If you haven’t been already come and visit us in Munlochy and take a tour of our brewery. We’re only 6 miles north of Inverness on the A9. Here’s a little about how it came to be and why we believe organic beer is the best beer...
Black Isle Brewery was started by David Gladwin in 1998. An unemployed beer lover, he set out to make world class beer using barley and hops grown on organic farms as nature intended, without the use of destructive chemicals. Today, 18 years later, we produce 5,000 litres per brew and package it in bottles, casks and kegs to be shipped all over the world.
Over the years, the brewery has bought 125 acres of land and turned it into a working organic farm. We grow our own barley but not quite enough to sustain brewing so we buy additional barley from other local organic farms. The spent grain from the brewery mash tun is fed to our 200 black Hebridean sheep that were rustled 10 years ago from the Culloden Battlefield and our beautiful jersey cow that produces milk for our tea and coffee!
In December 2015 we got our own polytunnel and now grow organic salads to use on our tasty pizzas! Organic production promotes biodiversity, helps wildlife and provides a mixed and sustainable ecology for flora and fauna to thrive. It is the antithesis of modern agro industrialist production which is based purely on monoculture and profit. Like good beer we believe in balance.
As organic brewers we pay three times as much for our hops and twice as much for our barley, but we believe that some things are just worth paying for!
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet!