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

Pivo in a half shell, Tortoise power!

Geoffrey warming up by the Aga. The Black Isle is colder than Africa.

What is true however, is that we have new beer. It is a 4.8% pale ale, it is hopped with Cascade, Pilgrim and Nelson Sauvin then dry hopped with New Zealand’s finest just to make sure. It has the fantastic aroma you’d expect from the Nelson with the prerequisite bitterness in the finish you’d hope for in a proper pale ale. The word ‘moreish’ was heavily used during our tasting session.

We haven’t bottled it, so if you’d like to try Geoffrey you’ll have go to a pub and be sociable. To account for all tastes it is both keg and cask with a healthy smattering around Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle over the next two weeks.

As for Geoff, he is settling in to his new home nicely. Only today he saught solace by the Aga only to be sat on by one of the dogs and then almost trodden on when Mike was frying eggs.

Watch Geoffrey in action as he scales the mountainous hearth and heads for the fire.

Black Islay: Welcome to the Evolution

Well it’s been a long time coming but we’ve finally reached a point where we can unleash our new website on you, the World. Hello!


Casks with yummy stuff in (beer)


It has most definitely been a labour of love, lots and lots of phone calls, emails, text messages, more emails, some more phone calls and a significant amount of stress.

Anyway, with Christmas coming up we thought we’d give ourselves a present, and this is it. We hope you like it, because we’ve built it with you in mind.

We’re at pains to state that we’re not finished, this is a work in progress. Expect lots of changes in the future! We’ve got some great ideas in the pipeline. Lot’s of fun, lots of cutting edge stuff and of course, lots of brilliant beer.

Feel free to leave comments, interact with us, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and generally become part of it all. It’s quite exciting, you’ll like it!

As part of this little launch, we now have on sale Black Islay, an 8.1% Bruichladdich Organic whisky aged Imperial stout. Just click Here. You might even find some other goodies on our new shop.


From all of us at The Black Isle Brewing Co.