Thursday, 5 March 2015

March Special - Heavenly Porter

Our Bourbon blended porter makes its return in cask and keg as this month's special. Heavenly Porter is  quickly becoming one of our most sought after ales, and is now an annual release. 

The beer is brewed with a carefully selected malt bill which provides a robust base to carry its signature Bourbon flavours. Blended with the perfect amount of Heaven Hill Kentucky Old Style Bourbon, Heavenly Porter is rich, full bodied and warming. The whisky is distilled by 6th and 7th generation master distillers using time honoured methods, and is charcoal filtered for smooth and mellow character. It brings complex flavours of oak and vanilla with delicate whisky notes, and even a hint of almonds.

Heavenly Porter is available now, and is a lovely beer to warm yourself through into the spring. We have of course filled 2 Heaven Hill Bourbon casks with the beer which are currently sitting in cold storage, maturing nicely for a limited bottle release later in the year. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

2015 Barrel Ageing Programme.

Some of the barrels on their way to storage.
This year we are stepping up our barrel ageing efforts. Heavenly Porter has now become an annual favourite, with the fresh draught version hitting the handpulls every March, and the Bourbon cask aged version released in the Autumn after months in the barrel. Now is the time to broaden our oak-y horizons.

We have doubled the amount of Barrel Aged Heavenly Porter this year, building on it's previous success where demand comfortably outstripped the number of bottles we got out of the barrel. The luxuriously warming Bourbon flavoured treat continues to grow in popularity.

Scotch Ale in the quarter casks.
We have also just locked away our February special, Scotch Ale, in two Scotch Whisky quarter casks. This 5.5% malty monster, reminiscent of the 90 shilling ales of the past will mature for six months in the barrels, adding layers of oak and Whisky flavours to its original toffee and dried fruit notes. 

Our third barrel ageing project is even more exciting, and involves an enormous cask. We plan to fill a Port hogshead with Cherry Stout. A hogshead holds nearly 240 litres and is considerably bigger than any beer barrels used today. This one has been used to mature Port wine, so should add a deep red fruit character to the stout, taking its Black Forest Gateau notes to a new level of complexity. As we've never done this before there is a certain element of experimenting with this beer, but we hope it's a recipe for success. Time will tell.

All three of these beers will be on the shelves in Autumn in 750ml swing top bottles. These are ideal for sharing, as presents or simply enjoying by yourself as a rare treat. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages for updates.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

February Special - Scotch Ale.

80 shilling, wee heavy, it's gone by many different names over the years, and our February special is a showcase of the wonderful complexities of malt, the backbone of beer. Weighing in at a respectable 5.5%, this full bodied Scotch Ale has a deep and layered flavour. We've packed in the Crystal Malt with a touch of roasted barley, giving the beer a rich and inviting colour and allowing it to carry carefully balanced flavours of toffee, roasted nuts and even subtle hints of vanilla. Gently hopped to round off the sweetness, Scotch Ale is a robust and satisfying winter ale.

Available in cask now. 

Friday, 23 January 2015

RateBeer's Best of 2014.

It's great to hear that we've been awarded both the regional Top Beer and Top Brewer awards from in their Best of 2014. 

Widely recognised as the most visited independent site for craft beer enthusiasts, allows drinkers to score beers based on aroma, appearance and flavour and is used across the globe. Using data gathered from last year they have announce the highest rated beers and brewers from every US state, Canadian province, German state and English county, and our Mocha Milk Stout came out as number one in Tyne & Wear. On top of that, we are the highest rated brewer in the county.

To get this accolade is great news, as it's based on real world reviews from both everyday beer drinkers and seasoned aficionados. We welcome feedback on our beers, both good and bad as we are always keen to improve our products, and we're really proud of  such high praise.

You'll be pleased to know that we brewed our popular Mocha Milk Stout again this week, so keep your eyes peeled for a small run of cask and keg as well as fresh bottles hitting the shelves in the coming weeks.

You can check out all the winners from the four countries here.

Friday, 16 January 2015

January Special - Citra Dollar.

Our first new beer of 2015 is a special edition of an old favourite. We've taken Silver Dollar, our award winning American pale ale, and added a healthy dose of Citra, a powerful US hop. This west coast variety gives the beer a more punchy aroma and a stronger, citrus fruit finish. 

Commonly used as an aroma hop, Citra was released in 2007 and is grown mostly in Yakima, Washington. It provides aromas of citrus and tropical fruits such as grapefruit, lychee and peach, as well as a dry bitterness when used early in the boil. We've gone for plenty of late additions to bring out those juicy fruit characteristics. Citra Dollar weighs in at 5% and is available in cask and keg, a refreshing twist on a Tyne Bank classic.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Last Minute Christmas Gifts.

Next week our shop will be open 9 til 5 on Monday and Tuesday, and until midday on Christmas Eve for those last minute presents you need to grab. We have plenty of gift packs, the full range of bottles and our brand new T shirts. We also have polypins available, just give us a call or email to order yours in time for Christmas. Out of hours collection at the Free Trade Inn is also possible if you can't make it.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Brand New T-Shirts.

Fresh off the press, our brand new hand printed Tyne Bank T-shirts are now in stock. Featuring an all new design and printed on a great quality fabric they look really stylish. Once again we had our T-shirts printed by Ink & Toil, a great local screen printer who specialises in band merchandise and uses only the best quality inks. The design is simple with our logo in grey on the front, and a 'line-up' of our beers on the back in a similar style to a band tour shirt.

They are available in Men's and Women's cuts in all sizes from small to XXL, with the colours of the text on the back switched round for a subtle difference between the Men's and Women's. At just £12.50 they are a bargain for a T-shirt of this quality.

To get your hands on one, pop down to the brewery shop Monday - Friday between 9 and 5, or if you can't make it you can pay over the phone and we can leave it at the Free Trade Inn for collection. We can also post them out for £15 if you can't make it to Newcastle.