A Fyne move for craft brewery

Fyne Ales
• Fyne Ales MD Jamie Delap and head brewer Malcolm Downie.

FYNE Ales has unveiled ambitious £2 million expansion plans which could treble the Argyll-based craft brewery’s turnover.

Managing director Jamie Delap, whose parents Tuggy and Jonny added the brewery to the fourth generation family farm in 2000, will oversee the building of a new brewery in a former sheep shed.
The project, which is being funded through a grant from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, a Food Processing, Marketing & Co-operation Scheme (FPMC) grant from the Scottish Government and a £1m loan from Bank of Scotland, is expected to see Fyne Ales’ production increase from 90 barrels a week to 180 barrels; the development will enable capacity to rise to 120 barrels per day in five years. Turnover is expected to increase from £1.6m to £5m in four years.
Delap said the project will allow the firm to meet growing demand for its beers, which include Jarl, Maverick and Piper’s Gold.