Taste Hunters: Les Explorateurs du Goût have Arrived on the Black Isle

Taste Hunters is a french adventure programme, hosted by two exploratory chefs Benjamin Darnaud & Jérome Bigot. This pair travel around the world to discover the real taste of food. They delight in seeking out and discovering “food rebels” as they call them. So it’s no wonder that they ended up at Scotland’s only organic brewery.

Doing a bit of filming outside the brewery.

Doing a bit of filming outside the brewery.

Making glorious food on one of our Agas

Making glorious food on one of our Agas


Jérome was shown around the brewery by our own rebel in-chief David Gladwin. After his tour of the brewery and farm, Jérome treated us to a fantastic lunch made with only organic produce from the farm! The only outside product that was used was the organic Brie.
French cuisine with Scottish organic produce

French cuisine with Scottish organic produce


On the menu was lamb’s kidneys, garlic and Scotch ale glaze, Sutherland kale, nasturtium flowers and Tuscan kale. To follow there were oatcakes, connage, russet apples and apple cake.

Naturally it was all washed down with Smoked Porter, Scotch Ale and Oak Aged Barley Wine.

We cannot wait to see the programme when it is ready to be broadcast on French TV. If you’d like to see it hop on over to Taste Hunters’ websites, where you can get a flavour of what Benjamin & Jérome are doing. Don’t worry it’s subtitled.

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Black Isle Blonde on TV!

One of our Black Isle Blonde beers made a guest appearance on last night’s episode of Come Dine with Me.

Scottish contestant, Jenna, used Black Isle Blonde to make her ‘Perfect Perthshire Steak & Ale Pie.’

The key ingredient :)

The key ingredient 🙂

Although the label was obscured you could easily see the distinctive Organic Blonde label of the BIB.

Halloween Pumpkin Kegs

To celebrate Halloween and to help you get into the festive spirit we have decided to show you step by step how to create a pumpkin beer keg!

It is a lot quicker and easier than you may think.

We have tried and tested this method ourselves ☺

Tools

Here's the pumpkin tools Drill, saws, pounce wheel and scoop.

Here’s the pumpkin tools
Drill, saws, pounce wheel and scoop.


Pumpkin carving tools (Waitrose & Tesco sell these)
Spoon
Spigot (beer tap)
Several bottles of your favourite Black Isle Beer (Porter should work a treat)
Pen

Step 1

Saw along the line you have traced to create your lid

Saw along the line you have traced to create your lid


Using your bowl, trace a circle on the top of your pumpkin. This circle is going to be the lid of the pumpkin. Once you have traced it using your pumpkin tools take the pounce wheel and run over the outline. Then take your drill and make an entry hole on the line. Remove the drill and then saw around the circle keeping to the line and…. ta-da! – you’ve made the pumpkin lid.
Remove the lid so you can scoop out the innards.

Remove the lid so you can scoop out the innards.

Step 2

Pumpkin flesh and seeds can be kept and used to create other culinary delights. Shame to waste it :)

Pumpkin flesh and seeds can be kept and used to create other culinary delights. Shame to waste it 🙂


Remove the pumpkin lid and start scooping out all of the pumpkin flesh and seeds. Don’t throw the contents away, if you can and have the inclination to, keep all this yummy stuff and cook with it later. After you have taken the bulk out, use a metal spoon to scrape the sides and get rid of all the stringy bits. If you aren’t diligent doing this you will end up clogging up your spigot later on.
Why not toast these in the oven for a nice festive treat.

Why not toast these in the oven for a nice festive treat.

This yummy stuff is the perfect filling for a pie or the right stuff for a good soup.

This yummy stuff is the perfect filling for a pie or the right stuff for a good soup.


Step 3

You will want to position your spigot lower on the front of the pumpkin so that beer pours out nicely. Using your pounce wheel, trace the spigot on the inside of the pumpkin. You will want to make the hole slightly smaller than the outline; this ensures you won’t have any leaks. Again, take up your little pumpkin saw and cut out the hole. Go slow and easy on this as this is as fiddly as it gets.

This is probably the hardest part and it is super easy!

This is probably the hardest part and it is super easy!


Step 4

Remove the hole shaped cut out and then insert your spigot into it. Ensure it’s tight so it won’t slip out or leak beer (we road-tested ours over the sink with water to make sure there were no leaks).

Now simply add beer to get the party started!

Now simply add beer to get the party started!

Step 5

If all is ship-shape then simply go ahead and pour your favourite Black Isle beer into the pumpkin via the lid. We have put ours in a stylish bowl to elevate it slightly to make it easier for people wanting to use it.

Once you've filled up your pumpkin get pouring and enjoy the Black Isle brew with a hint of pumpkin!

Once you’ve filled up your pumpkin get pouring and enjoy the Black Isle brew with a hint of pumpkin!

We hope that you like this suggestion and give it a go.

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Have a happy Halloween everyone and drink responsibly.

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Vorsprung durch Technik Indeed!!

Recently the Black Isle Brewery received a very special shipment of 4 Rolec tanks from Germany with a 10,000 litre brew capacity per tank, which means we can keep all of you better supplied with our yummy beer ☺ What makes these tanks so special is that they are uni tanks, which can ferment and condition at the same time.

We just love this kind of multi-tasking!

Rolec Tank

Rolec Tank 2

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Black Isle Brewery at The Mod

Black Isle Brewery will be supplying the beer outside Eden Court where the bar will be set up all week! Come along and get the craic over a few pints of Blonde, Red Kite and Porter and soak up the festival atmosphere over the next few days with traditional Gaelic music, highland dancing, sport, literature and drama. The Mod is now in it’s 122nd year and this is the first time since 1997 that the event has taken place in Inverness. Come and join in with Scotland’s biggest Gaelic Cultural festival by starting off the week with a few Black Isle Organic Beers!

 

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The Little Cawdor Bag Company

Have you seen these lovely highland gems in our brewery shop ? Made by The Little Cawdor Bag Company, these are handmade using our own customised Black Isle tweed. Find out more here. We have small and large duffel bags, tea cosies, scarves, cushion covers, and more. Looking for some authentic Scottish gifts homemade in the Highlands? Or just fancy treating yourself? Come up and have a browse or make a visit to their online shop! We might be getting some new stock in soon too…watch this space!

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Jocktastic times at Jocktoberfest!

Howdy!! So one of our biggest events of the year has been and gone, and as usual it was a huge success! So much preparation and hard work from everyone here at the Brewery, and all completely worth it in the end, as every one of you who attended were all on great form, and seemed to have a good ol’ humdinger of a time! The theme this year was The Wild West, and you all rose to the occasion with Cowboys, Cowgirls, Native Americans, even some Cacti and Horses made an appearance. The winners for the online competition of Best Costume and Best Selfie will be announced this coming Friday so y’all better get posting your photos on our Facebook and Twitter pages to be in with a chance!

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grisly dave         hog roast and pas

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Cheese, Glorious Cheese

We have some new stock in this week…gorgeous fresh organic cheese from Connage Highland Dairy. We had our Beer, Cheese and Tunes event not long ago which was a collaboration between ourselves and Connage. As it was such a success, we decided to get in on the action and we now have some of their cheeses stocked in the brewery shop. To help things along, we have paired our beers with each of the cheeses, so now you can have a lovely organic melt in the mouth combo! Read on and decide what you will be going for…

Connage cheese

If you fancy a Blonde, go for a slice of Cromal – with it’s citrusy notes, grassy aromas and fresh and mild flavours, these are a great match.

Our Red Kite Ale is great teamed with Clava, with a slight sweetness balanced by the creamy brie.

The Gouda, with its Eastern Spice harmonises with the fruitiness of the Goldeneye Pale Ale.

And finally, the Scotch Ale is perfect with the Smoked Dunlop. The bittersweet ale is complimented by the smokiness of the cheese.

Which combo will you go for?

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Belladrum Fest 2014

We are very busy getting ready for Belladrum Festival this weekend!! We will be on the bar at the Grassroots Stage which is sponsored by ourselves and will be serving Blonde, Yellowhammer, Red Kite and Porter over the weekend so come along for some delicious cold pints, sit on the straw bales, and enjoy the festival atmosphere!! If you tweet us your photos of yourself at Belladrum with a pint of our beer, you could win a case of Black Isle Blonde delivered to your door anywhere in mainland Britain! Tweet us @BlackIsleBeer for your chance to go home with a few Blondes!

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Beer, Cheese & Tunes with Black Isle Brewery and Connage Dairy

We’ve teamed up with Connage Highland Dairy for an exciting new event. On Saturday 26 July we’re hosting an afternoon and evening of great beer, cheese and live music from bands including Dorec-a-belle, Esperi, Dr Wook and Douglas Scott.

From 12 noon ’til 9pm you’ll have the chance to meet the producers, learn how beer and cheese are made, eat the fabulous produce, sit on straw bales, and dance or relax while listening to music on the hayloft stage.

Beer, Cheese & Tunes

The special event will take place here at Black Isle Brewery, set in beautiful old farm buildings with wonderful views of the countryside, less than ten minutes drive from Inverness.

You can also attend an exclusive beer and cheese pairing sessions at 3pm and 5pm, with the chance to taste five of our finest beers, each with a complimentary cheese chosen by the Pantry. Jill Clark of Connage and Black Isle Brewery’s David Gladwin will guide you through the tasting. You can also take a tour of the brewery at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm visitors and see how our delicious beer is made.

The Cheese Pantry will be honing their culinary skills, serving up delicious raclette and hot cheese toasties from their special catering stall throughout the event.

Come rain or shine this will be a fantastic event for foodies, craft beer lovers and music enthusiasts. With tickets just £5, it’s a superb value day out.

Tickets will be available on the door.