Five beers brewed in Argyll that you should sample this festive season!

In Argyll & The Isles you’re never far from a good local beer! There’s a fantastic variety of beer and ale being produced by craft breweries across the region. Here are five beers brewed in Argyll that should definitely be on your festive drinks list. Cheers!

Fyne Ales
Fyne Ales Brewery sits in a Glen Fyne at the head of Loch Fyne on the Cowal peninsula. From this stunning location, the team produce a range of modern British beers, including Avalanche, a true golden ale, Highlander, a dark amber coloured bittersweet ale, and Mills & Hills, a jet black imperial stout. Some of the beers are available in mini casks and kegs. Or how about trying a mixed case of ‘The Best of 2017’ featuring 12 bottles of beer chosen by the team to showcase the specials brewed and bottled this year? Fyne Ales’ seasonal offering is Holly Daze, an amber ale with a malty, fruit aroma. The Fyne Ales Brewery is a great place to visit. Taking centre stage is the brewery tap where the beers can be sampled fresh from the tap. There's a shop where you can buy the full range of bottled ales and mini casks, as well as beef from Fyne Ales' own herd of Highland Cattle. You can also take a tour with an expert brewer to see how the beers are made.

Islay Ales
Islay is famous for its whiskies, but the island produces award-winning beer too! Islay Ales brew eight beers on a regular basis. Try Single Malt Ale, CAMRA’s Scottish Champion Real Ale in a Bottle Gold Medal winner in 2010. Kilchoman Dark or Kilchoman Pale both use malted barley direct from Kilchoman Distillery to give the beer a smoky, peaty taste, just like Islay’s single malts. Islay Ales’ festive brew is Kildalton Ale, a dark beer with hints of ginger and cinnamon. It’s the perfect pint on a crisp, cold day! You can enjoy a brewery tour at Islay Ales Brewery and Visitors Centre in Bridgend. Islay Ales are also found in most of the pubs, hotels and restaurants on Islay.

Colonsay Ales
The tiny Hebridean island of Colonsay is the smallest island in the world with its own brewery! Colonsay Brewery creates three ales. This Christmas, why not try Pig’s Paradise, named after the spot where the island’s pigs feasted on Atlantic wildflowers, or 80/, a classic Scots dark ale with a chocolate malt character.

Oban Bay
Oban Bay Brewery is part of Cuan Mor Restaurant, which sits on Oban’s Main Street overlooking Oban Bay. Beer was first brewed here in June 2009 after acquiring brewing equipment from the Isle of Mull Brewery in Tobermory, Mull. Sample the Oban Bay Brewery beers – including Kilt Lifter IPA, Skelpt Lug Dark Ale, Skinny Blonde Ale and Fair Puggled Stout – in Cuan Mor’s Brewery Bar. Ginger Jakey, with its rich red colour, mildly bitter flavour and a spicy aroma, is an excellent choice for the festive season!

Bute Brew Co
Bute Brew Co was established in 2014 after a Christmas Day beach barbecue conversation. Three years on, why not toast your festive celebrations with a Bute Brew Co beer? You’ll find the beer in most of the pubs and hotels on the island of Bute, or you could head to the brewery bar to sample the ales and tuck into some fantastic food. Red, a fruity beer with a pleasant caramel body, is a good seasonal choice. Wait till January and you can sample a bottle of ‘Cock Up Your Beaver’, brewed in tribute to Rabbie Burns. Apparently he wrote a song by that title!

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