New Brew News: First Day
On the first day of beer-mas, Fyne Ales gives to you, a heap of Calypso hops with a touch of pear flavours in a session IPA. Introducing First Day, available in 330ml bottle from next week!
We’ve never big fans of Christmas beers – nutmeg, cinnamon and the other seasonal spices that creep into craft brews around this time are not for us, but we do like to brew something interesting for the winter months, which is why this year we’ve doubled up with Cold Brew Mills & Hills for the stout drinkers, and First Day, a super-light session IPA for those who need a bit of relief from the over-indulgences of the season.
When we brewed with Calypso hops earlier this year, we were blown away by the quality of the cones – huge, packed with flavour and an out-of-this world aroma – as soon as we opened the bags, the whole brewery was filled with pungent pear and melon aromas. It was lovely.
So, we kept back the rest of our stash and began planning a refreshing end-of-year brew using the hop, and decided to spotlight the hop's pear flavours with the addition of juice during the brew. The result is a super-sessionable IPA with low bitterness and high-notes of the soft fruit through the finish. It’s not a complex beer, but with all the turkey, stuffing, spuds and other rich foods and flavours the season encourages, something delightfully clean and simple might be just what you need.
Bottles will be available from the Fyne Ales website from Monday 20 November and all good bottle-shops soon after. Be sure to let us know what you think when you pick one up!
Now Hiring: On-site Sales & Support Coordinator
Fyne Ales is on the lookout for an enthusiastic and hard-working person to join our sales team on a full-time basis.
Based in Cairndow, the role will involve taking the lead on local trade accounts, as well as supporting the remote sales team from our head office. As first point of contact for many of our business customers, we’re looking for someone confident, with great energy and passion for beer, who can talk confidently about our award-winning range.
Ideal candidates will be highly organised and proactive, with responsibility for supporting members of the sales team in prospecting new business, conducting research and coordinating technical services. Sales experience is essential, with a proven track record in telesales and digital sales also desirable.
We’re excited to welcome someone to our small, office-based team, so if you think you’re the kind of person who could thrive selling outstanding craft beer, download the full job description below and please send a cover letter and CV to work[at]fyneales.com to apply.
The deadline for applications is Sunday, 17 December 2017.
New Brew News - Cold Brew Mills & Hills
How does an award-winning imperial stout brewed in collaboration with Brouwerij De Molen, infused it with a gourmet coffee blend from award-winning Scottish roastery, Artisan Roast, sound to you?
Say hello to Cold Brew Mills & Hills – coming next week in keg and bottle.
We love Mills & Hills, it has a special place in the hearts of everyone at the brewery - being brewed with our good friends from The Netherlands, being the first beer brewed on 40BBL brew kit and frankly, being delicious. This year we wanted to do something new with Mills & Hills – to play with the recipe and introduce a new dimension of flavour – coffee.
We immediately thought of approaching Edinburgh-based roastery, Artisan Roast to see if they’d be up for working together – their coffee is some of the most interesting and exciting in Scotland - and we were delighted that they were keen to team up.
We spent an afternoon with Piotr Kozuch, the man in charge of getting the amazing flavours out of Artisan Roast’s ethically-sourced beans, where we were introduced to the process of cupping (formal coffee tasting). We sampled five different single-origin coffees and blends alongside bottles of Mills & Hills before settling on Trigonometry, a blend designed by Piotr specifically for cold brewing.
The cold-brew process involves steeping coffee in cold water over a long period, usually a minimum of 24 hours. Compared to brewing using hot water, less oils, fatty acids and caffeine is extracted from the beans by water at colder temperatures, meaning the resulting brew is far more mellow than traditional brewing methods.
Having previously used espresso during the brew process and experimenting in the brewery, we were confident that cold-infusion would be the best method to get smooth, complimentary flavours into Mills & Hills and Trigonometry’s flavour profile was exactly what we were looking for. The coffee has a lovely red-berry and biscuity character, which balances nicely against the sweet dried-fruit and molasses flavours of the base beer.
“Given the amount we get through in the brewery, coffee is a flavour we’re all very familiar with and enjoy,” explained Malcolm Downie, Fyne Ales head brewer. “The flavours in Artisan Roast’s coffees are outstanding, and I was delighted when they were up for working together. Their Trigonometry and our Mills & Hills – it just works incredibly well.”
The next stage was to run trials with Trigonometry and the freshly-fermented Mills & Hills. Drawing beer straight from the tank, we cold-infused three sample bottles - one with finely crushed, one with coarsely smashed and one with whole beans, tasting at intervals to determine how flavours were progressing. The outcome was opting for a full week of cold-infusion using whole beans, which we felt offered the most nuanced, soft and rounded flavours.
“Scotland is making a reputation for high quality coffee and ales," added Artisan Roast's Gustavo Pardo. "It was a great experience working with Fyne Ales to combine both in one delicious product!"
The beer has now found its way into bottles and a limited number of kegs, which you can expect to see out and about from this weekend – including at Craft Beer Revolution in Edinburgh from 23 November!
New(ish) Brew News – Holly Daze
2002, a landmark year in history. We said hello to the Euro, the Queen celebrated fifty years living in her big house in London, Spider-man swung onto the big screen (the first one) and somehow Robbie Williams had the biggest selling album in the UK. It was also the first time that small farmhouse brewery in Argyll brewed a special Christmas beer, a delicious 5% amber ale called Holly Daze.
Fifteen years later, it’s back.
It’s not the first time that Holly Daze has made a return during the festive season, but it is the first time it’s been back on the taps in a couple of years, rolling out of the brewery in cask and mini-casks from Monday.
Holly Daze is a dark amber ale that we’ve always proudly believed is the best non-Christmassy Christmas beer you’re likely to come across – no gimmicky spices, no cartoon Santas, just a solid, robust pint of satisfying, hoppy amber. A trio of hops Challenger, Perle, Spalt on the hot side and a touch of Mittlefruh in the dry-hop give a lightness to the flavour profile, while crystal malt and roast barley give the beer a rich body.
Keep an eye out for mini-cask pre-order posters in your local bar or bottle-shop soon, and the Holly Daze pump clip gracing the taps in the next few weeks!
Gift Pack - Dark Classics
Vital Spark! Maverick! Logo pint glasses! Packed up nicely for the dark ale lover.
Contains one each of the above beers (500ml) plus straight-sided pint glass.
Gift Pack - Pale Classics
Take two of Scotland's finest pale ales and a lovely Fyne Ales logo pint glass and what do you get? The perfect gift for the hoppy pale lover.
Includes one each of Hurricane Jack and Avalance (500ml).