Media Release: Barley to be grown on Isle of Skye for first time in half a century to create unique brew

PLANS to produce an Isle of Skye beer made entirely of local ingredients will see barley being grown on the island for the first time in 50 years.

The Isle of Skye Brewing Company is joining forces with a crofter in the small township of Kilmuir, an area historically known as ‘the granary of Skye’, to carry out a test growing of barley and possibly hops.

The brewery, set up with the support of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in 1995, produces a range of cask and bottled ales and is widely recognised as the premier brewery in the region.

Its managing director, Angus MacRuary, a former Portree High School teacher, has first-hand knowledge of the capabilities of the land where the test growing would take place.

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