Isle of Skye Brewing Company
Established in 1995, the Isle of Skye Brewery was unusual both for being the first commercial brewery in Skye and the Western Isles, and for having, at the time, Scotland’s only female brewer, Pam MacRuary. MacRuary has now taken her talents to Isle of Skye Chocolate, but the production of core ales, sold in kegs and bottles continues apace: Skye Gold, brewed with porridge oats; Skye Red, nutty and malted, its colour a tip to the Red Cuillin hills; Skye Black, a dark ale, with toasted oatmeal and honey; and Skye Blaven, named after the Bla Bheinn, or Blue Mountain - a winter ale promoted to the regulars, golden, malty, fruity and Fuggle-hoppy. The core range is completed by Skye Blonde, Skye Yer Ben (created by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin as his signature ale), Skye IPA and Cuillin Beast, named for its 7% ABV. These can be bought online, from the on-site brewery shop as well as stockists throughout Scotland (and, occasionally, further afield).