Meet The Brewers discussion panels at FyneFest 2017!

New for FyneFest 2017, a chance to meet eight of the UK’s most talented brewers as part of two discussion panels!

These two events on the Saturday of FyneFest are a chance to hear brewers talking about beer and the brewing industry, drink some of their excellent beers and ask them your questions about brewing. The panels are ticketed, to control numbers, with the small ticket cost used to cover the cost of beers tasted during the panel. All eight brewers are giving up their time to join in the fun, so a huge thanks to those listed below!

Tickets are limited, and are on sale now from the tickets page of the website. We ask attendees bring their festival glass with them to the panel.

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Meet The Brewers – Scotland’s New Breweries

4pm, Saturday 3 June, Fyne Ales New Brewery

Panel:

  • Jonny Wilson, Cross Borders
  • Jake Griffin, Up Front
  • Richard O’Brien, Out of Town
  • Paul Gibson, Campervan

Hosted by Jamie Delap, Fyne Ales What does it take to set up a brewery? How can you ensure it will be a success? If you’ve ever thought about starting your own brewing venture, join Fyne Ales’ Jamie Delap at FyneFest 2017 for a Meet The Brewers panel with representatives from four of Scotland’s newest and most exciting  breweries: Cross Borders, Up Front, Out of Town and Campervan. The four brewers will discuss how they got their start in brewing, and the path they took to establish their own breweries and what choices they had to make to ensure their beers stand out in such a competitive market.

Meet The Brewers – Brewing Great IPAs

5pm, Saturday 3 June, Fyne Ales New Brewery

Panel:

  • Stuart Ross, Magic Rock
  • Brice Weidmann, Brewdog
  • Adam Robertson, Verdant
  • Theo Freyne, DEYA

Hosted by Jamie Delap, Fyne Ales We’ve invited some of the UK’s best IPA brewers to FyneFest 2017 to join in a Meet The Brewer panel discussion about brewing, and what it takes to brew great examples of the quintessential craft beer style. Join brewers from Verdant, Brewdog, Magic Rock and DEYA for an in-depth chat moderated by Fyne Ales’ Jamie Delap about brewing, beer and being part of the incredibly fast-moving British scene.

How do classic British-style IPAs stack up against the enduringly popular, resinous West Coast IPAs? Will the rise and fall of black IPAs be repeated with the currently popular Vermont-style IPAs? How juicy is too juicy? Find out what the experts think at FyneFest 2017.


Campervan Brewery X FyneFest - On-site brew!

FyneFest is delighted to welcome Campervan Brewery to this year’s festival, not only via pouring of two excellent casks on the main bar, but also in the main arena, as Paul and Max will park up on site with their brewing equipment in tow! We’ve invited campervan to brew a very special, very small batch beer on site at FyneFest during the weekend, they’ll be setting up in the main arena and using their fifty litre pilot kit to brew a beer on the field – and you get to decide what that beer is going to be! We worked with the Campervan team to come up with three recipes inspired by FyneFest, to make it a truly unique festival ale (festivale?).

Loch Fyne Oyster Stout Beer and oysters, two of the things that Loch Fyne is possibly most famous for. With Loch Fyne Oysters on site serving delicious seafood all weekend, we couldn’t help but think it would be a shame for the oyster shells to go to waste. We plan to clean them up a little and throw them in the boil to add a sweet and salty character to a rich, dark, bitter stout.

Honey & Rhubarb Brown Ale Take a standard brown ale and elevate it using Hoods Honey, available from the Fyne Ales Brewery Tap and rhubarb grown on the Achadunan estate in which Fyne Ales resides for a sweet and fruity twist on a traditional bitter.

Gorse Flower Pale Ale Take ten steps out of Fyne Ales original brewery and you’ll find wild gorse growing abundantly on the hills of the glen. The wonderfully fragrant yellow flower can give an almost nutty flavour with hints of tropical fruit when boiled, so why not add it to a pale ale brew using complementary hops for a delightfully refreshing brew.

The Campervan team will be looking for helpers for the brew at FyneFest – we’ll announce the date, time and location before the festival, so keep a look out so you can head along and find out more about the brewing process behind these beers!

The finished beer will be transferred into a couple of kegs, one of each will go to Fyne Ales and Campervan, with proceeds from the beer’s sale going to charity! So, what do you want to see this year’s FyneFest on-site beer be? Vote now on Facebook!  


Half price local tickets now available!

Fyne Ales are delighted to introduce half price FyneFest 2017 tickets for local residents!

Every year, FyneFest attracts beer, food and music lovers from around the UK and Europe to Argyll for three days of escapism and this year, based on feedback from local residents, we want to offer them the opportunity to join in the fun at a reduced rate.

This means that those with a permanent residence in Inverary, Furnace, Strachur, Lochgoilhead, Arrochar, Tarbet or Cairndow can now get Saturday day tickets for £16.25, Sat-Sun tickets (with camping) for £20 weekend tickets (with camping) for £30 and weekend tickets (without camping) for £25.

Most of these areas are also the areas service by the FyneFest local minibus service – check out the travel page for more information on booking tickets on one of our trusty minibuses!

Please note, these tickets are for those who permanently reside in these areas only – postcodes of all local ticket orders will be checked regularly and anyone using a payment method registered to any postcode outwith the accepted list (below) will have their tickets cancelled and refunded without warning.

Postcodes: PA32, G83 (Tarbet & Arrochar), PA27, PA26, PA24

Book FyneFest 2017 tickets now!

If you have any questions about booking local tickets, please email elaine@fyneales.com.

Looking forward to seeing you in the glen!


Tickets released: Brewery Tours & Glasgow Buses!

A quick update for those who are looking for extras for FyneFest weekend, as today Brewery Tour & Glasgow Bus tickets go on sale.

Fyne Ales Brewery Tours

If you’re looking to enrich your FyneFest weekend, why not book a guided tour of the Fyne Ales brewery? You’ll be shown around our state-of-the-art facility and given insight into the brewing process by an expert from the Fyne Ales team and get to see first hand how and where our award-winning beers are produced!

Tour tickets are priced at £5 per person, with seven tours planned across the weekend at regular intervals. Check the tickets page for full details of times and book quickly, as places on each tour are strictly limited!

Glasgow Bus Service

Each year, we try and make getting to and from the festival as easy as possible with plenty of parking space, local buses for those in Argyll and the final feature – coaches running from Glasgow directly to the festival!

We’ve retained bus ticket prices at the same level as the past two years in order to make the journey up the road as affordable as possible – it’ll set you back just £15 return to get to the festival and back with three travel options available:

  • Fri-Sun – Pickup @ 2pm Friday in Glasgow, depart: 6pm Sunday from the festival
  • Saturday Return – Pickup @ 11am Saturday in Glasgow, depart: 11.45pm Saturday from the festival
  • Sat-Sun – Pickup @ 11am Saturday in Glasgow, depart 6pm Sunday from the festival

All buses pick up and drop off at The Counting House in the centre of Glasgow and all coaches should have plenty of room for camping gear and essentials! For one-way bookings, please email info@fyneales.com.

Tickets are on sale now for both tours and Glasgow buses – as with all FyneFest tickets this year, we ask that you bring printed confirmation of booking with you to the festival!

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FyneFest Brewers Bar 2017 – Kaapse X Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa

Introduced for FyneFest 2016, the FyneFest Brewers Bar is a showcase of some of the best beers from international brewers around Europe, achieve via a partnership between the festival team and beer experts from the continent.

Last year, we were delighted to invite the team from Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa, the go-to beer destination in Rome, to curate the beer for the bar showcasing the best beers from Italy and beyond, and we’re excited to welcome them back to the Brewers Bar for 2017.

However, like much of FyneFest 2017, the Brewers Bar is getting bigger and better this year, and there will be an additional set of taps in the bar, as well as increased capacity. With more taps, comes more opportunity to showcase outstanding beer, so we’ve invited Rotterdam brewing legends Kaapse Brouwers to go back-to-back with the Ma Che team and take charge of half of the bar’s beer selection.

We’re excited to be teaming up with major forces in European beer and can’t wait to see what our curators bring along for this year’s festival. With the likes of De Molen, Brewfist and Nogne Ø  amongst last year’s chosen brewers, we’re confident that FyneFest 2017 will once again be a showcase of the best beers from all around Europe.

Tickets are on sale now.


UK brewing heavyweights amongst first breweries announced for FyneFest 2017.

FyneFest, the UK’s biggest beer, music and food festival, will feature beers from some of the UK’s best breweries including Cloudwater, Magic Rock, Beavertown, Wild Beer and Siren this summer.

Fyne Ales have announced that their annual festival, this year taking place from 2-4 June 2017, will feature a selection of beers from the UK’s top breweries. In addition to Cloudwater, who were recently named fifth best brewery in the world by Ratebeer, other established names including Magic Rock, Beavertown, Wild Beer, Thornbridge, Buxton and Hawkshead breweries beers will be showcased.

Cornwall’s Verdant and Cheltenham’s Deya breweries will make their debut at the festival; two of the most talked about breweries in the UK, their beers are likely to be in high demand at the festival in Argyll.

Representing Scotland alongside the festival organisers, beers from Fierce Beer and Edinburgh’s Pilot brewery will be on offer; while Out of Town, Up Front and Campervan brewing will also be featured as part of a new brewery showcase. Over 160 beers from over 35 breweries from the UK and Europe will be available at the 2017 festival, with more announcements due in the coming weeks.

The breweries announcement is part of an exciting wave of news about FyneFest 2017, including a range of new beer-centric initiatives within the festival.

“While we’re proud of the fact that FyneFest brings together elements of music festivals and food festivals, beer is the star of the show for the majority of festival-goers,” explained Fyne Ales Managing Director, Jamie Delap. “Developing on the success of the Brewers’ Bar introduced last year, we’re putting even more focus on beer for 2017. We’re delighted to announce our first batch of brewery partners, and to introduce three new beer concepts for this year’s festival: Brewers Panels, timed special-release tappings and an on-site micro-brew.”

The Brewers Panels will see representatives from some of the UK’s leading breweries come together to discuss beers of specific styles, and answer questions from attendees, who’ll also be treated to pours of limited release beers during each panel. One panel will be the New Brewery Showcase, inviting a selection of new breweries to discuss their experiences in setting up their businesses.

The festival will also offer attendees the chance to experience rare and exclusive beers from partner brewers through timed tappings on the Brewers Selection tap. At regular intervals during Friday and Saturday evening, a new, special beer will be poured from a specific tap on the festival’s Main Bar. Furthermore, Campervan Brewing will use its mobile pilot brew kit to brew an exclusive collaboration beer in the festival field during the weekend.

Returning in 2017, the Brewers’ Bar will be home to the festival’s international beer offerings, bringing craft beer from some of Europe’s leading breweries to Glen Fyne this summer.

With an increase in beers comes and increase in taps – this year the Main Bar will feature over forty taps pouring simultaneously, while the Walkers Bar and Brewers Bar will also feature additional lines for thirsty festival-goers. The Courtyard Bar and Tap Room also return hosting a full live music programme and the annual FyneFest Festival Quiz.

Further details of FyneFest 2017, including ticket information can be found on the FyneFest website. Additional brewery announcements are expected soon.