28 April 2015

Summer Breeze at the Gateshead Beer Festival.

This bank holiday weekend we are launching our next seasonal ale exclusively at the popular Gateshead Beer & Music Festival. Summer Breeze will be available in cask for the first time this year as it becomes our seasonal beer for the summer months.

One of the most popular monthly specials of 2014, Summer Breeze returns for the warmer part of the year replacing Northern Porter as our seasonal beer. Brewed at 3.9% this pale ale is hopped with Cascade and Chinook, and flavoured with authentic Asian root ginger and fresh lemongrass late in the boil. A thirst quenching and refreshing beer, which has a subtle kick and delicate citrus notes. Summer Breeze will be available in cask at the Gateshead Beer Festival this weekend, and on general sale next week. The keg version will be available in a couple of weeks.

Gateshead Beer Festival

The Gateshead Beer & Music Festival is held at Gateshead Rugby Club from this Friday, with a great and varied music lineup and beers from across the country in cask and keg. Saturday tickets are sold out, but you can still get Friday and Sunday entry here. Alongside Summer Breeze, you will be among the first to enjoy our May special, Rhubarb & Custard in keg. Also at the festival will be Farmhouse Saison in cask and keg, Dark Brown Ale and the ever popular Silver Dollar. Make sure you head along to one of the highlights of the North East beer calendar. 

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. 

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.