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.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Christmas Market Stall.

Tomorrow (Friday 5th) we will be holding a stall by Greys Monument as part of Newcastle Christmas Markets. We'll be selling our full bottled beer range from 3.7% Peloton Pale up to 6% Mocha Milk Stout, as well as our gift packs which make a great Christmas present. We can make gift packs up with any combination of 3 of our ales, or 2 ales and a glass.

We'll also have brand new hand printed T Shirts from Ink & Toil and lovely Tyne Bank Tote bags, plenty of choice for the discerning beer lover in your life.

In addition to our tasty beers, the market will also feature stalls from local producers selling:

"...home-made jams, delicious cakes and handmade chocolates. And once you’ve bought something scrumptious to eat, you can find special gifts such as scarves, leather bags, hand thrown pottery, woolly hats and jewellery."

Support local businesses this Christmas and join us this Friday in the centre of Newcastle to stock up on great gifts.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

December Special - Chocolate Lime Stout.

After winning our on-line vote earlier in the Autumn, our Christmas special is finally here. This 5.4% stout has been brewed with 8 different malt varieties for a rich and complex body. We used real dark chocolate, cocoa powder and lactose sugar for a sweet, luxurious chocolate flavour. Late in the boil we added the zest of 100 limes for a citrus aroma and character, as well as a late hop addition of Nelson Sauvin, Kohatu and Motueka. Inspired by the classic boiled sweet, the beer has a light citrus aroma which gives way to a smooth and moreish chocolate flavour with the limes lingering in the finish.


Chocolate Lime Stout is available in keg and cask now, and is the perfect luxury beer to enjoy in the run up to Christmas. Grab a glass and let us know what you think.

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.