Orkney Session ale set for 2016 Folk Festival

May 19th 2016

The new Orkney Session label The new Orkney Session label Revellers at the 2016 Orkney Folk Festival will be able to enjoy some very special refreshments this year, courtesy of the Swannay Brewery.

The local brewery has once again created its ‘Orkney Session’ special edition ale for the Festival which will be available on tap throughout the host town of Stromness and across Orkney.

But this year, for the first time, the beer will also be available in bottles, complete with an original logo featuring a distinctly festival theme. 5,000 bottles have arrived in Orkney, ready for Folk Festival weekend, which gets underway on the 26th of May.

Described as ‘pale and hoppy’, Orkney Session is a smooth, 3.8% ABV, easy-drinking ale. It was created by Swannay Brewery’s Head Brewer Rob Hill and carries his distinctive touch.

The Swannay Brewery in Orkney The Swannay Brewery in Orkney

‘We first approached the Swannay Brewery about creating a special brew for the Folk Festival and they came up with this superb ale,’ said Colin Keldie from the Orkney Folk Festival committee. ‘Orkney Session is a perfect name for it – a session starting with one or two players should build gradually to a rousing and uplifting ensemble involving everyone in the room – we’re sure this beer will fit perfectly into the festival spirit once again.’

The beer has been bottled in advance of the 2016 Orkney Folk Festival The beer has been bottled in advance of the 2016 Orkney Folk Festival Lewis Hill from the Swannay Brewery said ‘The Folk Festival is the biggest weekend in our local calendar and our beers seem to be a big hit with visitors, so it seemed fitting to support the event with a collaboration beer. It’s tasty enough to enjoy but also light enough to session – hence the name! We hope it’s enjoyed in Orkney this weekend and folk take a bottle or two home with them as a souvenir of their visit.’

The 34th Orkney Folk Festival will take place between the 26th and 29th of May. The four day event will feature artists from as far afield as the United States, Finland and Ireland, not to mention Scotland, Shetland and the Hebrides.

Some of the very best Orkney performers will also be taking to the stage in Stromness and further afield. Tickets are still available for a number of events – find out more from the Orkney Folk Festival website.

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