Wednesday, 23 July 2014

An evening of Beer & Chocolate.

Join us for an evening of tasty beer and hand crafted chocolates at the Free Trade. To showcase the kegged version of our latest and hugely popular special, Summer Breeze, we are teaming up with Davenport's Chocolates to pair a couple of our beers with a selection of their delicious chocolates.

Brewed using ginger and lemongrass, at 3.9% Summer Breeze is the perfect beer for lazy summer evenings, packed full of flavour yet light and refreshing. We have been planning this event since Davenport's suggested our beer would be great paired with their Ginger and Lemongrass truffles, via the local networking hashtag #northeasthour. The response was huge, so we had to make this happen.


As a compliment to the summery flavours of Summer Breeze with the Ginger and Lemongrass truffles, you will be able to enjoy our Mocha Milk Stout alongside the luxurious combination of a vanilla fudge and a coffee cream. A packet containing one each of the three chocolates will be available from the bar for only £1.70, and there will be a wide range of Tyne Bank ales on draft for you to enjoy. Tempted? Get yourself down to the Free Trade Inn on Wednesday 6th August from 7pm for these tasty treats. Both ourselves and Davenport's will be there for a chat and to answer any questions you may have about our products.

The Free Trade's popular weekly quiz will start at 9pm, with prizes from both ourselves and Davenport's, so you can make an evening of it!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Mocha Milk Stout Brewday.

Today we brewed one of our favourite beers. Mocha Milk Stout is a big beer, one of the strongest we brew, and boasts the highest amount of ingredients of any of our ales. This 6% stout uses a complex malt bill with a blend of the finest dark malts, and is flavoured with Brazilian Coffee. 

The coffee we use was selected and roasted by Pumphreys of Newcastle, who's history can be traced back to the year 1750. With so many years of experience they were able to select the perfect coffee for Mocha Milk Stout. But a mocha isn't just about coffee, we use 100% pure cocoa powder to provide a rich, chocolate character which is balanced perfectly with the coffee.

But why is called a 'Milk Stout'? The addition of a non-fermenting lactose sugar to the beer gives a silky sweet taste which enhances the chocolate notes, and compliments the light bitterness from the coffee. Finally, the addition of whole vanilla pods late in the process adds an extra level of flavour.

The goods.

The best way to get the flavour of the coffee in, without clogging up the brew kit, is in tights!

Looks strange I know, but it works! The tights of coffee are left in the underback for a few minutes each to get the perfect amount of flavour out.

Adam having fun playing with hosiery. 

Mocha Milk Stout will be available in cask from the 21st of July, and in keg a few weeks after. We currently have some bottles in stock, so come down to the brewery shop and grab some, only £2.50 each. Dark beers aren't just for winter.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

July special - Summer Breeze.

Our brand new special for July is Summer Breeze. Like a welcome breeze in the summer heat, this 3.9% light pale ale refreshes and quenches your thirst. Brewed using authentic Asian root ginger and lemongrass for a subtle kick, with a blend of Chinook, Centennial and Kohatu hops for a moderate bitterness and citrus notes.

We first previewed a prototype of this beer at our 3rd Birthday party in May, and after adjusting the recipe based on the feedback from the prototype we are really excited about how it's tasting.

Summer Breeze will be available in cask from this week, and a limited amount in keg later in the month which will be perfect in the sunshine.

You can see some photos from the brewday here.

Friday, 27 June 2014

New Core Beer.

Due to its popularity, we have added our first seasonal dark ale to our core range. Dark Brown Ale is a 4.2% rich and malty beer, and proved very popular in the first quarter of the year. 

Synonymous with Tyneside, regular production of this tasty beer style is returning to the area, using the best malts and just enough English hops to give a subtle berry fruit undertone. Dark Brown Ale slots perfectly into our existing core range.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Summer Breeze brewday.

If you follow us on twitter you may have noticed some interesting photos this afternoon. Today we brewed our brand new special, Summer Breeze, a pale ale with ginger and lemongrass.

Those of you who came to our party may remember the prototype beer we had on the bar. After the feedback from the night we have tweaked the recipe and today we brewed a full batch. The beer is a 3.9% pale ale using maris otter and just a touch of wheat, and hopped with a mixture of US and NZ hops. Almost at the end of the boil we added ginger and lemongrass which took some preparing! The beer will be available from the beginning of July, here's a few photos to wet your appetite. 

Adam digging out the mash.

Chopping and peeling the lemongrass.

If even half of the smell from this goes into the beer then its going to awesome!

Pulverised ginger and bashed lemongrass to release all those lovely flavours.

And into the kettle it goes.

Polypins, perfect for festivals.

The festival season is in full swing, and what better way to enjoy a weekend in the sun (or mud) than with a bag in box of tasty Tyne Bank beer.

Next week Glastonbury Festival, seen by many as the highlight of the festival season, will see thousands of people from across the country making the trip. Over half a million pints of beer will be consumed at this year’s Glastonbury, let alone at all the other festivals which will be taking place up and down the country every weekend for the whole summer. So if you’re heading to a festival this summer, why not take some Tyne Bank ale to enjoy.

Bag in boxes are the perfect solution for your festival trip, available in 10 or 20 litre sizes containing any of our core range of ales, they allow you to enjoy great quality beer with ease. We fill them from a cask leaving the sediment behind, so you won’t need to let it settle, and can move it as much as you like. With very little packaging they are light, fully recyclable and you won’t be left with a pile of empty cans to deal with when you leave. 

When you've drank half of it, do what I did last year at Beautiful Days and shove the bag in your rucksack! 

They are also easy to keep cool too, as a larger quantity of liquid takes much longer to warm up than several small containers. A handy tip is covering them with a damp towel if in the sunlight, as the water evaporates from that before it begins to warm the box.

So whether you’re off to Glastonbury next week, Kendal Calling, Bestival, Latitude, Beautiful Days or any of the growing number of great small festivals this summer, pick up a bag in box from us and enjoy quality beer whilst you’re there. I’ll be taking mine to Boomtown Fair. 

They're not just great for festivals, they're also ideal for BBQs, camping and parties. We do need at least 48 hours notice to allow the beer to settle properly, so make sure you place your orders in advance. Contact us via email, phone, twitter or facebook to order. We can even arrange out of hours collection at The Free Trade Inn to suit you.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Booths Supermarkets.

We are really happy to announce that a selection of our bottled beers will be available in Booths Supermarkets from next week.

Motueka Blonde, Silver Dollar and Cherry Stout will be on sale in almost all of their 29 stores across the North West, from Cumbria to Merseyside and as far east as Ilkley. Booths have built a great reputation for beer and wine over many years and we are proud to be the first North East brewery to join the fantastic choice on their shelves.

On top of this, their 2014 Beer and Cider Festival will take place between 18th June and 15th July in store, and our Motueka Blonde will be available for free samples. Ask in your local store for more details.