Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Ivy House Tap Takeover.

Next week on Monday 28th September we are taking over the taps of one of Sunderland's best real ale pubs. 5 hand pulls and 1 keg line at the Ivy House will host a wide range of our delicious beers for you to sample, and we'll be along to chat, answer any questions and talk through the beers.

Twinned with The Northumberland Hussar in Heaton, The Ivy House is one of the first pubs in Sunderland in recent years to sell a good selection of cask ales and craft beers, with our ales being a regular feature on the bar. If you are a student returning to the city this month, its a perfect opportunity to discover our beers in a fantastic pub you may not have been to before. 

There will be a 10% discount for CAMRA members and free nibbles to compliment the beers. 

Meet the brewers. Drink the beer.
From 7:30pm Monday 28th.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

September Special - Green Hop IPA.

It's hop picking season again, and we are lucky enough to have the chance to brew a beer using the freshest possible hops, added to the boil less than 24 hours after leaving the fields. When hops are picked, they are partially dried and vacuum packed for storage, but some are quickly shipped to breweries to be used as 'Green' hops. The drying process removes some of the natural oils from the hops which provide flavour and aroma to beer. By using fresh hops with all of these oils still present, we can brew an IPA with flavours and character that simply can't be achieved at any other time of the year.

For our September special we have brewed a 5.2% IPA, stronger than our previous Green Hop beers and with even more of the freshest English hops. If we can get hold of enough fresh hops, we'll also brew a 4.4% version as we have in the past couple of years. The lower ABV edition will have plenty of late hop additions for aroma, and the IPA will also have a larger early addition providing juicy bitterness. Casks are hitting the handpulls this weekend, and we are putting some into keg next week, this one always sells fast so grab a pint while you can!

Friday, 7 August 2015

Great Taste Awards 2015.

We are delighted to announce that three of our beers have received Great Taste 2015 awards, including one of our most established beers, Monument, which won the top award of 3 gold stars.

In addition to Monument's incredible success, both our Motueka Blonde and Mocha Milk Stout picked up a Gold Star each. Added to Silver Dollar and Cherry Stout's success at last years' awards we now have 5 beers boasting these prestigious awards.

The Great Taste Awards are an annual event in which 10,000 products ranging from chocolate to steak, are blind tasted and judged by over 400 judges including trained food writers and chefs. Only 31% of the products entered were accredited, with only 130 being awarded 3 Gold Stars putting Monument among the very best of British food and drink. If this wasn't enough, it also secured a place in the top 50 products, which in the words of the organisers are "quite simply are the best fifty foods in the world." 

Feedback from the judges included Monument being described as "a perfect example of a classic British bitter" and is described as "balanced, with just the right bite to it, and plenty of life."

Mocha Milk Stout was described as deep and well flavoured, and Motueka boasted a "good, floral aroma."

All of our award winning beers are available from the brewery shop, and all good bottled beer outlets in the area, so if you haven't tried any of them yet make sure you pick up some bottles and give them a try.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Hop & Berry Tap Takeover.

We are really excited to announce that we are hosting a Tap Takeover in the big smoke in just over a week's time. The handpulls and keg lines of The Hop & Berry in Islington will play host by a wide selection of Tyne Bank treats on Monday 10th August.

Located just minutes walk from Angel tube station on Liverpool Road in Islington, The Hop & Berry is a pub quickly becoming a haven for craft beer. We are really looking forward to an evening of showcasing our ales in one of the best cities in the world for beer, taking over all 6 handpulls and 6 keg lines showcasing specials, seasonals and core beers from pale and hoppy to dark and malty.

From 7:30pm we will be at the pub supporting the event, we'll have samples available of some of our ales in both cask and keg, and we'll be on hand to chat about the brewery and the beers. With every pint you buy you'll be entered into a raffle to win Tyne Bank prizes but be warned, if you're not there when we draw the numbers, we'll keep drawing until someone else wins! So if you're in London for GBBF, make sure pop along and join us for an ale or two.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Cherry Stout at GBBF.

We are delighted to announce that our ever popular Cherry Stout will be available at this year's Great British Beer Festival, the highlight of the British real ale calendar.

This huge event takes place from 11th - 15th August in London's Olympia Exhibition Centre, and features over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and international beers from over 350 producers. This year one of our favourite beers has been chosen to appear on one of the festival's 27 bars, and represent the region among Britain's best beers.

Cherry Stout is a 5.2% oatmeal stout brewed with whole cherries. The already complex malt bill which contains a blend of roasted, chocolate and dark malts is enhanced with the addition of oatmeal for a velvety smooth mouthfeel. A mix of sweet and black sour cherries provide layers of fruit notes which combine with the malts for a 'Black Forest Gateau' character, as the flavours unfold with every sip.

Our first Christmas special, we knew instantly that we had to brew this beer again, and it's since become a firm favourite available year round in bottles and occasionally on cask. If you're heading down to GBBF next month make sure you grab a half, if you can't make it don't worry, it will be available locally on cask from next week.

Keep your eyes peeled for a unique barrel aged version being released later in the year, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest news.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Wilson's Birthday Beer.

This September Wilson Barbershop Co. celebrate their second birthday at one of favourite pubs in the world, The Brandling Villa. We've teamed up to supply a unique beer for the event, which takes place at the Villa on 5th September.

The beer needs a name, and we need your help. Wilson are based just minutes from the Brandling Villa in South Gosforth, and with most of the folk who get their hair cut and beards trimmed by Robyn and her team, the pub is their local. 

The beer will be a 4% pale ale brewed using a blend of Southern Hemisphere hops, and dry hopped with a 'yet to be decided' combination of New Zealand hops. Expect big, juicy tropical and citrus notes with plenty of aroma and a biscuit-like malt base.

Tweet your suggestions using the hashtag #WilsonsBirthdayBeer and we will decide the winner, you have until Friday 31st July. The winning name will of course be featured on the beer's pump clip on the night of the event, and you'll also win a free hair cut and a beery prize.

We're already enjoying some brilliant suggestions, it's going to be tough one to decide so get thinking and tweeting! Good luck.

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.