Brewing organic beers with 125 acres of organic barely makes the job just about do-able, but don’t be fooled, Black Isle brewing are no Organic-jargon-jockeys. The guys and gals that make this range of beers work tirelessly with neighbours who grow organic barley to make the balance of their needs and then there is the bill for the hops, which cost three times more than standard non-organic hops!
With all this hassle you’d be forgiven for wondering what possessed an out of work beer lover to set up black isle in 1998? David Gladwin, the founder and previously out of work beer lover, has a real belief and passion in the benefits of organic farming, not just for the beer mind! Black Isle and immensely proud of the positive effects of organic farming on the biodiversity on those 125 acres that Black Isle tend to.
In a really beautifully put phrase black isle sums up their belief in Organics “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.”. If Ever there was an excuse to toast a good idea, we reckon this might be it!