Friday, 20 November 2015

Mini Kegs are Go!

Tyne Bank mini kegs are now on sale! We are excited to announce that you can now enjoy our delicious cask conditioned ales anywhere with our new 5l mini kegs. Holding just over eight and half pints, these stainless steel containers feature a pull out tap and can be filled with any of our core range of beers. Simply open the vent on the top, pull the tap out at the bottom and you're ready to go.

We've found the best way of filling them is straight from our conditioning tanks, so the beer is unfined. This means it will be slightly hazy as we've left all the flavour in, but also means you can move it around whilst its open as there will be next to no sediment to disturb. An added bonus is that the lack of finings make all of our mini kegs vegan friendly, so everyone can enjoy them. They will last around 4 weeks if kept sealed and cool, and up to four days once opened if kept cool.

They cost £20 and can be bought from our shop on site. We'll keep a stock of filled ones closer to Christmas, but at the moment we'll fill yours straight from the tank while you wait. Whilst our core range will always be available, we can also fill them with our monthly specials, but only in limited numbers and you'll have to book them in advance. For example if you'd like one filled with our December special, Crème Caramel, let us know now and we'll reserve one for you.

Email or call the brewery on 0191 265 2828 to order yours.

They will be available from Coppers 8till8 and Glug in the Grainger Market next month too, keep an eye on our Twitter page for updates.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Christmas Market Day.

On Saturday 12th December we are hosting a Christmas Market here in the brewery. A great chance to pick up some excellent local gifts and enjoy some brewery fresh beer while you shop.

Away from the chaos and madness of the high street, come along to our brewery and choose from a wide range of gifts from top quality local producers and artists. Open from 11am til 5pm we're squeezing quite a lot into the brewery including chocolates, soaps, art, jewellery and more. Everything on sale is made locally, and you will be able to buy some unique and interesting gifts for Christmas at prices to suit every pocket.

Of course we will be putting our pop up bar up for the day, so you can enjoy brewery fresh beer whilst you shop. We'll have cask and keg beers, and hot spiced cider to warm you up. Ouseburn Coffee will also be in attendance to keep you going. One very special beer we are excited about will be a one-off nitro keg of our December special, Creme Caramel. Using nitrogen instead of carbon dioxide to provide the condition to the beer results in smaller bubbles and a thick, creamy body. So if you want to try this luxurious version of the beer you will have to pop down on the day!

As well as all the great local traders, we will be selling our full bottled range, gift packs and merchandise which make great presents. We'll also be taking orders for closer to Christmas for polypins, mini kegs and larger bottle orders so you can collect at your convenience.

For more details and announcements make sure you join the official Facebook event which can be found here:

The Q2 bus stops very close to the brewery on Walker Road, so if you're in town getting some shopping done and struggling for ideas, pop along and escape the crowds, unwind with a beer and you will probably find the perfect gift you've been looking for.

Bring your friends along and join us for a beer whilst supporting some great local producers.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Barrel Aged Beers.

Our trio of brand new barrel aged beers are now on sale. The most extensive barrel ageing programme in the North East sees three luxurious beers hitting the shelves in time for Christmas. We're really happy with the beers, here's the details:

Heavenly Porter - OK so this isn't a new one, but we've doubled the amount we usually mature as you guys just love it so much. A robust porter blended with Heaven Hill bourbon is locked away in oak casks from the very same distillery, adding even more complex layers of warming whiskey flavours. Lots of vanilla up front, with oaky and boozy notes unwinding with every sip.

Scotch Ale - Warning, not everyone will like this beer. However if peat is your thing, you will love it! The 5.5% 90 shilling style ale we brewed back in March has been maturing in Scotch whisky casks for months, and has picked up all of the peaty flavours associated with Islay single malts. Deep toffee notes carry the peat flavours well, this is a beer for wild, wintery nights.

Cherry Stout - Finally, the beer we are most excited about. We've aged our popular oatmeal stout brewed with whole sweet and sour cherries in a Port hogshead. Cherry Stout already has plenty of layers of flavour, and this special barrel aged edition has even more. Deep oak notes lead to a crescendo of dried fruit and rich berry notes and a boozy finish which lingers on the palate for a long time.

On Friday 20th November get yourself down to  Coppers 8 till 8 in Gosforth, where Sam will be on hand with samples of all three beers and to talk you through each of them. Details on the poster below:

You can pick up bottles from our brewery shop for £8.50 each, and they are also available in all good bottle shops over the coming weeks. Of course you can also pick them up from our market stall by Greys Monument from 2nd - 6th December, and at our Christmas Market Event at the brewery on Saturday 12th.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

November Special - Simcoe Dollar.

Hitting the cellars of the area's pubs and bars this week is our brand new special, a limited edition of Silver Dollar. We've taken our best-selling American Pale Ale and added copious amounts of one the most popular US hops in the world.

The late addition of Simcoe to the brew brings big citrus and pine flavours to the beer, knocking the flavour balance very much towards hoppy. Known for its use in West Coast IPAs, Simcoe has flavours of passionfruit as well as an earthy, resinous quality. We've kept the early hop additions fairly low, so Simcoe Dollar boasts juicy fruit flavours with just enough bitterness to make you reach for another sip. A healthy dry hop gives the beer an enticing aroma of pine needles and tropical fruits.

Simcoe Dollar is available now in cask and keg, next year we are planning a whole series of differently hopped 'Dollars', follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for news.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Craft Beer Calling 2015.

This weekend is the second ever Craft Beer Calling festival taking place in the Boiler Shop, and we are proud to be supplying the event with a great range of our tasty beers. Building on a great first year, the celebration of beer from the North East and across the globe is already close to selling out. If you're heading along, make sure you check out some new beers and some classic Tyne Bank ales, we have supplied these treats for your enjoyment:

Northern Porter - Originally intended as a one-off seasonal ale, this subtly smoky dark ale has quickly become one of our most popular brews.

Green Hop IPA in keg - Brewed using the freshest possible English hops, this unfined and unfiltered keg is bursting with hop character and notes of orange peel.

Raspberry Pale - A one off batch of a light and refreshing pale ale packed with punchy raspberries. Perfect for cutting through rich food.

Simcoe Dollar - The first outing for our next special, we've treated our best selling American Pale Ale to an overdose of one of the worlds most sought after hops. Expect notes of pine and citrus fruits.

Mocha Milk Stout - Another rare beer in cask, brewed with Pumphrey's coffee, cocoa, vanilla and lactose this is luxurious beer that hides it's 6% ABV alarmingly well.

Tickets are still available for most sessions from the website, but hurry as they're selling fast. Expect a huge choice of beers from all over the UK, Europe and the US alongside the very best of the North East brewing scene. See you there!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Ivy House Tap Takeover.

Next week on Monday 28th September we are taking over the taps of one of Sunderland's best real ale pubs. 5 hand pulls and 1 keg line at the Ivy House will host a wide range of our delicious beers for you to sample, and we'll be along to chat, answer any questions and talk through the beers.

Twinned with The Northumberland Hussar in Heaton, The Ivy House is one of the first pubs in Sunderland in recent years to sell a good selection of cask ales and craft beers, with our ales being a regular feature on the bar. If you are a student returning to the city this month, its a perfect opportunity to discover our beers in a fantastic pub you may not have been to before. 

There will be a 10% discount for CAMRA members and free nibbles to compliment the beers. 

Meet the brewers. Drink the beer.
From 7:30pm Monday 28th.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

September Special - Green Hop IPA.

It's hop picking season again, and we are lucky enough to have the chance to brew a beer using the freshest possible hops, added to the boil less than 24 hours after leaving the fields. When hops are picked, they are partially dried and vacuum packed for storage, but some are quickly shipped to breweries to be used as 'Green' hops. The drying process removes some of the natural oils from the hops which provide flavour and aroma to beer. By using fresh hops with all of these oils still present, we can brew an IPA with flavours and character that simply can't be achieved at any other time of the year.

For our September special we have brewed a 5.2% IPA, stronger than our previous Green Hop beers and with even more of the freshest English hops. If we can get hold of enough fresh hops, we'll also brew a 4.4% version as we have in the past couple of years. The lower ABV edition will have plenty of late hop additions for aroma, and the IPA will also have a larger early addition providing juicy bitterness. Casks are hitting the handpulls this weekend, and we are putting some into keg next week, this one always sells fast so grab a pint while you can!