Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Fourth Birthday Party.

In just over two weeks time we are throwing our doors open and inviting you all to help us celebrate four years of Tyne Bank Brewery, with an evening of beer, food and live music on Friday 5th June.

Last year's birthday party was in incredible success, it blew us away but we held it together and it was a great night. We are better prepared this time, we'll have our pop up bar serving four cask ales and four keg beers, with a great range of Tyne Bank favourites and some one-off beers for the event. We'll also have our bottled range, real cider, soft drinks and Motueka hop gin!

This year we have more live music, kicking off their summer tour and returning to the brewery for a headline set, we'll have our friends the excellent Holy Moly & The Crackers. 

"Influenced by an eclectic range of styles and artists; the honest grit and gravel of Woody Guthrie, the gypsy bone-cage burlesque of Gogol Bordello, the spectral clarity of Joni Mitchell. As such they play a lively, moonshine mix of Romani, Americana and contemporary British folk-rock."

Playing the main support slot we have singer-songwriter Martha Wheatley. 

"Moving between genres as fearlessly as crossing borders, travelling singer/songwriter Martha Wheatley takes you on a musical journey you shan't forget! Fusing elements of folk, rap and reggae to conjure memorable and engaging songs, this unique take on songwriting is sure to charm."

We will have another act opening our music lineup for the evening, which is yet to be properly confirmed. My plan is to get a band together for the night, but its looking like it might just be me and my guitar!

To soak up all the delicious beer we'll have a hog roast from Dropswell Farm, great local producers of high quality meat. We will endeavour to keep prices as low as we can so you can try as many beers as you like without breaking the bank.

Set the date in your diary and join us for beers just feet away from where we brew them, enjoy some great live music and hang out with us in the brewery. We also promise to have more toilets this year!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

May Special - Rhubarb & Custard.

This week we launched our May special, Rhubarb & Custard. This intriguing 4.4% oatmeal pale ale has already gained a lot of interest, and has been delivered across the local area this week. 

To create the custard character of the beer, we added oatmeal to the mash providing a thick, velvety body, then added whole vanilla pods and lactose sugar for a sweet, custard powder flavour. 

Already a complex beer, the silky custard notes are balanced with a serious quantity of fresh, field grown Yorkshire rhubarb. Late April is the perfect time to pick rhubarb in the UK, as the plants are in season and taste their best. We could have used forced grown rhubarb, and brewed the beer at any time in the year, but to get the best flavours possible we have brewed it as our May special. The fruity tartness of this vegetable cuts through the creamy custard body of the beer leaving a lingering and balanced finish.

This beer is something different, grab a pint in cask or pick up a growler fill from Coppers in Gosforth and let us know what you think.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Summer Breeze at the Gateshead Beer Festival.

This bank holiday weekend we are launching our next seasonal ale exclusively at the popular Gateshead Beer & Music Festival. Summer Breeze will be available in cask for the first time this year as it becomes our seasonal beer for the summer months.

One of the most popular monthly specials of 2014, Summer Breeze returns for the warmer part of the year replacing Northern Porter as our seasonal beer. Brewed at 3.9% this pale ale is hopped with Cascade and Chinook, and flavoured with authentic Asian root ginger and fresh lemongrass late in the boil. A thirst quenching and refreshing beer, which has a subtle kick and delicate citrus notes. Summer Breeze will be available in cask at the Gateshead Beer Festival this weekend, and on general sale next week. The keg version will be available in a couple of weeks.

Gateshead Beer Festival

The Gateshead Beer & Music Festival is held at Gateshead Rugby Club from this Friday, with a great and varied music lineup and beers from across the country in cask and keg. Saturday tickets are sold out, but you can still get Friday and Sunday entry here. Alongside Summer Breeze, you will be among the first to enjoy our May special, Rhubarb & Custard in keg. Also at the festival will be Farmhouse Saison in cask and keg, Dark Brown Ale and the ever popular Silver Dollar. Make sure you head along to one of the highlights of the North East beer calendar. 

Friday, 17 April 2015

April Special - Farmhouse Saison

Currently being enjoyed at the Newcastle Beer Festival, this months special is Farmhouse Saison. Our first interpretation of this popular Belgian style, the beer is a refreshing golden ale brewed with Belgian yeast, sweet orange peel and coriander.

Saison's were originally brewed on farms in the French speaking region of Belgium to slake the thirst of travelling farm workers. Historically they were brewed during the cold winter months to avoid the beer spoiling, and to stockpile for the busy summer months when seasonal workers, or les saisonniers, would seek out the farms who brewed the best beers. Before long those beers were brewed on a commercial scale, with the best still in production today.

We are really pleased with how the beer is tasting, it's earthy, yeast led flavour carries a juicy orange character with a slightly dry, spicy finish and plenty of funky, Belgian character. 

Friday, 3 April 2015

Student brewday.

Earlier this week we hosted Northumbria University Ale & Cider Society for a brewday. Long term friends of the brewery they wanted to brew some beers to put on sale at CAMRA's Newcastle Beer & Cider Festival in a couple of weeks.

A few members of the society escaped lectures and came down to the brewery on Tuesday to brew a Breakfast Pale Ale with honey, oats, blackberries and blueberries. Expected to be around 5.5%, the beer will hopefully be full bodied with a complex sweetness, balanced by refreshing fresh berry notes.

The day was a success, with the students mucking in on our pilot kit to brew the recipe designed by President Graham Armstrong and myself. The beer will be racking into a firkin and will be on sale at the beer festival from 15th - 18th April, or from the 15th til it runs out!

It will be alongside a Vanilla Stout which the society brewed with our neighbours Out There Brewing Co. which should compliment the Breakfast Pale nicely. Members from the society will be on hand on the Wednesday of the festival, and are working the bar on the Friday evening. See you there.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Tyne Bank kegs at The Ware Rooms.

You can now enjoy our kegged beers at The Ware Rooms, the stylish city centre bar which is part of Euro Hostel on Carliol Square. We are really excited to have a venue in the heart of Newcastle where our keg beers are permanently available, especially in a bar which sees such a wide variety of customers from across the world.

The eco-friendly one way kegs we use.

Pacifica our 4% well hopped citrussy pale ale is currently available, alongside some limited edition unfiltered kegs of Dark Brown Ale at 4.2%. Popular American pale ale Silver Dollar will soon become a permanent fixture when the next batch is ready in keg, and the plan is to feature a range of our occasional and monthly special beers on the second line offering variety for those who enjoy their beers in keg.

The Ware Rooms also have a range of our bottled beers, so if the draught options aren't to your taste you can find something from Tyne Bank that will hit the spot. Next time you're in Newcastle for a beer make sure you check out The Ware Rooms, its only a minute or so off Pilgrim Street and very close to many other great ale pubs in the city centre.

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.