We’re delighted to win this year’s Highlands and Islands ‘Best Brewed’ at this year’s Highlands and Islands Food and Drink awards. Celebrating the night with hundreds of other Scottish companies at the Kingsmill hotel in Inverness, we were treated an incredible evening of local food, wine and of course, Black Isle beer!
In early 2017, we brewed 23 Trees, a Citra Saison in memory of the 23 ancient broad-leaf trees needlessly cut down next to our organic farm. Together with this beer, we also planted 200 new trees – to support the wildlife that depend on them for survival.
Lauren Mercer Smail joined us a WOOF’er back in October 2014 to find out about life at the brewery and our organic farm. Whilst with us, she shared her artistic talents and created an incredible mural of wild, Scottish animals that now line the brewery walls.
Goldfinch is one of our best selling core line beers – a light, hoppy and gluten-free session IPA, it’s won multiple awards and available worldwide.
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.
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.
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.
Save the Planet, Drink Organic 🙂
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!
Save the Planet, Drink Organic
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!
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!