Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Limited Speciality Bottle Release.

We have released a very limited number of extra special bottled beers, three different ales ranging from 4% to a whopping 12%.

We've pulled out all the stops to create something visually impressive as well as full of flavour, brewing a small amount of the beers on our pilot kit, before hand bottling them and then wax dipping and stamping each bottle. The result is a great looking trio of beers with bags of flavour:

Sencha Pale - A 4% extra pale ale blended with Japanese green tea. This beer was brewed with a little help from Quilliam Brothers of Newcastle, using Sencha, the most popular tea in Japan. Bursting with refreshing herbal and grassy notes with a subtle berry flavour accentuated by a blend of hops from across the globe. A very unique brew.

Maple Rye - A Canadian inspired red rye ale at 7.5%, brewed with 100% pure maple syrup. Full bodied with a spiciness from the rye malt which is complimented by the rich, toffee sweetness of maple syrup. For extra maple-y goodness we primed the bottles with the syrup instead of a more conventional sugar, adding an extra level of depth to the beer.

Imperial Cherry - A 12% re-working of our popular and award winning Cherry Stout, this is a big beer. We pushed our pilot kit to it's limit using 6 different malts, and 3 times the quantity of fresh cherries as it's lower strength cousin. Multiple layers of rich malt give coffee notes, burnt currant and hints of dark bitter chocolate, with the cherries adding dried fruit and a subtle acidity similar to that of a good coffee. At this strength it's clearly a beer for sipping, with a deep warmth from the alcohol.

We worked hard to develop the recipes and ensure the beers are well presented, and we intend to release more beers along these lines in the future. It is a chance to experiment, brew niche beers that are unique, and perhaps not economical to brew on a large scale. 

Dipping the bottles in hot wax.

Adding our seal of approval.
They would make a great gift for the beer geek in your life, or perfect for savouring over the festive period. We have a very limited number available in the brewery shop, but all three can be picked up at mmm/glug in the Grainger Market and Coppers 8 til 8 in Gosforth. For those further afield they are available in BeerHive and Cornelius in Edinburgh and the Hand Drawn Monkey Beer Shop in Huddersfield. 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

November Special - Bramble Pale

Out this week is our brand new November special, Bramble Pale. This 3.7% pale ale is a delicious Autumnal beer using the best quality Maris Otter malts with a touch of caramalt, to create a perfect canvas for the juicy little berries to really shine. Loaded with buckets of blackberries both at the end of the boil and after fermentation has started, the beer packs plenty of flavour for it's strength.

The delicate fruity aroma is soon punched away by the initial burst of tangy fruit flavour. As this subsides it leaves a lasting sweet and juicy finish, with just enough bitterness from the English hops to make you reach for another gulp.

Bramble Pale is being delivered to pubs from this week in cask, so brave the cold evenings and grab a pint of this fruity thirst quencher. 

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

And the winner is...

Voting has now closed for our Christmas beer poll, and we can announce that the winner of this year's vote, and our 2014 Christmas special will be:

Chocolate Lime Stout

A big thanks to all of you who voted, we had loads of responses and it was a clear victory for the stout, taking 62% of the vote. It was in the lead from the word go, and we are now working on a recipe to have the beer released in both cask and keg for the start of December.

The results chart from the vote, we can't wait to brew this beer!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Craft Beer Calling.

This weekend is the inaugural Craft Beer Calling festival in Newcastle. We are very excited to be part of this event, the first of its kind in the city. The beer scene in the Toon has exploded over the past few years, and shows no signs of stopping. Taking place in the Boiler Shop behind Central Station, Craft Beer Calling is set to showcase the best of local beers alongside some of Britain's best, and some rare and exciting brews from overseas.

A selection of our ales will be available at various times over the weekend, including our popular Mocha Milk Stout on keg, and the only cask of this year's Bourbon Barrel Aged Heavenly Porter. We'll also have our Southern Star, the keg version of our Hand Drawn Monkey collaboration, Barrel of Monkeys, and a rare cask of Silver Dollar which has been dry hopped with Citra.

We'll be there tonight to sample some beers and have a chat, and also on Sunday for the North East Brewery Panel. There are still a few tickets left for the Sunday sessions, so if you haven't already, make sure you grab one. Hopefully see you tonight!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014


We are very excited to announce that we are taking part in Brewdog's #collabfest2014. This is an event which sees every one of Brewdog's British bars teaming up with a local brewery of their choice to brew a unique beer. All 16 beers will then be available on draught in all bars this Saturday evening, the 25th October.

An easy day for Adam.
 The team from the Newcastle bar on Dean Street came down to the brewery last month to brew a 6.5% US hopped amber ale with apricots and honey. It was a great day, the Brewdog staff got fully involved with the brew, including digging out the substantial amount of spent grain needed for such a strong beer. The beer is hopped with El Dorado, a relatively new breed of American hop which has a subtle bitterness and flavours which enhance the apricots. This bitterness is balanced with bucket loads of honey which blends seamlessly with the fruit, resulting in a complex flavour which unwinds as you drink the beer. The beer is cheekily named Amba Necta, spelt so as to avoid certain copyright infringements!

For a truly unique twist, we also put in a small amount of honey taken from our Sam's family beehives. After an eventful first year of bee-keeping, Sam's dad managed to take the first crop of honey from the hives just days before the beer was brewed, and it is some seriously tasty.

Busy bees.
Sam and his dad inspecting the bees.
We will be at Brewdog's Newcastle bar this Saturday evening from around 4pm, and will be hosting a tasting of the beer at 6pm. We are in esteemed company, with the very best breweries from across the UK also being involved in the event, it'll be an evening for giving your taste buds a workout.

Friday, 17 October 2014

New Seasonal Dark Ale - Northern Porter

Next week we launch the final instalment in our seasonal dark ale series, Northern Porter.

This 4.5% porter is brewed with a small amount of smoked malt in the mash, alongside chocolate malt, pale chocolate malt, roasted barley and crystal malts for a rich and warming flavour with a subtle and delicate smoky character.

The beer is then conditioned on toasted French oak chips for 10 days, imparting subtle notes of vanilla and enhancing its depth and character. 

Northern Porter will be available in cask from next week until the end of the year, the perfect ale for fending off cold winter nights.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Barrel Aged Heavenly Porter.

Back in April for our Monthly special be brewed the luxurious Heavenly Porter, a 5.4% robust, dark ale matured with Kentucky Bourbon from the Heaven Hill Distillery, the largest family owned distillery in the US.

At the time, we sealed away some of the beer in an oak Heaven Hill barrel that had been used to age the same Bourbon we brewed the beer with. The barrel then sat in our cold store room for six months, the charred, bourbon soaked oak adding a real depth of flavour and a rich yet mellow character. Notes of vanilla come through from the oak, and the warming whiskey flavours dominate the finish.

We have bottled the beer in 750ml swing top bottles, which look really striking and are great for sharing this full flavoured ale, or just enjoying it to yourself! They are available from the brewery shop, and will be delivered to Mmm & Glug, Fenwick and Coppers 8 til 8 in Newcastle, Bodahome in Whitley Bay, the Bier Huis in Ossett and The Curious Hop in Otley next week, and to Cornelius in Edinburgh the following week. 

The bottles make a great present, and as they are bottle conditioned the flavours will develop over time, so get one for now and one to age and enjoy at a later date!