Scottish brewery launch UK's first ale subscription service - with mini cask home delivery

Fans of Fyne Ales can now enjoy an at-home pub experience with the launch of their new cask subscription service.

Published 17th Jun 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Scottish brewery Fyne Ales has launched the UK’s first at-home cask ale subscription service to bring traditional draught beer to homes across the country

The Mini-Cask Club offers 10-litres of expertly brewed real ale for delivery every month, with members offered a choice of their flagship session beer, Jarl, or a combination of Jarl and a brand-new beer.

Speaking of the new ale subscription service, Fyne Ales’ Jamie Delap said: “We don’t know when Scottish pubs will reopen, but do we know from our online shop sales of mini-casks that real ale drinkers are missing proper pints of cask beer while Covid-19 restrictions are in place.

“We want to bring the pub home for them by delivering 18 pints of fresh beer to their door every month.”

How to join

Mini-Cask Club membership is £40 per month including delivery, which is the equivalent of £2.22 per pint of the brewery's craft ales.

The beer is packaged in recyclable metal 5-litre barrels with a pressure release vent on the top - similar to full size casks normally used for real ales in pubs and bars.

Sign-ups are open now, with the first monthly delivery scheduled for later in early July, but if you can’t wait that long, the brewery offers individual mini-casks for £19.50 plus postage right now.

CAMRA Scotland & Northern Ireland Director, Sarah Crawford said:  “Pubs, clubs, breweries and taprooms throughout the UK are fighting for survival against the coronavirus. While pubs are still sadly closed it’s difficult for people to access cask conditioned beer at home.

“This innovative subscription from Fyne Ales is a great way to get real ale delivered to your door and will help the brewery weather the crisis while keeping safe at home. I’ll be signing up for a subscription myself!’

Fyne Ales are one of many breweries who have adapted during the Covid-19 pandemic, shifting their business online, first with a web shop which has experienced massive growth during the lockdown, and now with their membership club.

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Who are Fyne Ales?

Fyne Ales is a Scottish farm brewery which has been based at the head of Loch Fyne in Argyll since 2001.

Family-owned and managed, they specialise in producing a range of award-winning traditional ales and modern craft beers on a working farm estate.

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