Grace Darling Gold – our new name for Shuggy Special

We brewed Shuggy Boat Special 5% a few years back as a one off, a stronger, hoppier version of our best seller, Shuggy Boat Blonde 3.8%. It’s proved so popular that we have brewed it again and again and it’s become a permanent member of our core range. Not surprisingly the two beers are sometimes confused, having such similar names, so we have finally decided to re-name our strong blonde beer Grace Darling Gold, after the famous English lighthouse keeper’s daughter. Grace Darling was lauded for her part in the rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked Forfarshire in 1838, off the Farne Islands in Northumberland.  You can read all about her story and the museum celebrating her life on the RNLI website, better still go and visit it in Bamburgh, on the North East Coast!
Thanks to Charlotte Powell, local artist from Tynemouth, for her lovely drawing for our pump clip, showing the small boat on the stormy sea all those years ago.


Brewery scoops 4 awards at SIBA regional Competition


Cullercoats Brewery has brought home an armful of awards from the regional SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) competition in York, adding to their already impressive collection.
The awards, often cited as ‘the brewers’ choice’ in the industry, are based on blind tastings by a large panel of judges, made up of brewers and other industry experts. 177 cask ales were entered into the competition by 56 independent breweries, located all over the North East Region, from South Yorkshire up to the Scottish Borders.
Fortification ( ABV 7.3%) won Gold, Shuggy Boat Blonde (ABV 3.8%), the brewery’s best selling beer, won Silver, with Rocket Brigade IPA (ABV 5.5%) and Dry Hop Project #23 Ernest (ABV 4.8%) both winning Bronze in their respective beer categories.
Anna Scantlebury, one half of the husband and wife team which set up the brewery almost 6 years ago said:
” To win awards in four out of the nine cask ale categories against such stiff competition is a huge accolade. It’s the third consecutive year we’ve won  a Gold award, qualifying the beer to go through to the National competition. We’ve gone on to win awards at National level twice before, so I’m hoping 2018 will make it a third!
Head brewer Bill Scantlebury said:
“As a brewery we put quality first every time, from the ingredients we buy, to the planning and production of all our beers – the hands-on attention to detail at every stage is what makes the difference. British hops are of exceptional quality and new varieties (such as Ernest) are giving brewers more choice than ever in terms of flavour and aroma. I do hope that our success serves to highlight the brilliant range of home-grown hops now available, not to mention the terrific quality malts from Yorkshire maltsters Fawcetts.
I’m hoping to produce a ‘green-hopped’ beer in September using freshly harvested hops grown half an hour away from the brewery, certainly the most northerly crop we will have brewed with yet – watch this space!”
Cullercoats brewery currently brews about 5000 pints a week, each one boosting the company’s already impressive donation to RNLI , the Lifeboats Charity – over £33000 at the last count. Brewing is all done by Bill and his assistant brewer Sean Hardy, who joined the team 3 years ago. Extra help is brought in for the hand bottling and labelling of their core beers. The bottle conditioned ales are popular with local bars and eateries such as The Boatyard, Cullercoats, Kiln in The Ouseburn, Staiths Cafe and The View in Tynemouth; they can be bought in Fenwick, Boda Home, Centrale and other independent outlets.
The brewery’s next project is a collaboration with Tony Patton of Dog and Rabbit Brewpub in Whitley Bay, producing a hearty IPA to be launched at Tynemouth Beer Festival on 28th September.20170818_172149

B fest in York August 18th and 19th

We will have a few beers on the bar at this fantastic new summer event, showcasing SIBA competition entrants and winners along with blues and folks bands from the region. All the info is here !B-Fest Poster

Brewery open day 18th June 12-3pm

To celebrate SIBA’s ” Brewers in the Community week” come and see the brewery and meet the brewers! Have a look around, find out how the beer is made, have a pint or two and enjoy a wood fired pizza from Hadrian’s Pizza. All welcome.

Beers £3/pint pizza £5/£6 . We’ll be mainly outdoors, so bring your fleece! If you’re under 25 bring photo ID please.
Soft drinks also available but no other alcohol.

The brewery is wheelchair accessible but we do not have a disabled toilet, there is a small step down to the loo which is also small!

FREE ENTRY, no booking required.  Families welcome, but please keep your children close by you – this is a working brewery!  open 12 noon, close 3pm

We’ve done it again! National Award for Pilot

Here’s the press release!

Cullercoats Brewery wins Bronze in National Beer Competition
Cullercoats Brewery is celebrating success at this year’s Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) National beer competition, held in Sheffield last week. Having scooped the Gold award for the North East Region, Pilot (one of the company’s Dry Hop Project beers) went forward to the National Finals. Competing against all the regional champions, Pilot was awarded bronze, making it the 8th SIBA award won by the brewery. 208 beers were in the finals, from 8 regions, and there were 80 judges, made up of experts, brewers, suppliers, beer writers and others from within the industry.

Company Director Anna Scantlebury said :
It’s a huge boost to win such a prestigious award in a purely blind tasted competition, jam packed with outstanding breweries. Our Dry Hop Project beers use the traditional method of adding hops to the cask so the flavours develop further as the beer matures. We only use English hops, many of which are still in development as the hop farmers expand production of different varieties. The flavours are outstanding and this award certainly highlights the quality of British hop production.

The brewery, now 5 years old, produced it’s millionth pint last month, raising over £30,000 in the process, through the company’s 3p/pint donation to RNLI(Lifeboats).
Head Brewer Bill Scantlebury champions English ingredients, developing beers to show off the hops grown here. His Shipping Forecast series of beers focus on the other main ingredient in beer, the malt, and the many malt varieties that lend different flavours to the ale. Cullercoats beers are sold widely in pubs throughout Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, as well as at independent off licences.

£30,000 on the Totaliser for RNLI!

We’re thrilled to reach this milestone in our fund raising efforts for the RNLI – thanks to all our loyal customers for helping us to donate this money, helping to save lives at sea. Cheers! In spite of #DryJanuary and the ever increasing competition out there, we have had a very 2017-03-01 10.16.22 (1)busy start to the year- onward and upward!

Mini Keg Tutorial!

Our 5 litre (almost 9 pints) mini kegs are available over Christmas and new year at Fenwick, Boda Home and The Wine Chambers if you live in Newcastle or at the coast, and Bill has done a short video on FaceBook to show you the ropes if you’ve never bought one before. There is yeast in the can, so let it settle a few hours before serving cool (not chilled too long in the fridge as a chill haze is possible – though won’t make it taste bad or anything!). Happy New Year everyone!

bottled beer from Cullercoats Brewery

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Octobeeeer 7-9 it’s a whoppa!

There certainly is a beery event for everyone this weekend, up here in the North East.

First off

St James Park Real Ale Festival in Newcastle, promises music, food, loads of local North East brewers and some beers you won’t find on your supermarket shelf , including the last casks of our Fortification 7.3% and Forties 4.1% if you haven’t yet tried these.

And then…

Red Lion Alnmouth beer festival  A fabulous weekend of delicious Beer tasting together with a Champagne tasting bar. 6 beers 6 ciders, live music on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon and homemade burgers on Friday night. Raising funds for HospiceCare North Northumberland. 01665 830584 or visit:

Finishing with….

Gosforth Beer Festival, at Gosforth Civic Theatre, not far from Newcastle city centre, 2 mins walk from Regent Centre Metro. All profits go to a great Charity Liberdade who are helping to run the event – music, family workshops, street theatre, and lots of wonderful beers to choose from, 25 cask, 10 keg, 10 ciders. Ring 0191 284 3700 for details.

Phew! After Bill has delivered to all these festivals he will be heading to York to run a Marathon on Sunday, so his well earned beer won’t come until Sunday night!