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.
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!
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