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"Hello, I'm phoning from the Hebridean Princess, we were wondering if you would mind if we bring our passengers round by your brewery when we call in on Colonsay over the next few months" said the voice on the telephone.
The cheek of it. I mean who would want a boat load of exceptiona
The Great and Good man.
Every so often one comes across a truly great and good man. William Wilberforce, Alexander Fleming, Nelson Mandela - now meet a new hero -
Who - only the first cold call that the skiver has managed to turn into a paying customer that's who. Apparently while walkijng along Eas
More bloody Lager
Look at the time. Its seven am. There used to be nothing stirring on this island until a respectable, well semi-respectable - 8, probably 8.30 and sometimes 9. So what's up. Yes - another lager brew. There are just a few boxes of lager bottles left. Instead of sending the skiver round potential main
Larger and Lager
The lager brew is done, all went well (ish), at least since it wasn't a sunday brew the brewers could swear with impunity.
There is a first mainland outlet for draught beer, the Cropwn Hotel in East Linton which is putting on 80/- over the next few days once they have capacity for it.
Home to Roost
I think itís fair to say the top brewing team imagined their work was done for some months when they cast their eye over the stock of product (big business chat). However Keith being the clever counter that he is has worked out that two thirds of what has been produced so far has been sold. This was
Top Restaurant in Glasgow
On the road - selling beers and lager. 11 am and Stravaigin becomes our favourite restaurant as the assembled staff and proprietors have a tasting of the three beer types currently produced and give them the thumbs up. An interesting day all round. An order has been delivered to Stravaigin including
Hold the Front Page
The gentlemen of the press have been beating a telephonic path to the door following the revealation in the island online newspaper the Corncrake of our existence. The Oban Times carried a nice piece, a news agency is sending the story round the nationals tomorrow for Saturday's papers and the P and
Early Start for IPA
7 am and nothing on the island is stirring - except in the brewery where work is underway for the historic bottling of the third ale type.
The IPA has reached the peak of its condition, save for the sail to Oban, and bottling is about to commence. Well that's the plan....early start and the bee
The Hotel telephone in the middle of the opening to ordered a second keg of lager the first having been all but finished in one night. Bloody hell we'll have to brew some more. The delivery will be made by the entire company and their wives for we are having dinner to celebrate the launch of the ent
I Declare This Brewery Offcially Open
Yes we could organise a pxxs up in a brewery. And a jolly good one it was too. Three o'clock say a goodly proporition of the island assembled to see oldest resident Dougie McGilvray, not far off his first hundred, cut the ribbon and declare the brewery open, officially. If the gods had wanted to sen
More Hotel Chat
OK so it wasn't on sale - The till had to be programmed and the brewery failed to provide delivery note etc/. These hurdles have been overcome and at 6.15 all are assembling to have pints of draught lager pulled by the fair hand of island bar managed ANGUS MACPHEE - - always capitalised to empahsise
More History is Made
The Colonsay - 5pm Wednesday April 11 - - - - After a pier side meeting Colonsay Brewery Beer and Lager is ordered for the hotel.
Brewery sales executive - The skiver - was painting his boat. Hotel proprietor Alex Howard was painting his boat, both at the harbour. Skiver and proprietor fe
Apologies for literals and poor grammar - itís been a long and hard day. But a good one.
Bottling happened yesterday. The lager and 80/- were started and sales were achieved in the afternoon. The Colonsie (the island beer sales index) rose several points over the afternoon as strong demand was
Hisotry is Made
Just a quick note to say all is now here. Lager has been kegged and is now being bottled. The 80/- is next. Bottles will be on sale this afternoon - the hotel are coming down for a tasting this afternoon too...and then the directors of the Isle of Colonsay Brewing Company Ltd will be forgathering fo
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