Published on September 5, 2017 | by Alastair Gilmour


Arch to arch in one quick move

A microbrewery edged out of its original railway arch home because the building needed serious remedial work and was classed as unsafe for occupation has found a new home – in a railway arch.

Errant Brewery has moved only a short distance from its original Newcastle base, but the new, plastic-cladded facility has allowed owners Tom Meads and Martyn Stockley to develop what they had always wanted anyway, a brewery and taproom where guests can sit and drink and see how beer is made.

“We kitted it out ourselves, but we began thinking about what we were going to do while we were still at the old place, rather than do it when we got here,” says Martyn Stockley.

“It’s essentially the same kit except for a new 2.5-barrel fermenter which will be used for our double IPA.”

It’s refreshing to hear Martyn declare that it’s not everybody who wants to drink Errant beers, so the taproom features two “guests” – Newcastle University’s Stu Brew True Wisdom and Marble Brewery Pilsner for starters – among the eight Errant beers on the counter that include Tusk, Crystal Skull and Comanche.

The bar has a corrugated iron frontage which rather handily came from Tom’s dad’s garden shed – amazingly exactly the right size. The whole shebang makes for a comfortable space, very bright and tidy with a long pew along one wall, some comfy chairs with the brewing magic bubbling away just over a small wall.

The Errant taproom will be open Thursday to Saturday to begin with until demand is fully gauged.

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