesome result for Frank who has only been home brewing for a few months.

Frank was involved in every part of the process and was put to work by the brewers; digging out the mash and cleaning the copper of all the Cascade and Apollo hops that he stuck in the brew. A generous amount of Galaxy hops will be added during dry hopping when the beer moves to the conditioning tank.

The hoppy IPA will be available in cask during September and also in limited edition 750ml swing top bottles. Illustrator Gavin Dunbar, who designed last year’s Zombier label, will be working to create another unique pump clip and label for Snotty IPA. Keep eyes peeled to Facebook and Twitter later this week for a glimpse at the design.

Like last year’s competition winning beers there will be a launch event held in the Hollyrood 9A bar in Edinburgh, date TBC. This beer is sure to be a belter and won’t hang around for long so get a taste while you can!