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.

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.