Published on December 16, 2014 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Brewery Profile: Three Kings, North Shields
An impressive arrangement of brewing vessels makes up a five-barrel plant with four fermenters/conditioning tanks which allow production to “round” nicely. Three Kings was set up two-and-a-half years ago by Ewan McCann, above,, a former account executive and partner in a design and marketing company.
Customers are mainly local – The Trent House, Bodega, Fitzgerald’s, Lady Grey’s in Newcastle and the Low Lights Tavern in North Shields – but regular orders from the likes of The Quaker House in Darlington are spreading the word a bit further. Four pubs using Three Kings for their house beers (Low Lights and Oddfellows in North Shields; Rockcliffe Arms, Whitley Bay, and the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle) account for half of the brewery’s output, which puts it on a stable production footing. Ewan has also been a driver of the beer-from-the-wood movement in the region – a hefty investment in oak casks is giving the beers a high profile as well as attracting curious drinkers.
He says: “Wood takes a lot of looking after but it’s really worth it.”
Billy Mill Ale (4.0% abv) is a golden bitter and a classic session beer with light malt and fruity, slightly spicy hop notes.
Ring of Fire (4.5% abv) is a well-balanced American Pale Ale with a crumb or two of biscuit malt and citrus fruit core.
Silver Darling (5.6% abv) is a hop-infused Pale Ale with fruit and spice on the palate and an almost scented aroma.
Apache American Pale Ale (5.0% abv) is brewed with three US-sourced hops which give it a grapefruit-tinged aroma and peppery bitter flavour.
Three Kings Brewery, 14 Prospect Terrace, North Shields NE30 1DX. Tel: 07580 004 565, www.threekingsbrewery.co.uk Set up in 2012 as a 2.5-barrel brewery, quickly expanded into five-barrel (180 gallons) production, and has never looked back. A small core of well balanced beers is supplemented by an ever-more experimental range.