Cold Turkey Breakfast Beer

We think everyone can agree that good beer should have good flavour, aroma and body.  For those who wish to enjoy a pint or two without feeling guilty about drinking a stronger beer we at the Black Isle Brewery have developed a lower alcohol beer.  This may be a lower abv than the rest of of our beers but with a higher hop charge than most it does not compromise on quality or taste.

Just in time for 6 long weekends of rugby we have the Cold Turkey Breakfast Beer.  Using oats, barley and wheat in the brew it has all the malty taste of multigrain cereal, a refreshing grapefruit flavour coming through from the hops gives it a fruity character, and to finish it off the heavy roasted barley gives a subtle coffee edge to the overall taste to this all day breakfast in a pint.

It will be available in cask around Edinburgh from this weekend with bottles available in selected outlets and direct from our online shop from Friday 8th February.  The pubs about to vent their casks of Cold Turkey Breakfast Beer include:

The Waiting Room

Bow Bar


Holyrood 9a

Black Cat

Caley Sample Room

Jolly Judge

Mash Tun

If hanging around till Friday is not for you we are launching it at The Waiting Room, Belhaven Street, Morningside,Thursday 31st January, 7:30pm.


New Beer in Town

The month is almost over with many/ most resolutions forgotten. We believe in continuing the year as we started. Drink in hand. To celebrate the end of January we are launching a brand new beer and having a Meet the Brewer event to give you all the chance to try it.

Colin “Mr Brewer Man” Stronge and friends will be heading down to Edinburgh to the delights of The Waiting Room for a night of some very special aged beer and exciting new beer just days out of the conditioning tank. We will of course have all the beers you would expect at a Black Isle Brewery event along with a chance to win some excellent prizes including tickets for the 2013 Black Isle Shindig in April.

Here’s all you need to know:

7:30pm, Thursday 31 January 2013
The Waiting Room
7 Belhaven Terrace, Edinburgh
EH10 5HZ

Salone del Gusto 2012

First morning

Lewis and Richard are just back from the most exciting and interesting food and drink events anywhere on Earth.  Slow Food did a brilliant job of getting together a staggering number of small scale farmers, producers and community projects in one place for over 20,000 visitors to see whats out there.  Along with all the stalls there were seminars and tastings.  This  included a beer and cheese pairing with Lewis as one of the speakers.

Lewis at the stand

Over the course of five days the people of Italy and the rest of the world got to sample our full range of beers and a few special ones at the Salone del Gusto in Turin.  For most it was the first time they had tried our beers but it was also fantastic to speak to the Italians, Swedes, Finns and French who had already tasted it in there home country as well as a few who had actually toured the Brewery.

Brewery visitors

Our friends at Ales & Co. were running the British Bar at the event.  They were tearing through the Black Isle bottled and kegged beer at such a pace it was all gone long before the festival finished.  Here are the bar team enjoying a very well deserved, first taste, of the cask conditioned Porter.

Well deserved beer

A big thank you to Ales & Co for getting Italians drinking organic Scottish ale, Slow Food for organising the whole thing, Slow Food Edinburgh for helping us over there and to all friendly people who came to say hello.

We hope to see you all at the next Salone in two years time.

Ales and Co.

Salone Del Gusto

Slow Food

Slow Food Edinburgh

Black Isle in Japan

From the Highlands of Scotland to down town Tokyo.  After a long voyage Black Isle Brewery beer is now in the shops and bars of Japan!

Black Isle in Japan

If the beer being in the country of Japan is not close enough you can get it delivered direct to your door through Liquorland.

For those who would rather drink their beer proudly in a bar here are your places to go:

Highlander Inn

The Dog House Inn

Ann Tigh Siennse



If you would rather have a cold bottle of Goldeneye waiting for you at home bottle shops include:






Jocktoberfest 2012

Come up to the Black Isle Brewery on the 8th of September for a day of live bands, locally produced quality food and unique beers from some of Scotland’s finest breweries.

On the beer front we will be brewing some very special beers which are:

Dunkel Wheat Beer

Black & Tan

5.8% Nelson & Motueka Hopped I.P.A.

Guest beers to be announced.

For the musical entertainment we have:

We See Lights


Easy Tigers

Miniature Dinosaurs

The Merrylees

Whisky River Band

The Galipaygos

Todd Cook


Toby Michaels Rolling Damned

More bands to be confirmed with other shinanigans happening throughout the day.

Free camping is availbale on the farm and for those wishing to make a weekend of it live music starts in the bar on the Friday night, £5 entry on the door.

Advanced tickets £20 available here.

For more information see Jocktoberfest.

Black Isle reared lamb – just in time for Easter!

These little beauties have been born and raised on our own organic farm.

They feed on natural grass pastures supplemented by the draff (spent grains from the brewery mash tun) and complete the cycle whereby we; grow barley, make beer, feed the bi-products to our stock, they then fertilise the ground and keep the weeds down so that we can grow more barley!

We are selling the lambs whole or half. They come as legs, chops, shoulder, shanks etc. ready for the freezer.

Price £10/kg.

Available from Thursday 5th April.

There is only a limited amount available. We and our family and friends will all be tucking into it this Easter so contact us now on 01463 811871 to avoid disappointment.

(Purchases can be picked up from the brewery.)

Spring into the season with a Black Isle Brewery barbeque

Tis the season to be grilling… almost!<

On Saturday 7th April we’ll be hosting a barbeque at the brewery from 12pm until 4pm. <

Pop along and enjoy some organic, Black Isle reared burgers, sausages and veggie treats.

What better way to thank the sun gods for shining upon the Black Isle, than to send up some lovely wafting barbeque smells. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that they’re still smiling on us on Saturday!

We look forward to seeing you here.

A Noble event…


To fine or not to fine?

Unless we are very much mistaken, the world of beer appears to be changing quite dramatically. Some well preserved myths surrounding our national drink are being given a right royal kicking, the latest being that clear beer is good beer. Should we use finings in our cask beer, or should we leave it ‘au naturelle’?

The Stockbridge Tap, a haven for great beer and tasty food… and we’re not just saying that to be nice, it’s a great pub.

Still unconvinced? Go and seek out an unfined beer, ignore your predisposed objection to hazy ale and taste with your mouth not with your eyes. You’ll be rewarded, we promise.

If you want to help push for unfined beer through SIBA, Justin presents his case most eloquently here .

Evolution not Revolution. Exciting times ahead.

From ground to glass

Here’s Beer Maker in Chief, Colin standing in a room with some barley. He likes that sort of thing.

We’re hoping the malt will arrive in time for the Imperial Pale Ale brew schedule, so that will be a double whammy of palate-whetting excitement.