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The Brewery, Islay House Square, Bridgend, Isle of Islay, Argyll, PA44 7NZ

Phone: (0) 1496 810 014



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Islay Ales was founded by CAMRA members Paul Hathaway, Paul Capper and Walter Schobert in 2003. Paul Capper moved to Islay in 1993 but only became a full time resident in January 2003 having retired after 27 years with the West Midlands Fire Service. Walter Schobert retired there after many years as curator of the German Film Museum in Frankfurt. Paul Hathaway moved to Islay in August 2003 having had a long time desired to live and work there. Liz Hathaway serves as the Company Secretary in addition to her duties with the RSPB Scotland reserve on Islay. Their focus is to produce quality real ales for the Hebridean islands of Islay, Jura and Colonsay.

The brewery has a 4 barrel brewing plant that produces all their ales in cask and bottle-conditioned format; therefore, the beers are never pasteurised or filtered. The brewing plant was supplied, installed and commissioned by Dave Porter of the Porter Brewing Company who also oversaw the brewing of the first batch. The bottling plant was handled by Adrian Corke of the Leek Brewery in Leek, Staffordshire, England.


Finlaggan Ale - 3.7% ABV
Islay Finlaggan Ale.
A mid-brown coloured ale brewed with Pale Ale and Crystal malts. Bittered with Goldings hops and finished with Mount Hood and Styrian Goldings for a fruity, hoppy flavour.
Black Rock Ale - 4.2% ABV
Islay Black Rock Ale.
A reddish-brown ale brewed with Pale Ale and Crystal malts along with Roasted Barley for a nutty flavour. Bittered with Goldings and finished with Fuggle and Mount Hood.
Angus Og Ale - 4.5% ABV
Islay Angus Og Ale.
Brewed for the Islay Festival of Music and Malt in 2004. Brewed with Pale and Crystal malts and hopped with Goldings, Mount Hood, and Styrian Goldings.
Ardnave Ale - 4.6% ABV
Islay Ardnave Ale.
A dry, hoppy bitter brewed with primarily Pale Ale malt and a touch of Crystal malt. Highly hopped using Goldings, Mount Hood and Fuggle, and Styrian Goldings.
Dun Hogs Head Ale - 4.4% ABV
Islay Dun Hogs Head Ale.
A dark, dry stout brewed with Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate and Wheat malts along with Roasted Barley. Goldings and Bramling Cross are used for bitterness and additional Bramling Cross is added late in the boil.
Saligo Ale - 4.4% ABV
Islay Saligo Ale.
A golden coloured summer ale brewed with Pale Ale, Lager and Wheat malts. Goldings hops are used for bittering and Bramling Cross is used as both a flavour and aroma hop.
Nerabus Ale - 4.8% ABV
Islay Nerabus Ale.
A winter warmer with a deep ruby colour brewed with Pale Ale, Dark Crystal, Chocolate and Wheat malts. Hopped with Amarillo from the US and Bramling Cross.
Single Malt Ale - 5.0% ABV
Islay Single Malt Ale.
Brewed using only Pale malt and heavily hopped with Bramling Cross for a long bitter finish. Won a Gold medal for CAMRA's Scottish Champion Real Ale in a Bottle in 2010.