By Kate Hannigan
Published: 1st May 2018

Pick up your very own NC500 Beer!

Situated on the Black Isle – near the start and end of your NC50o travels. Pick up your very own NC500 beer and find out how their world class organic beer is created. Find out more below from Kate Hannigan.

The Black Isle has long been famous for the quality of its malting barley and it was on their brewery farm called Allangrange, that Sir Roderick Mackenzie recorded in the Statistical Account of 1790, that the land was first cultivated for growing barley because it was found to be of “superior quality for the brewer and distiller.” Thanks Rod!

The brewery has 125 acres of lush, organic farmland used to grow barley to make our delicious beer. We are lucky to regularly witness Red Kites flying overhead at the brewery. In fact we are so fond of them, we named our amber ale Red Kite, because it mirrors the russet red colours of these majestic birds.

We have 200 black Hebridean sheep that were rustled 10 years ago from the Culloden Battlefield and our own polytunnel, letting us grow organic salads and veggies to top our fresh-baked pizzas in our Inverness bar. The spent grain from the brewery mash tun is fed to our livestock, which also includes cows, hens and horses.

We see ourselves and what we do as a natural link between our traditional cultural heritage and the contemporary craft beer world.

The brewery offers tours and tastings all year round. Check the website for more details:

The Black Isle Bar on Church Street, Inverness opens daily 11am-1am and has 14 en-suite rooms available to accommodate the weary traveller. You can find out more, or book rooms here:

So what are you waiting for? Come visit us and ‘Save the Plant, Drink Organic.’


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