Sausage & Ale At The Brandling Villa – Festival Update

3 03 2011

Just a quick update on the Brandling Villa Sausage and Ale Festival.  Via the ever reliable Eric we learn that the following beers are those which are likely to be first up on the festivals temporary bar.

Anchor – Liberty Ale 5.9%

Bacchus – Kriek 5.8%

Blindmans – Golden Spring 4.0%

Brew Dog – Hardcore IPA 9.0%

Castle Rock – Preservation Ale 4.4%

Dark Star – American Pale Ale 4.7%

Great Divide – Wild Raspberry 5.6%

Leeds – New Moon 4.3%

Ouseburn – Bangerade 6.0%

Phoenix – Massacre 4.5%

Poachers – Shy Talk 3.7%

Roosters – Orange Blossom Cream Ale 3.9%

Schlenkerla – Rauchbier

Summer Wine – Barista Espresso Stout 4.8%

Thornbridge – Wild Swan 3.6%

Trentside – Hickman Gold 3.9%

These will be in addition to a further 6 handpulls on the main bar…contents as yet unknown.  The beer list originally provided looks to have been tweeked a little bit but remains largely the same and if I get any further info about additions/omissions I’ll post them as an update here.

I will be over there this afternoon/evening with Cider Tart Gamma so if you see us pop over and say Hi.  I’m looking forward in particular to trying the Great Divide and Roosters just so that I can get 2 of my 5 a day in…that works doesn’t it?  I’m also looking forward to trying as many of the sausages as possible too and have a large bag handy to take a large haul of them back home.



Local Beer Fest News – Brandling Villa Sausage & Ale Fest 2011

7 02 2011

The first week in March (3rd to 5th) sees the triumphal return of the Brandling Villa Sausage & Ale Festival.  Last year’s event was a tremendous success despite a few teething problems and Dave has learned from that and has planned an even more adventurous event for this year.

The pub is outside of Newcastle city centre but easily accessible via the Metro system.  Take a tram to South Gosforth and you will find it a couple of hundred yards down the bank.  The BV is an imposing, double fronted stone building and has plenty of room inside to fit everything and everybody in.  Dave has done a great job with the place since he took over about 18 months ago which will surely be rewarded with an entry in the next Good Beer Guide.

Anyway on to the festival and the beer and sausage lists, these are yet to be 100% confirmed but here is what we have so far and I’ll post updates if things change enough to warrant one.  The following lists are a bit long but worth reading through to pick out all the goodies to put on your festival hit-list.


8 Sail – Victorian Porter 5.0%

Adnams – American IPA 4.8%

Adnams – Belgian Abbey Ale 5.0%

Anchor – Liberty Ale (USA Import) 5.9%

Bacchus – Framboise (Belgium Import) 5.0%

Bays – Topsail 4.0%

Blindmans – Golden Spring 4.0%

Brew Dog – Edge 3.2%

Brew Dog – Hardcore IPA 9.0%

Castle Rock – Preservation Fine Ale 4.4%

Dark Star – American Pale Ale 4.7%

Flying Dog – Doggie Style (USA Import) 5.0% (may turn out to be Old Scratch)

Kwak (Belgium Import) 8.4%

Leeds – New Moon 4.3%

Ouseburn Valley – Bangerade 6.0%

Phoenix – Massacre 4.5%

Poachers – Shy T

Roosters – Orange Blossom Cream Ale 3.9%

Saltaire – Cascadian Black 4.8%

Springhead – Sweetlips 4.6%

Summer Wine Brewery -Barista Espresso Stout 4.8%

Thornbridge – Jaipur IPA 5.9%

Thornbridge – Kipling 5.2%

Trentside – Hickman Gold 3.9%


Brooklyn – Chocolate Stout

Mort Subite – Gueze

Schlenkerla – Rauchbier

Quintine – Hercule

Goose Island – India Pale Ale

Bohemia – Regent

Flying Dog – Gonzo Imperial Porter


Bison & Blueberry


Black Rabbit & Brooklyn Chocolate Stout

Pheasant & Pear

Northumbrian Beef & McConnell’s Irish Stout

Roast Duck, Spring Onion & Wasabi

Pork, Bean & Jalapeno

Wild Boar, Honey & Thyme

Wood Pigeon & Damson Jam

Venison & KWAK

Award Winning Cumberland Sausage

Craster Kipper & Dill

Full English Breakfast

Butternut Squash, Sage & Gorgonzola

Duck, Orange & Apricot

Pork & Thornbridge Jaipur India Pale Ale

Liver, Bacon & Ouseburn Porter

Allendale Beacon Fire Banger (HOT)

Pork & Ginger

Haggis, Neeps & Whisky

Northumbrian Lamb & Mint

Ostrich & Rosemary

Crocodile & Sage

Beef & Newcastle Brown Ale

Pork & Black Olive

Lamb Bhuna

Pork & Apple

Pork, Dijon & Roosters Orange Cream Blossom

Spinach & Cheddar Cheese

Mushroom & Tarragon


Duck Pork & Stilton

If you are still here after wading through all that, congratulations.  There will also be a selection of Ciders on throughout the Fest to keep the Tarts happy and in all Dave reckons that there will be 38 brews on at any given time.  Musical entertainment will be provided by the Lyndon Anderson Band, ZepFreeCream and the Mojo Hand band…if they can find any room to set up.

There are certainly some great beers to try here and if Dave can get things to anywhere near the standard of last year’s event you will be in for a treat if you make it along.


Local Beer Fest News – Brandling Villa Oktoberfest

30 08 2010

Dave at the Brandling Villa has set up another special event for us all to enjoy.  Following the success of the sausage and pie festivals etc he is now giving us Oktoberfest.  Running from 14 October at 12:00 to 16 October at 23:30 Dave has put together quite a selection of brews and some canny scran to go with it.  No confirmation of the musical entertainment as of yet but I live in hope for an Oompah band…well, kind of.


Chimay White
Erdinger Dunkel*
Fruh Kolsch*
Kostritzer Schwartzbier*
Schneider Weiss*
Timmermans Kriek
Timmermans Peche
Vedett Extra White*
Anchor Steam Beer*

*available in litre steins!


Little Valley Hebden’s Wheat
Hadrian and Border Byker Wit
Wylam Wit
Wylam Bohemia Pilsner
Harviestoun Schiehallion
Allendale Adder Lager
Thornbridge Jaipur IPA
Jarrow Westoe’s IPA
Loddon Hullabaloo
Mighty Oak IPA
Triple FFF Moondance
Marston Moor Merriemaker
Caledonian Oktoberfest


Hendl (Chicken)
Schweinbraten (Roast Pork)
Brezel (Pretzels)
Knodeln (Potato Pancakes)

For those of you have yet to venture there the Brandling Villa is a mere 5 minute walk from South Gosforth Metro station and so is within 20 minutes of the centre of Newcastle.  You can keep up to date with all the happenings at the Brandling Villa on their website, facebook page, blog and on twitter.

Local Beer Fest News – Big Pie Weekend Update

1 03 2010

Not long now until the festivities start at the Brandling Villa (Friday 12 midday) so I thought I should post the pie list and a few other details which have been sitting in my email for a few days now.

Northumbrian Steak with Wylam Haugh Porter
Pork & Bramley Cider
Minted Lamb
Spiced Beef & Spinach
Haggis, Neeps & Tatties in a Laphroaig Gravy
James Little’s Sausage Casserole
The Full English Breakfast
Chicken, Leek & Tarragon
Beef Sunday Lunch
Pork Sunday Lunch
Chicken Korma
Mince & Potato
Beef, Stilton & Mordue Workie Ticket
Chicken & Chorizo
Shepherd’s Pie
Allendale Chilli Beef Pie
Venison & Redcurrant
Game Pie
Pan Haggerty
4 Cheeses
Mushroom & Asparagus
Roast Vegetables & Feta Cheese
Thai Style Vegetable Curry
Coquetdale Cheese & Chilli
Chilli & Chocolate
Toffee Apple

One of the veggie pies should be gluten free.

CAMRA members will get 10p discount on beer & 20p off pies by showing their membership card.

I’ve taken Friday off in the hope that I can get a bit of a head start on the pies before the crowds head in and will be joined by HH and several Cider Tarts.  Pop over and say hello if you spot us.


Local Beer Fest News – Big Pie Weekend

9 02 2010

Well after my last post reviewing the recent Sausage and Beer Fest at the Brandling Villa I can now add details of their next event.  Yesterday I speculated that sausages and beer may be the best combination to get your taste buds going, well Dave Carr is going to give us a chance to test that theory by hosting a Pie and Beer Festival on the 5th & 6th of March.  Now I’m rather partial to a pie and I’m going to have 25 different ones to try out.  25! Are there even 25 pie fillings known to man? I guess we’ll just have to turn up and find out.  I don’t have a listing for the pies yet but the beer/cider/perry list is below just to wet your appetite.


Abbeydale Absolution 5.3%

Blue Monkey Evoultion 4.3%

Brewsters Rutterkin 4.6%

Castle Rock Screech Owl 5.5%

Dark Star Espresso Stout 4.2%

Durham White Gold 4%

Harviestoun Bitter Twisted 3.8%

Hopback Entire Stout 4.5%

Kelham Island Pale Rider 5.2%

Magpie JPA 5.2%

Oakham Bishops Farewell 4.6%

Ossett Big Red 4%

Roosters Nector 5%

Salamander Mudpuppy 4.2%

Tim Taylors Ram Tam 4.3%

Wylam Gold Tankard 4%

Wylam Magic 4.2%

Jarrow Rivet Catcher 4%

Hanby Rainbow Chaser 4.3%

York Guzzler 3.6%


Broadoak Kingston Black 7.5%

Broadoak Bristol Port 7.5%

Moles Black Rat 6%

Whiteheads Midnight Special Perry 5%

Whiteheads Cirrus Minor 5%

Thatchers Cheddar Valley Dry 6%

Biddenden Dry 8%

Westons Old Rosie 7.3%

Westons Traditional Scrumpy 6%

Ross on Wye 5 Apple 6.5%

All in all it looks like another couple of rather stupendous days await us.


Sausage, So Good – Brandling Villa Sausage & Beer Fest

8 02 2010

Beer and sausages is there no better combination to get you taste buds going? Well, maybe not but in order to test the theory what better event to attend than the Brandling Villa’s Sausage & Beer festival.  You know it made sense.

The event ran from 14th to the 17th January and rather give you a full blow by blow account of the proceeding I thought I would just throw up some photo’s and add a couple of observations filled out with a whole load of waffle.  OK, so what I mean is my memory is pants and I’ve lost my notes…they’re here somewhere but…

The Menu

First off I would like to congratulate Dave Carr, the manager, for putting on the event and making such a success of it, I’m sure it way exceeded his expectations, and also Stewart & Co for providing the wonderful sausages.

Cider Tart γ and I popped in on the Thursday to grab some tea and things were fairly quiet.  A couple of the regular faces were in place already sampling the wares and we partook of a deal which allowed us to try several of the varieties on offer for a damned reasonable price.  We tried sausages made with Durham Temptation, Allendale Beacon Fire and Mordue Workie Ticket amongst others (where are those damned notes?) and every one was great.  So good in fact we bought 3 packs to take home to enjoy later. The Wylam Haugh and Durham Sanctuary were both great and I’m told the ciders were also top notch.  We left after about an hour and a half and a goodly crowd and a great atmosphere was starting to build up

The usual suspects

On Friday we were joined by HH and Cider Tart σ and things were really busy.  It took us about ½ an hour to get served at the sausage counter but the good news was that the quality still up to scratch.  Finding a seat was a bit of an endeavour but we managed to dead man’s shoes a table after only a couple of minutes.  Beers sampled included both the Durham and Wylam again along with the Allendale Golden Plover.  There were other but my notes…well you get the idea.  Strangely the band arrived and appeared to have nowhere set aside to set up so started to erect their PA right in front of the toilet doors and next to one of the exits.  Thankfully sense prevailed and I assume some of the other punters were evicted from their tables to create space.  As things became even busier and the prospect of ever getting served diminished dramatically we decided to cut our loses and head back into town.


So pro’s and con’s?


Great selection of well kept beer.

Wonderful, well priced sausage also available to take home and cook yourself.

Great pub with excellent atmosphere on both nights.


Not enough bar staff to manage the numbers who attended or change barrels quickly.

Ditto for the sausage bar.

Band space needed to be arranged in advance.

In my view the pro’s well outweigh the con’s, many of which were due to Dave’s own admission that he had totally underestimated the number of punters the event would attract.  However everyone took the wait for beer and sausages in good humour, just soaking up and adding to the atmosphere.  I know Dave has more events planned and I doubt he will make the same mistakes again and would heartily recommend anyone to make an effort to attend if they are in the area.


Local Beer Fest News – Brandling Villa Update

14 01 2010

A quick update on the Brandling’s festival as we now have the Cider list in so I thought I might as well make it available to you all:

Crossman’s Somerset Sweet Cider 7%
Hartland’s Farmhouse Cider
Malvern Magic 6.5%
Ross On Wye 5 Apple Medium Dry 6.5%
Ross On Wye Dabinett Bramley 5.5%
Weston’s Old Rosie 7.3%
Weston’s Traditional Scrumpy 6%

I’m sure the Cider Tarts will be overjoyed at the prospect of 7 ciders, although CTγ may be more than a little annoyed given that she offered to drive me there today thinking there would only be 3 on.

The plan seems to be that CTγ and I will pop in tonight to grab a couple of drinks (or a half in CTγ’s case) and some sausage for tea.  We will then be back on Friday night for a longer session in the company of HH and CT’s σ & λ.


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