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Mini-Cask Club – October 2022: Castle Black!

Mini-Cask Club members, welcome to Castle Black, our October discovery brew!


We’re taking a turn to the dark side for October as Mini-Cask Club members will be the very first people to try our new regular brew, a 4% robust stout that’s taking the place of Vital Spark in our line-up for Autumn and Winter.

Castle Black is brewed with a blend of seven malts and four British hops, delivering a full-bodied and satisfying pint that’s balanced and thirst-quenching – not too heavy, not too roasty, just supremely delicious and moreish.

“We’ve been brewing stouts as specials every winter for the past few years and we’ve used all the knowledge we’ve built up over the years to create a new seasonal brew,” shares Malcolm Downie, head brewer. “While Vital Spark has the rich, roasty character, its new-world hops give it a fruity, uplifting flavour profile and with the colder nights on the horizon, we wanted a more traditional, robust stout for the winter months.”

Castle Black, whose name is a hat-tip to our local Inveraray Castle of the shores of Loch Fyne, will be exclusively sent to Mini-Cask Members in October before pouring anywhere else, so they can try our new stout before anyone else!

Next month, five litres of Castle Black will be combined with five litres of our fruity blonde ale, Hurricane Jack,  in addition to:

  1. Permanent 10% off online shop orders & Brewery Tap purchases.
  2. First access to ALL new releases on the online shop.
  3. A prize-draw for an extra case of beer each month for one lucky member.
  4. A free gift or snack in every other month’s mini-cask delivery!

All this for just £45 a month!


To be the first to try Castle Black and get yourself all the other lovely perks, all you need to do is:

  1. Sign up.
  2. Pay £45 on 1st October (including delivery, saving over 15% vs retail).
  3. Get 10-litres of fresh cask beer delivered by 12 October at the latest .
  4. Enjoy fresh cask beer at home.


Cheers for reading – be sure to stay tuned for social media for updates on Mini-Cask Club!

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