In celebration of International Beer Day today, 5 August, we spotlight the North East’s long and successful history of brewing by handpicking a few of our favourite local breweries and craft beers.
Breweries and ale houses are part of the landscape and culture of the North East.
Obviously the iconic Newcastle Brown Ale is well-known amongst many people outside of this region (even as far afield as the US); however, the micro-breweries of Northumberland and Durham are now making their mark, too.
Wylam Brewery, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland, now resides in the beautiful Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park and has been producing high quality ales since 2000. The Factory Kitchen proudly stocks their beers – specifically, Rocket and Angel.
Rocket is a fresh, citrusy, best bitter, named after the early steam locomotive, Rocket, which was built in Wylam.
By contrast, Angel is a commemorative beer to celebrate the ‘Angel of the North’ sculpture’s 10th anniversary, commissioned by Gateshead Council. Again, Angel has citrus and bitter notes, but is amber in colour.
A few other great microbreweries we think you should try at your leisure include:
- Anarchy Brew Co. – A small Northumbrian brewery in the little market town of Morpeth, despite being ‘the new kids on the block’ of the brewery market, they have a large range of intense flavours and stockists.
- Big Lamp Brewery – The North East’s oldest microbrewery, which has now expanded into a restaurant-hotel and pub as well.
- Durham Brewery – Durham’s oldest brewery. Durham brewery boasts an impressive array of awards and manufactures an extensive range of bottles varying from the lightest 3.8% and the darkest 10%.
Visit us this weekend (5-7 August 2016) for some special, hoppy additions to our menu including our chef’s homemade steak and ale pie; chocolate and stout cake; and Brown Ale ice cream.
Words: Hannah Priday