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#FyneFest20 – Meet The Brewers Part Five

It’s time for the final part of our Meet The Brewers blogs introducing the breweries you’ll see on the boards and on the bar at FyneFest 2020.

We say final, there’s a good chance a few *bonus* breweries will be added to the mix between now and June, and of course we’ve got our international bars to announce and all the beery goodness that will come with them, but this is everyone on the list for now – and what a list it is!


We’ve scaled back the total number of breweries slightly this year, meaning more beer per brewery on the bar, so with these excellent eight added we’re up to 38 breweries for the Main Bar at #FyneFest20!

So, for the last time (maybe), whose beers will you find on the bar this summer?

Another FyneFest favourite for the 2020 list, Hawkshead have been filling our festival glasses with the good stuff on cask and keg for years and we’re delighted to have them back in the glen for this year’s festival.

We’re writing this blog from a chilly Manchester as we prepare to pour on day one of Cloudwater’s Friends & Family & Beer festival, which feels appropriate as we can’t wait to have our pals back on the FyneFest bar. Cloudwater have rightfully earned a reputation as one of the UK’s most progressive and ambitious breweries, and they’re lovely folk too.

Fyne Ales history with Bristol’s Left Handed Giant goes back a long way – with our beers pouring at their Small Bar location before their own brewing project had taken flight! We’ve remained good friends as LHG has been in the ascension, brewing modern, exciting beers that have seen them become one of the UK’s best young breweries.

It’d be hard to argue that any young UK brewery had a better 2019 than Polly’s, who will join the FyneFest party for the first time this year. We’ve been admiring and enjoying their hop-forward beers for a wee while and when it came to choosing who to invite for this year’s festival, they were one of the first on the list.

Now, we might have bent our ‘UK-breweries-only-on-the-Main-Bar’ rule for The White Hag, but we can promise it’ll be worth it as Sligo’s finest brewery make their debut at FyneFest. After a handful of slightly drunken chats about doing each others festivals (Hagstravaganza), 2020 is the year we finally make it happy and we get their incredible stout Black Pig on the taps. Keep an eye out of the beer puppet, not that you can miss it.

Bermondsey legends Affinity are back at FyneFest for the third consecutive year! We love Ben and the team down in London, purveyors of beautifully made beers in classic styles and organisers of the brilliant CASK festivals – the latest of which is taking place today and tomorrow in Peckham, where you’ll find our man Matt! We’re looking forward to sharing a few pints of lovely cask with them in the glen in June.

The final addition to the Origins Brewing bar for 2020 is the unstoppable Overworks. In a relatively short space of time, the Aberdeen project has transformed perceptions of mixed fermentation not only in Scotland, but across the UK. If you told someone in 2010 that Tesco would stocking a British Brett beer by the end of the decade, they would never have believed you, but with the expertise of Rich Kilcullen driving things, they have made a huge impact in UK brewing.

The Queer Brewing Project is a collaborative brewing initiative spearheaded by brilliant, award-winning, beer writer and artist Lily Waite, with the goal of promoting greater diversity, acceptance, and visibility in the beer industry. We’ll be brewing a brand new beer with Lily in late Spring to launch at FyneFest 2020, with proceeds going to charity. It’s going to be awesome.


And we’re done – not a bad line-up, eh?

With all the UK breweries now confirmed expect lots more news about other aspects of FyneFest coming very soon, and be warned – there’s less than 50 Tier 1 tickets left!

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