As you might or might not know is that Islay is also home to a genuine Brewery. The name of the brewery is Islay Ales and they are located on Islay House Square near Bridgend where they produce Real Ale. What is Real Ale? According to the Oxford English Dictionary: "Real ale is a name for draft (or bottled) beer brewed from traditional ingredients, matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide." The Islay Ales Company Limited was founded by Paul Hathaway, Paul Capper and Walter Schobert in 2003 to establish a microbrewery on the Hebridean Isle of Islay. And they succeeded very well if you ask me and the quality of the Ales match the quality of the Whiskies from Islay's well established Distilleries
As the title already says: Saligo Ale is a summer Ale, and should be served chilled, preferably on a warm summer evening. A real treat if you ask me. Saligo Ale however is not the only Ale sold at the brewery. Other names referring to Islay's rich history are: Finlaggan Ale, Black Rock (great with an Islay Steak), Angus Og Ale (was for sale during the 2004 Islay Festival), Ardnave Ale, Dun Hogs Head and Nerabus Ale (a typical winter Ale). Click here for a complete overview and details of all the fine Ales available.
If you visit the brewery for the first time you will find out that the staff is very helpful and are more than happy to let you taste some samples. Which doesn't make the choice easier, they are all superb but you will certainly find your favourite Ale to take home from your Islay trip. And here the Winter Dream comes in, remembering the beautiful times on Islay and looking forward to a renewed acquaintance with Islay, it's friendly people and the fine Ales at the Islay Ales Brewery