Next week (wed 26th to sat 29th) the north umbria university student union once again plays host to the Newcastle beer and cider festival. This will be my second year volenteering but my first getting more involved organising and planning and whilst I could fill the blog for three months over with the strains of putting together a event of this size with nothing but volenteer’s a few with great understanding more with some clue and many making up with enthusiasm. Instead I thought I would offer a little insight to the varied and I have to say quite brilliant beer list out ordering team have managed to pull together.
The festival beers fall into three catalogues firstly battle of the beers every cask producing local brewery is invited to enter producing a great range of new local beers. Secondly we have decided this year to throw the spotlight on the beers of Yorkshire and finally a few specials that we feel people would really enjoy.
1. Battle of the beers , past entry’s in the battle of the beers have gone onto great things including radgie gadgie and workie ticket from mordue Allendale adder and Wylam’s jakehead all starting life at the festival over the years , this year the challenge was to produce a ipa between 4 and 6 % abv a simple instruction with a wealth of options and sub styles.
Some of my personal picks in this catagory include Allendale – Thunderhead 5.5% , box social – peach burns 6.0% , Errant – kaiju punch 6.0% and Brinkburn – groovy juice 6.0% a fruity new England ipa that has been available in bottle for a few weeks
The second catagory yorkshireally beers include a few eye catching beers in amongst the traditional and steady brews we have Blue bee brewery – ginger beer brewed with 30kg of fresh root ginger sure to pack a firey punch , Exit 33 – cookie monster cookies and cream stout I have heard mixed reviews on this one seems to vary cask to cask but for a festival half you need to try it , Yorkshire heart Rhu bar beer if there’s three things Yorkshiremen are proud off its beer rhubarb and Yorkshire pudding and whilst I’m yet to find a Yorkie pud porter this fruit beer has the other two covered
And the final Yorkshire beer ild like to bring attention to you may have had before but solitaire brewery triple chocoholic made with chocolate malts chocolate syrup and erm chocolate and guess what it tastes like?
Rounding us off with a few specials and they are indeed quite special.
Arcane bridge – world’s end the last beer for some time from this local brewery is a red ale aged in whisky cask and promises to be one you won’t want to miss
Box social brewing – campfire porter this has been around Newcastle for a while now but it’s rarer in cask and never lasts much more than a day on any bar toasted marshmallows and coffee from pumphreys in the grainger market are amongst the ingredients in this sweet but well ballanced porter.
Great North eastern brewing company- minikins stout the branch were lucky enough to have the guys from gnebc come and talk to us at a branch meeting and even luckier to have a few samples of this bottled stout and we were all agreed it’s tasty stuff but would be better served from a cask and so for the first time ever it shall be!
And finally a beer that sold out incredibly fast last year and had a buzz around it on twitter swannay brewery from the Orkney Islands once again are sending there big boozy imperial stout 8.0% sold in thirds due to cost but still a bargain compared to what you may pay of you ever found this on a bar around town.
So that’s it just a few hand pick’s from the list of over 100 to be found at the festival tickets are on sale at the door so come support your local festival as without you guys drinking it then we can’t run it and we would miss all the stresses so much !
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