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.
We’re true to our nature and do what we can to create a sustainable, bee-friendly environment at the brewery. On the farm, we also grow our own organic vegetables and herbs in our polytunnel, which make their way to our dinner plates, as well as to our bar in Inverness.
Micro-breweries are on the up, with 1,500 within the UK at the time of writing this blog. As the industry and demands change, we ask Don Valley Engineering, what can the big beer giants learn from their nimble brewing neighbours?
Recently the Black Isle Brewery has come together with the award winning Artisan Roast Coffee to produce a sensational storm in a beer cask now hitting the Stockbridge Tap, in Edinburgh, and other selected outlets in the city.
This huge dark front of caffeine and malt has been produced by a collision of Black Isle Porter, brewed with organic chocolate malt, mixed up with a heavy downpour of Artisan Roast Monsoon Malabar coffee beans, from Southern India.
These beans have been laid out to dry on racks after the monsoon rains and during this process the wet monsoon winds circulate around the crops turning the green coffee beans a rich golden yellow colour and absorbing the rich earthy, spicy flavours.
Black Isle Monsoon Porter 4.2% is a roasted, toasted, lip-smacker of rich bitter chocolate, cinnamon, espresso and cracked pepper – the perfect antidote for any rainy season.
A severe whether warning was issued this morning – whether, or not, to drop everything right now and head to the pub to avoid being marooned without it!
The hamper includes:
A selection of beers from Black Isle Brewery!
2 x New Three Day Tickets to Belladrum 2015
1 x Hamper and goodies from Simpsons Garden Centre
Toyota Rav-4 for the weekend and a golfing brolly from Macrae & Dick
For your chance to win head over to Belladrum’s Facebook / Twitter and like and share to win this years Belladrum Christmas Hamper! Click the links below.
Good luck! (Entries close midday on Monday 22nd December to ensure Highland delivery for Christmas!)
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we here at the Black Isle Brewery have decided to provide you with some beer pairings for your Thanksgiving feast!
Light meat like turkey should definitely be paired with either a Black Isle Blonde or a Yellow Hammer. These two beers are lighter, crisper and will compliment the meat. With their mild undertones of hops and malt they make a nice accompaniment for your main meal. The Yellowhammer is a refreshing beer with a flinty grapefruit aroma and has more body than the Blonde. That said, the Blonde on the other hand has a light biscuity taste that will refresh your palate and is the perfect beer to sip while having a hearty meal. Either of these beers will match up well with your turkey dinner.
For pudding, which is traditionally pumpkin pie we recommend you pick up a bottle of Scotch Ale or Red Kite. These two are more malt based and have a lingering sweetness, which compliments the tasty piecrust. The Scotch Ale has a rich spice finish with a full-bodied taste. You will get hints of candied peel and fruitcake with this beer. The Red Kite with its delicious balance of malt, citrus and berry fruit will also go very well with pumpkin pie. Actually these last two are so good they could serve as a dessert all on their own.
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 🙂
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.’
Although the label was obscured you could easily see the distinctive Organic Blonde label of the BIB.
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 ☺
Pumpkin carving tools (Waitrose & Tesco sell these)
Spigot (beer tap)
Several bottles of your favourite Black Isle Beer (Porter should work a treat)
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
We hope that you like this suggestion and give it a go.
Send us photos of your pumpkin kegs on either
Have a happy Halloween everyone and drink responsibly.
Save the Planet, Drink Organic