Awards for Fyne Ales
Item Posted: Tuesday 27th October, 2009
Awards by the barrelful!
… or is it by the bottleful? Fyne Ales of Cairndow continue to pick up awards when ever they go to a festival or competition. At the recent International Beer Challenge (described as ‘ The World’s Largest Packaged Beer Competition’) the brewery on the shores of Loch Fyne picked up two gold medals and a bronze, and then capped it all when their Ale ‘Highlander’ won the Ale Class Trophy as well.
Mind you I don’t care how the beer buffs describe it (their language is nearly as flowery as wine cognoscenti e.g.: ‘A straw coloured brew with a citrus aroma, grapefruit taste and a satisfying dry finish.’ ‘A darkish brown beer with smokey roasted malt). I just know I love the stuff. I won’t even tell you my favourites in their range – if you are already a fan of this very special local brewery I wouldn’t persuade you to change your mind about which you like best; and if you are a newcomer to the brand I refuse to be a killjoy and spoil your fun in finding out which best suits your taste buds!
The setting up of the brewery in 2001 was the brain child of Tuggy and Jonny Delap using a redundant milking parlour in the traditional farm buildings on their farm, and is still run very much as a family business
The design for the brewery and the impact which the brewing makes on the locality are arranged to have as little environmental impact as possible. Water is sourced from a burn above the brewery overlooking Glen Fyne and the head of Loch Fyne, and the quality of the water adds enormously to the taste. Their aim has been to produce a range of excellent beers for a discerning market - hence "uncommonly fine ales". Within nine months of starting production, they were awarded the Scottish regional gold awards from the SIBA (the Society of Independent Brewers) for two of their beers; and went on to compete with these beers in the National Championship in 2003 against strong competition from the English regions, and brought home a silver and bronze award. By 2004 they had won awards in the Scottish regional competition and have not looked back since, picking up National and local CAMRA Awards along the way.
Sadly Jonny Delap died in the summer, but he would be pleased as Punch to see the continuing success of the business. But more importantly I think he would be happy that so many more people are now enjoying the fruits of his labours.