Derby Telegraph

A must on my to-do list is to call in on Applecross Craft Brewery.

Applecross, a tiny village on the remote west coast, overlooking Skye, is reached by a steep, winding pass and has an award-winning pub, the Applecross Inn. It’s been one of my favourite places on earth since my first visit, aged 19. But it didn’t have a brewery until this year and now it has.

In case you are thinking that this beer travelogue isn’t especially local, here’s a thing. The image of the Applecross pass with the brewery logo you see here was sent to me by the brewery’s graphic designer, Ron Raye. Ron’s in Massachusetts!


Steve the Beermeister


…in 2019, things have changed! Check out the Applecross Craft Brewery at 5 Camusterrach Place, Camusterrach, Applecross, Strathcarron, Wester Ross, IV54 8LQ, whose beer brewing is much better than their website maintenance (never yet been able to successfully access it). Anyway, Google it yourself and see how you get on. The beer though is a huge improvement on Skye Red.

I promised myself I’d try all three of the main brews but after my first pint of Applecross Inner Sound (4.7%), the dark ale, I was hooked.

I never did try the other two but I’m reliably informed they are very good. The dark ale is as you would expect… nutty, malty, very tasty! One is not enough so get someone else to drive. Excellent beer and a stunning location.

The other two ales on offer are Applecross Sanctuary Red Ale (4.0%) and Applecross Pale Ale (3.7%). It’s good to see the local pubs and restaurants supporting the local brewery. We did even spot them on sale in Portree on the Isle of Skye but at an eye-watering price of £6.70 per bottle. And yes, you can buy them by the bottle from the Applecross Inn as well (at a much more reasonable price).

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