Well as years go 2011 has been a cracker. Our industry is in the throws of a hugely exciting time for well crafted beer, which we have seen reflected in our growth over the past 12 months. We are 50% up on last year and we have seen some hugely exciting developments.
Below, in no particular order, are our top Black Isle Brewing Co. moments of 2011.
Our beer went foreign!
Every ambitious company wants to see a demand increase, and we saw it this year as we began to export our beers to lands afar.
One of the bands on our now iconic stage
Again the weekend was a smash, with even more people turning out despite the threat of severely average weather. The weather behaved and we had the most excellent Saturday night, with the tagline ‘Beers, bands and bratwurst’ we fully intend to do it all again next time around.
Our deal with Adnams!
We like Adnams, a big regional brewer with a real social conscience and commitment to the environment. We like Adnams a lot in fact, and we were thrilled when they agreed to distribute the kegged Organic Porter across their vast network. We already have several installations in London and the number is growing. Watch this space!
Our kegged Porter can be found at Tapping the Admiral in Camden
The only way is up as they say, except geographically speaking, in which case the way forward for us is down.
You can’t be a brewery and not mention your beers in your end of year highlights. Certainly not when your new brewer has been whipping up a storm.
It would be fair to say that we’ve changed tack a bit on the beer front this year. Nothing showcases this more than our collaboration with Masterchef winner Tim Anderson. Tim came up with a bonkers idea for a Smoked Weizenbock with Chilli, and we let him brew it. Turns out his pallate is pretty good, because the beer was a winner. Tim then did us the great honour of matching his food to our beer and cooking for 80 people at the Caley Sample Rooms in Edinburgh.
Following on from that Colin came along and whipped up his Black Stout, at 7.4% and destined for aging in Bruichladdich organic whisky casks we managed to rack off 2 casks and 1 keg and show the beer world where Black Isle Brewing Co is heading! The aged version we called Black Islay and is available now on our online shop. Enjoy. Sensibly.
As for 2012, well we’ve had a few ideas and expect to see the first very early in the new year.
Other gems fro 2011 include our new website built by our friends at Gecko New Media, our new merchandise provided by our friends at Vektor, two great events at Cloisters Bar in Edinburgh and the arrival of yet more spaniels. It’s been a blast and if we listed every great moment we’d be here all night.
Thank you all for your support, custom, help and any other way you may have contributed to such a great year. We’re already looking at 2012 being something of a landmark year and we hope you’ll join us on the journey.
If you have any memorable Black Isle Brewing Co. highlights and you want to share them, feel free to comment on the bottom of this post. We’d love to hear from you!
Have a fantastic Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
From all of us at Black Isle Brewing Co.