Arran Brewery Newsletter November 2018

Let us first of all apologise for the lack of a Newsletter for a couple of months, as always after the demand of the summer we’re working hard to build up our stocks for the festive season. Our beer has been flying off the shelves, and it’s been all hands on deck as we’ve been brewing and bottling away to keep up with demand.

But, it’s a great problem to have and we’re amazingly happy that so many people are enjoying our great beer, and so on with this months newsletter.


Another Award for Arran ID

Arran ID picks up a Bronze award at the SIBA Scottish Regional Craft Beer Awards 2018 in the Cask IPA (5.5 to 6.4%) Category, fantastic as ever to see one of our lesser known beers being recognised for it’s taste and quality.

Find out more about this one of our great beers here!


Mail Order

It’s getting close to Christmas, and you may want to stock up for the season, or for gifts for a loved one or two, so to help out we’re offering a 10% discount on mail order at the moment, enter the code “xmas2018” during your purchase process.

We understand we sometimes don’t give our subscribers long to use the code we send through, so this offer doesn’t expire until 1st of January 2019, so you’ve got plenty of time to stock up. And we’ll update you as soon as we know final postage dates for deliveries to be made before christmas.


Insignia Lager

We mentioned that it was going out to be sampled at our Loch Earn Brewery Bar, but we’re very happy to announce that our Insignia Lager is going to be on wider release soon. We’ve prepared the branding for the 2.8% abv Lager, and it’s going to be hitting pubs and bars real soon. However it will not be available in Can or Bottle to begin with, so you won’t be able to order it online for a wee while yet. But keep an eye out when you’re out and about and see if you can spot our newest offering.


More Insignia

We’re also going to be offering a 3.6% abv version in select places in Glasgow and Edinburgh, rolling this version out to more and more cities. The branding will highlight a signature building or location for each city. We’ve chosen the Statue of Wellington (with the ever present traffic cone on his head) for Glasgow, and of course for Edinburgh is there anywhere more iconic than Edinburgh Castle itself.


The Isle of Arran, Holiday Destination

We got a mention in this article about the Isle of Arran as a holiday destination, and while we’re delighted to be recognised as a tourist attraction on the island, we’ve got to agree that Arran can’t be beaten as a place to visit. The Isle of Arran is a retreat you can’t beat: Leave your cares (and kids!) behind with an idyllic island getaway


Attacked by Hackers

As you may have seen in the press, we were targeted by hackers who spread ransomware to one of our servers. This server did not contain any customer details, and we make sure not to store any sensitive data such as Credit Card details at all. But it did contain call records and files. The ransomware was devious and managed to encrypt everything on the server, and worked it’s way through the online backups as well. This required us to go back to our last offline backups, which were unfortunately 3 months old.

After an intensive few days work from IT support experts we called in, everything was back up and running, and even now they’re still working to see if we can get back anything we lost from the last 3 months. Protection is now in place, and we’re working to ensure that we never face a repeat of the same problem.


Guid Ale: ABV:3.8% vol

A light beer that is clean and fresh in flavour but with a significant presence. A truly fine beer brewed from only the purest water and natural ingredients, and free of artificial additives or preservatives. Naturally.

Nose: Perfumed floral hops aroma.

Palate: Striking flavours of oak wood, toffee with a hint of almond contend against a fruity finish.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy golden colour with decent white head.

Finish: Light mellow, light oily and soft low carbonation.

Comments: A golden hazed beer, definitely a refreshing ‘session ale’ with a delicate balance of malt & fruit.

Find out more, here!


Well, that’s all we’ve got this month.

From everyone at The Isle of Arran Brewery


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