Local Beer Fest News – Cumberland Arms Winter Beer Festival

26 02 2010

Late on this one too…must get a PC that allows me access to my emails all the time (just arrived as I type this – yippee!).  Anyway the festival starts today, running through the weekend, and has a great line up of beers for your entertainment as can be seen below.  I think Saturday is the only day we will be able to make it down due to an over extended diary at the moment but get yourself down to Bker this weekend if you can, it looks to be well worth it

Allendale, Beacon Fire 4.6% – A golden caramel coloured ale flavoured with Pasilla chilli’s

Bird Brain, Sheer Water 3.9% – A dark full bodied ale

Bottlebrook, Red Chinook 4.6% – A mid red copper Ale with grapefruit and lemon notes

Consett, Captain Cooks Black Porter 4.4% – A complex dark beer with initial chocolate sweetness followed by a sharp bitterness with roasted flavours

Durham, Frostbite 3.6% – Despite its low ABV its depth of malt and hop character makes it seem stronger than it is

Fallstaff, Phoenix 4.7% – A dark copper Ale with lots of body & a sweet after taste

Full Mash, Noir Rouge 4.2% – A dark red stout

Grafters, Brewers Troop 4.3% – A malty medium – dark beer

Hadrian & Border, Tyneside Brown Ale 4.7% – This brown ale is brewed on Tyneside. It is a full bodied, nutty, dark amber beer balanced with traditional English bittering and aroma hops

Jarrow, McConnell’s Celebratory Port Stout 5.1% – A rich creamy stout with a long lingering port, Liquorice & pale chocolate finish

Leadmill, Mashtun Bitter 3.6% – A mid bronze Ale with a dry citrus hoppy finish

Mallard, Feather Lite 4.1% – A pale larger style bitter, that is sweet on the palate

Marston Moor, Matchcock Mild 4.0% – A traditional full-flavoured dark mild

Milestone, Lionheart 4.4% – A mid copper traditional premium ale

Rudgate, Ruby Mild 4.4% – A nutty, rich ruby ale, stronger than usual for a mild

Shardlow, Reverend Eden 4.5% – A smooth bitter full of malt and hops with a sweet aftertaste

Slaters, Top Totty 4.0% – A yellow coloured Ale fruit and hopped nose and citrus hints

Summer Wine, Inverno 4.2% – A traditional dark winter ale with roasted nut and slight berry fruit hop finish

Thornbridge, Wild Swan 3.5% – A pale gold beer with a subtle lemon and spice aroma

Warwickshire, Lady Godiva 4.2% – A blonde gentle and full bodied Ale

Wolf, Granny wouldn’t Like It 4.3% – A dark red, rich & fruity Ale. The mix of flavours produces a complex but satisfying drink

Wylam, Northern Kite 4.5% – A ruby ale in the traditional “scotch” style. Subtle hop character and a rich palate


Sunday Worship- The Return

26 02 2010

As you may recall, or not as the case may be, I took part in a beer and food matching event at the Bacchus in Newcastle back in November, well I’ve just got my tickets for the next one too.

This Sunday sees return to the Bacchus at the slightly later time of 15:00, I guess to allow Andy to maintain his normal Sunday lunch service.  This time the brewery in question is the Yorkshire Dales Brewing Company and the list is as below.  No word yet on the food to go with said beers but I’ll imagine we’d find out on the day as we did last time.

3.8% Coverham Abbey – A Blonde Lager style session ale.  Triple hopped with Centennial, Galena and finally Celeia.  Easy drinking but with a real fresh light hoppy taste.

3.9% Marsett Mild – A traditional Pale Mild brewed with plenty of vienna, amber and brown malts for a touch of malty sweetness and caramel.  Very lightly hopped with some English Challenger and Bramling Cross.

4% Fred Astaire – A Ginger Beer, golden in colour but with a real dry ginger bite.  This beer is hopped with a trio of American hops, Galena, Centennial and Cascade.

4.2% Warcop Fell – A Dark Marzen style Bock. Brewed with a range of dark malts including Vienna, Amber, Dark Crystal, Black and Chocolate, hopped with English Challenger and German Herkules hops.

4.3% Askrigg Ale – A Premium golden bitter hopped keenly with Northdown and Amarillo for a real grapefruit/citrus finish.  Very crisp and dry.

5.5% – Gaping Gill – a truly rich and smoky porter.  Brewed with the finest Bamberg beech wood smoked malt and plenty of brown malt for a smooth deep complex flavour.

5.5% Four Continents I.P.A – This is brewed with just Pale Malt and a small amount of Black Malt to reflect a simple malt bill but the abundance of hops in this I.P.A will blow you away.  The hops originate from 4 continents, Nelson Sauvin (New Zealand), Sorachi Ace (Japan), Chinook (North America), Celeia (Slovenia)

5% St’Out of this World – A vanilla stout hand crafted with a modern twist on a centuries old beer style.  Plenty of roast barley distinguish a stout from a porter and some rolled oats for a creamy white head.

Again a great looking line up and I can’t now wait for Sunday.


Queen Victoria Feeds Her Subjects

24 02 2010

News from the ever knowledgeable Eric Larkham.

The Queen Victoria on Gosforth High Street will be starting to serve meals from Monday 1st March. Food will be available every day between 12noon and 8pm.

To enable them to decide what sort of food will be popular, and what beer goes with what food pub manager Justin Cooper is inviting you to pop along to the pub on Friday 26th February between 12:30 and 2:30 for free samples of the food, although you have to buy your own beer of course.

Sounds fair enough to me but unfortunately ADB are otherwise engaged.  If you are in the area though it sounds as if it could be worth your while popping in.


Local Beer Fest News – Trimmers Arms

24 02 2010

I’m afraid this festival has passed be by a bit so I’m late with the news.  The festival starts today and runs though until the 28th so there is plenty of time to get down there still.  In truth I’ve never been to the Trimmers, something I’ll have to rectify, so I can’t comment on the place but the beer list looks great.  There will also be 9 brews from the Bitter End Brewery whose Espresso Stout was a lovely pint at the recent Newcastle Arms festival.


1648 Brewery Brew-Master 3.9%

1648 Brewery Triple Champion 4.0%

Acorn Gorlovka Stout 6.0%

Acorn Motueka Ipa 5.0%

Allgates Hop Devil 5.5%

Banks & Taylor Dunstable Giant 4.4%

Banks & Taylor Shefford Old Dark 5.0%

Batemans Miss Canada 4.1%

Battledown Porter 4.5%

Bazens Zebra Best Bitter 4.3%

Beartown Ursa Minor 3.6%

Bowman Nutz 5.0%

Brentwood Blind Date 4.1%

Bridestones Dark Mild 4.5%

Burton Bridge Old Expensive 6.5%

Castle Rock Hairstreak 3.6%

Clarks Midwinter Mistletoe 4.2%

Corvedale Molly Morgan 4.0%

Elland Catch The Rainbow 4.1%

Empire Imperium 5.1%

Frog Island Croak & Stagger 5.6%

Golcar Guthlags Porter 5.0%

Green Jack Maheer Ipa 5.0%

Humpty Dumpty Porter 5.4%

Leeds Midnight Bell 4.8%

Loddon Penny Pond Porter 5.5%

Moles Moleo & Juliet 4.4%

Oakleaf Quercus Folium 4.0%

O’Hanlons Storkstay 5.0%

Ramsbury Pophams Pride 3.6%

Three Castles Love Beer 4.0%

Thwaites Hops & Kisses 3.8%

Wolf Remus 4.1%


Biddendens Bushells 6.0%

Biddendens Kentish Medium 8.0%

Moles Black Rat 6.0%

Thatchers Cheddar Valley 6.0%

Thatchers Trad Dry Cider 6.0%


Local Beer Fest News – The Duke of Wellington

24 02 2010

Just a quick one to say that there is going to be a small beer festival held at the Duke of Wellington on High Bridge Street between the 11th and 13th of March.  This used to be the Saturday haunt for HH and I but I don’t think either of us has been in for a number of years now.  No particular reason other than we thought the choice of beer took a bit of a hit and the décor change wasn’t to our liking…finicky blokes us two.  Anyway here is the beer list and you never know we may venture back in for a pint or two.

Abbeydale Moonshine 4.3%

Anglo Dutch Tabatha the Knackered 6.0%

Beartown Ginger Bear 4.0%

Blue Monkey BG Sips 4.0%

Cotleigh Old Buzzard 4.8%

Durham White Amarillo 4.1%

Fyne Ales Avalance 4.5%

Hadrian Border Reiver’s IPA 4.4%

Hadrian Border Tyneside Blonde 3.9%

Hornbeam Lemon Blossom 3.7%

Jarrow McConnells Irish Stout 4.6%

Mighty Oak English Oak 4.8%

Moor Somerland Gold 5.0%

Mordue IPA 5.1%

Roosters Yankee 4.3%

Saltaire Cascade Pale Ale 4.8%

Spectrum Old Stoat Wobbler 6.0%

Thornbridge Jaipur IPA 5.9%

Wylam Gold Tankard 4.0%