Beer Festival appearances

Goodbye January! It’s the time of year we take a breath, and have a few days off. We enjoyed watching England storm through the rugby at the weekend  – over a few pints of Shuggy Boat exported to London for the occasion.

We’ve been busy brewing to replenish stocks after the Christmas madness and some wonderful specials are coming your way – a Saison called Biscay and new dry hop project beer called Pilgrim and our strong beer Fortification.This means the Fortified series will feature later in the year. If you’re not familiar with these blended beers, you’re in for a treat and can read all about it here.

Beer festival beer orders are starting to come in, so here are a few diary dates for you:

Winter Great British Beer Festival 19-23rd February Norwich

Tyne Bank Brewery Craft Beer Evolution 23rd February – North East Brewers’ showcase

BeerX Liverpool  13th-14th March – we have beer in the keg competition and in the National Finals of the Cask competition!

Newcastle beer festival 10th-13th April – featuring the annual local ‘Battle of the Beers’ competition

Ponteland Beer festival  26-28th April

Chippenham Beer Festival, North Wiltshire 26th – 27th April

Gateshead beer Festival  3rd-5th May – also hosting the North East SIBA competition

Tynedale Beer Festival  13th-15th June

 

Spring news and brews

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:

Ponteland beer Festival 20-22 April 

Gateshead beer Festival 4-6 May

Tynedale Beer Festival 14-16 June

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! RNLI - Fundraising in aid of the RNLI