Belladrum Christmas Hamper Giveaway!

Belladrum Christmas Hamper

Belladrum Christmas Hamper

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

£50 vouchers from our friends at Ironworks Venue and XpoNorth (formerly GoNORTH Festival)

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.

https://www.facebook.com/belladrum/photos/a.158951377510621.41107.129841583754934/785532411519178/?type=1

https://twitter.com/BelladrumFest/status/545152985773641728

Good luck! (Entries close midday on Monday 22nd December to ensure Highland delivery for Christmas!)

Posted in Fun Stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rudi Rye’ds Again!

This year’s Christmas cracker, Rudi’s Red Rye, comes in the form of a 6.8% Rye Ale brewed with Organic Rye malt, Organic ginger, cinnamon, and orange peel. “A rich, warming red ale, packed with aromas of candied peel and fruit.”

photo

Posted in New beers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beer Pairing for Thanksgiving

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.

6976513031_1e2d50182a_z 6830390950_d232260c6a_z


6830393078_9c7f4bcdc7_z 6830391620_5d1e66d859_z

 

Posted in Fun Stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Taste Hunters: Les Explorateurs du Goût have Arrived on the Black Isle

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.

Doing a bit of filming outside the brewery.

Doing a bit of filming outside the brewery.

Making glorious food on one of our Agas

Making glorious food on one of our Agas


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.
French cuisine with Scottish organic produce

French cuisine with Scottish organic produce


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.

http://tastehunters.tumblr.com/

Save the Planet, Drink Organic :)

Posted in Brewery news | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Black Isle Blonde on TV!

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.’

The key ingredient :)

The key ingredient :)

Although the label was obscured you could easily see the distinctive Organic Blonde label of the BIB.

Posted in Fun Stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Halloween Pumpkin Kegs

To celebrate Halloween and to help you get into the festive spirit we have decided to show you step by step how to create a pumpkin beer keg!

It is a lot quicker and easier than you may think.

We have tried and tested this method ourselves ☺

Tools

Here's the pumpkin tools Drill, saws, pounce wheel and scoop.

Here’s the pumpkin tools
Drill, saws, pounce wheel and scoop.


Pumpkin carving tools (Waitrose & Tesco sell these)
Spoon
Spigot (beer tap)
Several bottles of your favourite Black Isle Beer (Porter should work a treat)
Pen

Step 1

Saw along the line you have traced to create your lid

Saw along the line you have traced to create your lid


Using your bowl, trace a circle on the top of your pumpkin. This circle is going to be the lid of the pumpkin. Once you have traced it using your pumpkin tools take the pounce wheel and run over the outline. Then take your drill and make an entry hole on the line. Remove the drill and then saw around the circle keeping to the line and…. ta-da! – you’ve made the pumpkin lid.
Remove the lid so you can scoop out the innards.

Remove the lid so you can scoop out the innards.

Step 2

Pumpkin flesh and seeds can be kept and used to create other culinary delights. Shame to waste it :)

Pumpkin flesh and seeds can be kept and used to create other culinary delights. Shame to waste it :)


Remove the pumpkin lid and start scooping out all of the pumpkin flesh and seeds. Don’t throw the contents away, if you can and have the inclination to, keep all this yummy stuff and cook with it later. After you have taken the bulk out, use a metal spoon to scrape the sides and get rid of all the stringy bits. If you aren’t diligent doing this you will end up clogging up your spigot later on.
Why not toast these in the oven for a nice festive treat.

Why not toast these in the oven for a nice festive treat.

This yummy stuff is the perfect filling for a pie or the right stuff for a good soup.

This yummy stuff is the perfect filling for a pie or the right stuff for a good soup.


Step 3

You will want to position your spigot lower on the front of the pumpkin so that beer pours out nicely. Using your pounce wheel, trace the spigot on the inside of the pumpkin. You will want to make the hole slightly smaller than the outline; this ensures you won’t have any leaks. Again, take up your little pumpkin saw and cut out the hole. Go slow and easy on this as this is as fiddly as it gets.

This is probably the hardest part and it is super easy!

This is probably the hardest part and it is super easy!


Step 4

Remove the hole shaped cut out and then insert your spigot into it. Ensure it’s tight so it won’t slip out or leak beer (we road-tested ours over the sink with water to make sure there were no leaks).

Now simply add beer to get the party started!

Now simply add beer to get the party started!

Step 5

If all is ship-shape then simply go ahead and pour your favourite Black Isle beer into the pumpkin via the lid. We have put ours in a stylish bowl to elevate it slightly to make it easier for people wanting to use it.

Once you've filled up your pumpkin get pouring and enjoy the Black Isle brew with a hint of pumpkin!

Once you’ve filled up your pumpkin get pouring and enjoy the Black Isle brew with a hint of pumpkin!

We hope that you like this suggestion and give it a go.

Send us photos of your pumpkin kegs on either

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackislebrewery
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlackIsleBeer
Instagram: http://instagram.com/blackislebrewery

Have a happy Halloween everyone and drink responsibly.

Save the Planet, Drink Organic

Posted in Fun Stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off