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 ratebeer.com in their Best of 2014. 

Widely recognised as the most visited independent site for craft beer enthusiasts, ratebeer.com 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.

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.