In 2012 Fynes Ales at that time new, Citra single-hop beer was taking the Beer world by storm. Fyne Fest was on the horizon and brewers were scratching their heads for a festival special that can match the whirlwind success of our nordic-named flagship session ale. Enter RUNE, a 3.5% light ale liberally hopped with Simcoe that would go on to steal the show at our annual beer, food and music event and making a lasting impression over the following three years as a regular brew until 2015.
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As they head towards their 20th birthday in November of this year, their brew team will be revisiting a few of their favourite recipes from yesteryear, with the return of RUNE after six long years away the first of many returning brews in 2021 as part of #FyneAles20 celebrations.
“When we decided to dip into the back catalogue of recipes to celebrate the anniversary, RUNE was pretty much at the top of everyone’s list,” explains Fyne Ales Head Brewer Malcolm Downie. “Like Jarl, it was brewed as a light beer that you could have plenty of pints of at a beer festival or in a pub garden so as we head back into warmer weather and folks getting together in gardens and outside pubs, it’s the perfect session beer. I can’t wait to try it after six years!”
For the most part, the 2021 edition of RUNE stays true to its classic recipe – British Challenger provides the base for the Simcoe to showcase its balanced blend of pithy citrus and earthy pine flavours, with a slight update to the malt bill introducing oats in place of wheat for a bit more body.