Wednesday, 1 July 2015

July Special - Summer Hop

With the fantastic weather we're experiencing at the moment it seems fitting that our July special is a perfect beer garden ale. Summer Hop is a 4.1% pale ale brewing using only one variety of hops, 'Summer' from Australia.

The aim with this beer was to brew a juicy, thirst quenching pale ale with lots of late hop additions, keeping the bitterness low and the flavour high. This seedless variety is grown in the warm Australian climate and gives light citrus aromas and flavours of melons and stone fruits such as apricot.

The first casks are hitting the bars this weekend so grab a bench in a beer garden and enjoy the sunshine with a pint or two of this juicy pale ale. It will also be available in keg later in the month for even more fruity refreshment.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Tyne Bank on Instagram.

We've just joined Instagram! If you use the photo based social media site head on over to our profile and give us a follow. Expect exclusive pics and updates as to what we're up to here at the brewery from the latest beers we're brewing to the events we're hosting. 

Our page is here:

Please let us know if you're enjoying our beers out and about, or at home, and share your snaps using the tag #tynebankbrewery

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Meet the Brewers at The Steamboat.

Join us on Thursday 2nd July at CAMRA's South Tyneside pub of the year for a meet the brewers and beer tasting session.

We will be at The Steamboat in South Shields from 7:30pm hosting a guiding tasting session and talking all things Tyne Bank, including the history of the brewery and an in depth look at three of our cask ales.

There will be Buffet food available, and a raffle in aid of 'Big Pink Dress' raising money for Breast Cancer campaigns with some great Tyne Bank prizes.

Tickets are £4 and are available from the pub, but the evening is close to selling out so be quick if you'd like to come along. This will be your first chance to sample our July special, alongside classic Tyne Bank ales. We're looking forward to it, see you there.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Meet the Brewer at Glug this Saturday.

Struggling to find the perfect Father's Day gift? Join us at mmm... and Glug in the Grainger Market this Saturday 20th June where we will be on hand for a tasting session and helping you to choose and ideal present for Father's Day. We can answer any questions you might have about the brewery or the beers, or just for a chat and a sample.

From midday you can call into the shop and try our range of bottled beers, including our brand new 330ml special edition bottles:

Strawberries & Cream - At 3.8% this extra pale ale carries serious flavour, we used lactose and vanilla for a sweet and creamy base, and added a crazy amount of fresh strawberries.

Caribbean Stout - This 6.5% rum and raisin chocolate stout is rich, luxurious and packed with flavour. Deep chocolate notes support the rum soaked fruit in this boozy stout, with hints of burnt sugar on the finish.

Belgian IPA - A bold, hop forward beer brewed and dry hopped with a great combination of hops including Cascade, Nelson Sauvin, Chinook and Citra. Fermented to a substantial 7.2% with a Belgian ale yeast, this beer is a hybrid of two classic styles.

We'll also have plenty of our usual bottled beers to try from the hoppy Pacifica Pale to the luxurious Mocha Milk Stout. We can tailor the perfect gift pack for Father's Day with the combination of beers and glassware to suit you, and you can take the opportunity to try some beers you might not have sampled already. See you on Saturday!

Thursday, 11 June 2015

June special - Vienna Lager

After it's storming debut at our 4th Birthday party last week, our June special, Vienna Lager is hitting the handpulls and keg taps now. The beer is brewed using Vienna malt, which is kilned at a higher temperature than usual to provide a rich and toasty flavour. It isn't kept at the high temperature for long though, which allows the enzymatic activity to remain high, therefore it can be used to make up the majority of the malt bill. Combined with a lager malt, it makes for a medium bodied and full flavoured beer. We've hopped Vienna Lager with Saaz for a traditional European lager flavour and a crisp, refreshing finish.

This style of Lager was developed in Austria in the 1840s, and was made popular in the US when Viennese brewers emigrated and took their knowledge with them. It is often referred to as pre-prohibition lager as it was a popular style widely brewed in the US before alcohol was outlawed nationwide in 1920.

Our take on this historical style is available this month in both cask and keg.

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.