We’ve just taken delivery of some expertly roasted “Black Middens” coffee from Tynemouth Coffee Company, ready for our next Shipping Forecast Ale PORTLAND. This will be a very special coffee porter, brimming with a cornucopia of different malts and fresh fresh coffee. Locals to the coast will know that Tynemouth Coffee Co supply Cullercoats Coffee, our local coffee shop, which is well worth a visit for a tasty brew if you’re in the village. We’re planning on bottling a few Portlands, so if you miss it on the bar in July/August you might be able to try the bottle conditioned version later in the summer or in September.
It’s all go this week as Rockcliff Rugby club gear up for their annual beer festival. Friday 25th-Sunday 27th May – you’re in for a treat with beer, cider, gin and fizz, live music and street food from the superb Hadrian’s Pizza. Whitley Bay Carnival is also this weekend, so come to the coast!
We’ve got a special in the pipeline to mark the Football World Cup, a smooth, easy drinking pale ale, hopped with Challenger and Jester and Olicana late on in the boil for extra fruity aromas. All English of course! At 3.8% you’ll be able to enjoy a few and still keep your eye on the ball. This is a limited run beer, available from June 4th so any Landlords out there who want to reserve a cask or two, do get in touch on 07895 692 881.
Finally, we’re just back from a weekend in Edmundbyers, a lovely spot about 20 miles form Newcastle, though you’d never guess, it feels so remote and tranquil! The hostel is run by Debbie and David with a campsite at the back, and a fabulous bar (called BAA) at the front, with a great selection of always changing real ales, lagers, gins and wine. The Punch Bowl, also in the village does great beers too and has a tasty lunch and dinner menu, well worth a visit. We camped Saturday and had lovely supper at the Punchbowl. Sunday we enjoyed a long yomp across Blanchland Moor, and back along the river; a fantastic walk with curlews, grouse, bluebells, yellow wagtails, lambs galore, wild garlic, and an abundance of wild flowers. No adders, although plenty of signs warning you about them!
PS if you’re fans of Boewulf, there are two giant statues from the set in the campsite just now, also enjoying their holiday from filming nearby!
Not quite sure where the last few months went, we seem to have been so busy! In spite of the chill factor we’ve enjoyed strong demand for beers, especially our lovely dark Polly Donkin and the super strong Fortification. It’s got us thinking/plotting about some local collaborations on the dark and strong side, we’ll keep you posted on that…Dubbel Dubbel Toil and Trouble….
We’ve had fantastic responses to our collaboration with Dog and Rabbit Brewery, Whitley Bay – two versions of Sea Dog, the strong American IPA. Then our Three Amigos American pale ale for the battle of the beers competition at Newcastle Beer Festival last week sold out very quickly. People seemed to have loved this beer, even though we didn’t win! So our occasional foray into the world of foreign hops has been interesting and we’ll continue to complement our all English core range with these occasional beers
Our latest Shipping Forecast beer is called Wight, and will be out in about a week’s time. Our assistant brewer Sean Hardy says “Maris Otter, Vienna, oat and wheat malts combine to give this extra pale ale full body and malt sweetness. Hoppiness is provided by masses of Endeavour, Jester and new hop CF160 being added late in the boil and as a dry hop. Giving floral and soft fruit flavours with a bitter finish.” So there you go! This beer is unfined, so may have a slight haze and it’s suitable for vegans.
Talking of which, our unfined beer output is rising month on month as more pubs ask for unfined cask ales. If you want to try these versions your best bet is to head to the Ship Inn, Ouseburn, Byker, where they get through an impressive number of casks each week! Of course all our bottled beers are unfined, and you can get them at Fenwick, Boda, Centrale and Coppers.
We’re delighted to be supplying a number of beer festivals coming up soon:
They’re all great events with fantastic music and entertainment, well worth a day out by bus, metro or train! In particular, the Ponteland Beer Festival have the superb Baghdaddies playing tunes from their new album on Sunday, you can pop along just for this for £2.50 entrance, or free if you order Friday or Saturday tickets. It’s on frequent bus X78 from Haymarket (20 mins) and a 5 minute walk.
Other dates for your diary are:
Whitley Bay Carnival, 25-26 May – plenty of things to get involved in RIGHT NOW! Cloud Nine’s new play Rainbird at the Exchange North Shields 23 -28 April
Mouth of the Tyne festival Tynemouth 5-8th July – Paloma Faith is sold out but plenty more on offer!
So there’s plenty going on in our area, we hope you have some fun in the sun and enjoy some Cullercoats beers while you’re about it. By the way we’ve just hit £37,000 on the RNLI totalizer – thanks to our fabulously loyal customers!
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.
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.
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 !
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
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.
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 busy start to the year- onward and upward!