Black Isle Brewery launches official North Coast 500 beer

Black Isle Brewery have teamed up with the North Coast 500 – “Scotland’s Route 66” - to release an official beer for the route.

Published 8th Jun 2017
Updated 31 st Oct 2023

The brewery say the official ‘North Coast 500 IPA’, a 4 per cent abv hoppy session ale, is the perfect way to slake your thirst after an exhilarating day on the road.

NC500 IPA is described as a "light, refreshing, citrusy beer brewed with organic barley and hops, and grown without chemicals".

Scotland’s only fully organic brewery and one of only a few in the UK, Black Isle pride themselves on their organic beers.

David Gladwin, Black Isle’s founder, said: “It’s great to see such a successful rise in popularity of one of the most beautiful parts of the world, and we are proud to bring together two iconic North Highland brands.

North Coast 500
Picture: Black Isle Brewery

"North Coast 500 has ignited a huge global interest in the North Highlands and we see people calling in everyday at the brewery either starting or finishing the route.

"The feedback has been amazing from both visitors and businesses and it has created a significant boost to the Highland economy.”

Tom Campbell, Managing Director of North Coast 500, said: “One of the things which makes the North Coast 500 route so appealing to visitors is the fantastic array of quality food and drink experiences along the way – from breweries and distilleries, to world-class seafood and game, and lots of independent businesses offering the best local produce.

"We’re delighted to have partnered with Black Isle Brewery to create a really delicious beer for visitors and locals alike to enjoy – it’s the perfect drink with which to toast the delights of the North Highlands.”

NC500 IPA will be available in 330ml bottles, 24x330ml cases, and on draft along the route.

• READ MORE: Everything you need to know about Scotland’s North Coast 500 road trip


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