Arran Brewery Newsletter April 2018
Well Easter has come and gone, and we had some beautiful weather on the island, like the picture below taken from the ferry on Easter Sunday. Summer is coming and we’re getting ready for hopefully a lovely sunny year, with plenty of good weather for enjoying a beer on a cool summer evening.
But in the meantime, here’s what’s been going on here at The Arran Brewery.
Arran Homeland Ale
We’re finalising the recipe for Arran Homeland Ale. Hops, wheat, barley malt, yeast, molasses and Spruce based on a recipe for Common Beer by Sarah Hale in 1849 and a Spruce ale recipe in Amilia Simmons book American Cookery published in 1796. The question we’re left with is should it come in bottle or can? What do you think? Let us know on Twitter, the overwhelming comments so far are in favour of Bottles.
Loch Earn Update
With the summer quickly approaching, we have reopened the bars and coffee shop at our Loch Earn site, and are employing four local people, and will increase in number as demand requires. Why not pop in if you’re passing and meet the great team there.
We continue to see demand for Arran Blonde well in excess of our production capacity with supermarkets rapidly snapping up all of our Premium Brand as soon as they can. This has led to knock on effects so that we are also racing to keep up with demand for Sunset, Dark and Red Squirrel due to the quantity of Blonde we are producing.
In it’s annual survey of the best selling ales in Scotland, Nielsen has reported, that Arran Blonde is the 15th best selling Ale in the country in Small Pack, this is against massive growing competition and investment in the Ale market throughout the UK.
The only three ales from craft breweries on the list above us are Brewdog, Innis and Gunn and Williams Brothers, which are all massively larger companies than ours, which we consider quite an achievement considering the restrictions on our production and differences in scale.
Always nice to see bottles of Arran Blonde in the wild, if you’re out and about enjoying a bottle, then please tag us in on our Twitter or Facebook accounts and let us see.
Get Arran at your events!
With summer coming, why not consider getting some great Arran Ales at any events you’re having, from getting a case or two for a summer barbeque, or getting a 20 liter mini-keg for opening with friends.
Or if you’ve got something bigger planned like a wedding or a party, give us a call at the Brewery and we can arrange to have a cask or keg delivered specially to your event.
And that’s all the news for this newsletter, have a great month.
From everyone at The Arran Brewery