Argyll brewery features in national ale festival

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Cairndow-based Fyne Ales Brewery will be part of the third ‘Isle of Ale’ Scottish Craft Beer Festival, landing in Lidl’s Scottish stores from today (Thursday May).

Maverick, Sanda Blonde and Sanda Black are all stocked as part of the special in-store promotion celebrating the Scottish craft beer industry.

The full festival collection, which holds 19 craft beers from 13 Scottish independent suppliers, includes lagers, a variety of ales and IPAs, and will be on shelves while stocks last.

Fyne Ales Brewery has been running for more than 15 years and was started by Tuggy and Johnny Delap, who diversified from farming in 2001. In 2016, they celebrated Brewery of the Year at the Scottish Beer Awards, and last year were voted ‘Destination Brewery of the Year’.

The brewery is well represented at the festival with three beers.

The Maverick is a reddish copper ale with an aroma of mixed fruit and caramel malts, and a well-hopped flavour, creating a wonderfully well-balanced beer.

The Sanda Blonde is a light golden IPA with aromas of grapefruit and passion fruit. Flavours of gooseberry and citrus fruits are dominant with a good citrus and hop bitterness to make for deliciously easy drinking.

The Sanda Black is a dark IPA with a light creamy tan head. The aroma is roasted malts with hints of gooseberry. This beer has a sweet, fruity flavour with a good roasted malt and coffee bitterness.

Fyne Ales marketing manager Iain Smith said: ‘We are delighted to be part of Isle of Ale Festival again. Previously, we had one beer represented, but are thrilled that this year there are three of our lines.’

Lidl’s head of buying for Scotland, Paul McQuade, added: ‘Sales of speciality beer at Lidl Scotland have grown by 25 per cent in the past year, and we are proud to unveil the line-up for our third Isle of Ale Festival. We are bringing a collection from new and established breweries located across the length and breadth of Scotland, giving our customers the opportunity to try a variety of quality local beers at great value prices.’