New Brew News: Ich Bin Ein Berryliner 2017

By Iain Smith

Despite what you may have read in beer blogs, bottle labels and a million Untappd check-ins, kettle-sours are not just “perfect for drinking on a summer’s day” – they’re perfect for drinking all year round.

Which is why we’re super-happy to let you know that Ich Bin Ein Berryliner is back, and back to stay. We’re adding our favourite fruit Berliner weisse to our year-round brewing schedule in both keg and bottles.

For the first 2017 batch of Berryliner, we tweaked the recipe slightly from the 2016 brew. It’s still a soft, sparkling and slightly sour beer, but with a much bigger raspberry kick. We upped the fresh fruit content on which the beer was aged by 20% to give Berryliner a more luscious, juicy, red-fruit flavour profile. Fruity, crisp, refreshing, no matter what season you’re drinking it in.

Expect to see the beer on draft from this weekend (including at the West End Beer Festival) and bottles in a couple of weeks’ time (we’ll give you a heads up on social).

New Brew News: Fake Tan

By Iain Smith

Don't most people like to spend a bit of time soaking up the rays during the summer months? Stretching out by the pool, sipping a cold drink and maybe picking up a bit of a healthy glow to impress your workmates, friends and family? Of course, it can be a bit difficult to do any of this if you’re stuck in Scotland over the summer, but you can always fall back on a bit of Fake Tan.

Our latest cask special is inspired by the unpredictable weather we get on the West Coast of Scotland; it’s 4.7% beer designed trick the eyes and mind, just like those who indulge in a bit of artificial tanning (and it’s just as orange in colour). Fake Tan is white stout brewed with coffee, cacao nibs and toasted coconut – it’s got a dark beer’s soul, a light beer’s heart and the colour of someone who choose the wrong setting in the spray tan booth (never count Mississippi-ily).

The beer drinks incredibly smoothly – soft aromas of coconut and coffee are followed by a taste that is rich and full-bodied, with the coffee reappearing in the moreish, creamy finish.

Brewed in the original Fyne Ales brewery, Fake Tan is a small-batch brew that will be rolling out of the brewery on Monday. It’s one of the more interesting cask beers we’ve produced in a while, and definitely one of the tastiest, so be sure to keep an eye out for it in your local in the coming weeks.

Of course, you can follow us on social media as we often share when beers are tapped, and be sure to let us know what you think of Fake Tan!

New Brew News: North West Hop Lager

By Iain Smith

We’ve always believed in making small, iterative improvements to our recipes to make sure our beers are the best they can possibly be, but sometimes it’s better to start over again. So with that in mind, we’ve torn down the Haus and built something new in its place – introducing North West Hop Lager.

Brewed in the North West of the UK using hops from North West(ish) New Zealand, our new 4.7% pilsner arrives next week. This isn’t your typical mass-produced affair – North West is brewed using two of our favourite new world hops, Nelson Sauvin and Motueka, both known for their fruit-forward characteristics.

The slow-fermented lager offers green grape, gooseberry and a whack of citrus fruits on the nose and in the taste, with a super-clean finish that will quench the thirst of even the most parched drinker.

We’re very proud of Haus Lager as our interpretation of a modern helles-style beer, so don’t rule out it making a return appearance down the line, but for now, keep an eye out for North West in the pub or at one of our many (many) events this summer. If you do give it a shot, let us know what you think of it on social media or Untappd.

Legal Disclaimer: Any similarity between the name of this beer and the offspring of any famous rappers is purely coincidental. Please don't sue us Kanye.

Now Hiring: Part-time Brewery Tap Team Member

By Iain Smith

Fancy working at one the most beautiful brewery locations in the world? Now’s your chance!

Fyne Ales is seeking someone to join our Brewery Tap & Shop team on a part-time basis. The position offers around 20 hours per week (flexible), including the possibility of working weekends and external events.

We need someone energetic, enthusiastic and ideally passionate about beer to help tell our visitors about our award-winning beers, help them pick bottles from the shop to take home and lead tours around our two brewing facilities.

Ideal for someone located in the local area, the position will include training, but bar experience is preferred.

If you think this sounds like something you’d be ace at and you’re keen to learn more about what we do, drop us an email with a CV and a short cover letter (just a quick hello) to sam.bennett[at]fyneales.com.

Deadline: Monday 24/7/2017

New Brew News: Fyne Ales X Brewdog Glasgow Shakers In Paris (& Revival Juice!)

By Iain Smith

We’re tight with the good people from Brewdog Bar Glasgow, we go way back, all the way back to October 2013 when we were invited by them to work together on the first of Brewdog’s Collabfest events in 2013to produce the acclaimed 48 Miles Later chilli black IPA.

So when they approached us with an idea to brew a special beer to mark their sixth birthday, we were more than happy to oblige. We worked with the team from down the road to create Shakers In Paris, a 6%, ultra-small-batch French Martini-inspired IPA brewed with pineapple, raspberries, oats and lactose.

We were delighted to have Ross and Leanne from the bar join us for the brew day; both first-time visitors to the brewery, they weren’t afraid to get stuck in, helping with every stage of the brew, starting with chopping a whole heap of fresh pineapples.

 

Of course, to sure we were going the right way with the brew, we had to knock up a round of French martinis during the boil and compare tasting notes. At 11am. Serious brewing business.

As is tradition, brewing guests are required to get their hands well and truly dirty by cleaning out the mash tun. With the size of our original brew kit, around 6% is the highest ABV we can squeeze out of a brew, so this particular clean-out took a fair bit of work.

We also had time to take the guys on a quick guided tour of the glen, giving the guys a run through the history of the brewery, the estate and how the land was being used today outside of brewing activities.

Shakers In Paris, whose name is inspired by both the cocktail origin of the beer and the hiphop playlist that soundtracked the brew day, has turned out really well - the combination of the oats in the grist and dissolved lactose capture the creamy-sweet vibe of the cocktail really well, with of course plenty of juiciness from the raspberry and pineapple additions. As it is an IPA, we've made sure there's a hop backbone behind all the fruitness, with Sorachi Ace and Summit used to ensure a satisfyingly clean finish.

We’re super excited for the beer’s launch on Friday 21 July as part of the bar’s birthday celebrations We. Are. Six. We hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it down, don’t worry as the beer will also be popping up at the following Brewdog bars in the coming weeks (with possibly a few more to be added): Stirling, Aberdeen Castlegate, Dundee, Glasgow Doghouse, Camden, Soho, Clerkenwell.

 

But wait, there’s more. The base beer from the batch was actually split into two separate brews – one infused with pineapple and raspberry for the Brewdog-exclusive brew, and the other given a week on a mixture of lemons, limes and oranges to become Revival Juice! – a citrus oatmeal IPA with a refreshingly sour edge that conjures up ideas of a breakfast parfait. Revival is going to be more widely available than its sister beer, so expect to see it around as well as popping up in some Brewdog bars.

Keep up to date with the latest by following Fyne Ales and Brewdog Glasgow on social and be sure to check out the full gallery from the brew day – Fyne Ales X Brewdog Glasgow – Shakers In Paris Brew Day.

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New Brew News: Original Brewery, Kurgan & Atlantic Boulevard

By Iain Smith

We recently announced on social media that, after a few months of renovation works, the original Fyne Ales brewery was back in action.

The plan was always to keep the original brewery as an additional, supplementary 10BBL facility once the new 40BBL brewery was complete, but getting it working efficiently was proving to be a challenge, as the equipment aged and the building itself began to show signs of the thirteen years of hard graft it had put in brewing our award-winning beers.

In early 2017, we decided to close the original brewery down to make some much-needed improvements. The first renovation was replacing the original 2001 boiler with a steam-link to the one powering the new brewery. The second was to improve drainage – the building’s original drains had been installed during construction to support the building’s original purpose of being a dairy, so it was high time to get a better solution dug into the floor.

The good news is that these renovations are now complete and we’ve been brewing like crazy on the old kit, knocking out more beer than we can cope with (literally, one of the FVs was a right state last week as fermentation carried about a fifth of the beer over the top).

The first two beers out of the brewery are launching this and next week!

First up, Kurgan, a 4.4% traditional amber with a hoppy, bitter finish. We’ve had increasing demand for old-school styles in keg, so we took the base recipe of our award-winning cask ale Highlander, brought the ABV to a slightly more sessionable level and played with the hop additions to create a keg rival to our first ever beer. There can be only one. But probably not because we’ll keep making both for a while if you like Kurgan. Let us know.

Secondly, the first small-batch cask special from the original brewery in quite some time and the return of our series of American-style IPAs on cask. The Boulevard series will see the return of Sunryes (Rye IPA), Long Beech (Smoked) as well as a couple of new entries including the first beer – Atlantic Boulevard! The 5.6% Atlantic uses hops from both sides of the ocean in a trans-atlantic showdown, with the British bruiser East Kent Goldings facing off against the formidable tag-team of Simcoe and Warrior in a handicap match for the ages (and happy stomachs).

There’s a lot more beer on the way out of the original brewery (*cough*BrewdogGlasgowBirthdayBeer*cough), so keep an eye on the blog and social media for the latest.

 

P.S Our pals at Wild Beer Co rebrewed Cool As A Cucumber and it's tasting better than the first time round. Go find it.

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!

 

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