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We just had a week in Scotland, tried a few beers along the way and also had a look-see at the

After a couple of poor beer days in Pitlochry we went onto Inverness and the surrounding areas, going to the Benleva Hotel before seeing the brewery and having our lunch and a few beers at the Pub first where Steve is the Owner/Landlord, their beers were on fine form with a good selection of both their own and other cask ales.

Steve showed us round…
They started life at the back of the Hotel with a 2.5BBL brewery (now their brewery shop) but have moved a short distance away and are currently brewing on an 8BBL kit which will stretch to 10BBL once they upgrade their Mash Tun, it was all built by and looks like quality kit.

The relocated Brewery is in an old social club building:
The Barrels with various beers being aged:
This is Allan doing a bit of racking:

Nice to meet Steve & Allan, George their brewer (though they all brew) was out delivering in Edinburgh. I got to try a Barrel Aged Imperial Stout which was fantastic, look out for short-run bottle conditioned beers from Lochness as they are well worth a purchase.

You can follow the Brewery and Hotel on Twitter:

Also worthy of a mention is the savior that was ‘The Highland Beer Shop‘ a tiny place within shouting distance of where we stayed in Inverness with a really keen/helpful owner who sell a good range of interesting World/Local beers @HLBShop

We had a week in Inverness a few weeks back and I’ve only just got the photos off the camera a bit back.
Cracking beers 🙂  They are a fully Organic brewery and use a biomass fed boiler to heat their HLT, boiling with a 30BBL Gas-fired copper, they have both regular FV’s and DPV’s (Dual Purpose Vessels) do check them out, they do tours and Cask, keg, bottle all their own beer

The Front of the brewery with the shop:
Some of the vessels:
The Thistle Wagon!
Mash Tun with grist delivery pipe coming in at the top, they grow there own organic Barley and it gets malted just down the road at Bairds in Inverness, how’s that for Freshness and control over process:
Bottling machine with Keg/Bottle carbonater in front left:
Filter on the LH and FV’s on the RH:
Gas-Fired Copper boiler with the flue going thru the roof:

I dare say we’ll be back, Inverness and the surrounding landscape was rather appealing 🙂
Just a couple of weeks after these photos were taken they had some new fermenters delivered so look out for some even more interesting beers from Black Isle….

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