Brew Dog - continuing the real ale revival in Newcastle
PUBLISHED: 15:02 14 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:30 20 February 2013
As the real ale revival continues to grow, Sue Campbell put aside her glass of pink fizz to sample a new 'craft beer bar' in Newcastle
The print version of this article appeared in the June 2012 issue of North East Life
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Ill say up front, Im not a beer person. My favourite tipple comes in a tall glass, in pretty pink with a lot of bubbles.
But I know lots of people are partial to the dark side and I have been known to partake in the odd half and Im sure they will be delighted at the opening of a new craft beer bar in Newcastle.
Scottish brewery BrewDog has unveiled its first craft beer bar in the north of England. BrewDog Newcastle on Dean Street sells artisan beers from around the world.
It also sells its own range, which includes what is apparently the countrys strongest ale, a fearsome sounding 41% IPA called Sink the Bismarck! which their website tells me retails at 40 for a 330ml bottle.
Now, I know my bottle of gin is 37.5% - Ive just checked but beer? I decided to consult an expert.
Peter Cockerill is landlord of The Old Well in Barnard Castle and he hosts a beer festival every year hes just served 40 different ones at his latest one but he used to work for a North East company as a beer expert.
Thats certainly the strongest beer Ive ever heard of, and Ive worked in the beer industry all over the world, he said.
Peter keeps five or six real ales at his pub which was voted the best Teesdale pub for 2011/12 by members of the Darlington Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale.
He explained: Real ales over about 4.2% are classed as premium. Premium lagers are about 5%. Specialist Belgian beers can be 6% or 6.5%. But 41% blows them all out of the water.
I know it comes in a bottle, but I wouldnt serve a pint of it. Even the lowest measure of beer you can serve a third of a pint would have six or seven units of alcohol in it.
BrewDog has vintage pinball machines and boardgames, and 14 draught beer taps serving a range of BrewDog beers and guest ales from around the world.
James Watt, co-founder of BrewDog said: Newcastle is embracing the craft beer revolution and the opening of BrewDog Newcastle is a landmark moment in the rejection of tasteless, insipid mainstream lagers and the characterless chain bars that peddle them.
We have a big community of fans in Newcastle, so opening a bar here has been a priority for us this year.
Pints of quality
The North East has a thriving real ale scene, with a number of top class micro-breweries across the region. If you know one that stands out from the crowd, drop the editor a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for a selection of some of our favourite artisan food and drink producers from across the region, visit the food and drink section of our website, northeast.greatbritishlife.co.uk.