Isle of Skye Brewing Co. Beers

Skye brewing co beers skye red Skye black Skye gold

Isle of Skye Brewing Company Beers

With the rebranding of Isle of Skye Brewing Company beers, we got a chance to re-taste some favourites.


The brewery has been around since 1992, and as with all good things, started from a chat in the pub about the lack of good beer in Skye.  The rebrand comes with the new ownership after the fall through of the proposed merger with Arran Brewing.


Skye brewing co beers skye red Skye black Skye gold


In this age of clearer labels and names and a new owner, the brewery have changed their brands. Skye Red was Red Cuillin, Skye Black was Black Cuillin and Skye Gold was Hebridean Gold. A new distribution centre in Rutherglen means that we should be seeing more of Skye beers. Leading chef Tom Kitchin is currently trialling its new keg ale, Skye Eilean-or (Gaelic for Island gold) at his Scran and Scallie restaurant in Edinburgh. So it’s all looking bright for Skye.

The Beers

Skye red ale Scottish beer

Skye Red

Challenger, Fuggle, Pioneer

ABV 4.2%

Pale Ale, Crystal, Roast


Bottle poured a dark ruby colour with a creamy head.  A toasty malt taste with a creamy caramel and nuttiness to it. Good session ale.

Skye gold Scottish ale beer

Skye Gold

Challenger, Hersbruker

Oaty, Light Bitterness

ABV 4.3%

Pale Ale, Crystal

Porridge Oats


It has a lovely golden colour with an oaty, slightly bitter smell and balanced fruity, bitter and oaty flavours.  Could happily drink this all evening.


Skye black ale beer Scottish

Skye Black

Challenger, Progress

Fruit, Malt

ABV 4.5%

Pale Ale, Roast, Crystal, Chocolate

Rolled Roast Oats, Heather Honey


A thick, dark beer with chocolate/nutty notes.   Very enjoyable.

Upcoming Events

26th June – Prestwick Pioneer, Prestwick (6pm-8pm)

3rd July – Ruadh Ghlean, Rutherglen, Glasgow (6pm-8pm)
9th July – Henglers Circus, Sauchihall Street, Glasgow (6pm-8pm)
16th July – Sir John Sterling Maxwell, Shawlands, Glasgow (6pm-8pm)

5th August – James Young, Bathgate (6pm-8pm)

26-28 June – Glasgow Real Ale Festival, Briggait, Glasgow
10-13 July – Scottish Real Ale Festival, Corn Exchange, Edinburgh




Many thanks to Wire and Skye Brewing Company for the opportunity to re-try these beers.

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I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

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