Published on November 9, 2017 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Inn at the beginning
Ever since Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves used a dodgy Sat Nav in 1991 to get from the Dover coast to Nottingham Castle via Hadrian’s Wall, visitors from all over the world have made the pilgrimage to see the famous tree in what has now become known as Sycamore Gap, writes Ian Young.
Far from being a wilderness, the area around the Wall at Twice Brewed can boast some of the best food and drink the country has to offer – and it’s now getting even better. There’s now a brewery attached to the Twice Brewed Inn to enhance the offer from the award-winning pub. Andy Smith, former head chef at Langley Castle, and his wife Sue put The Red Lion at Newbrough, Northumberland, on the map and has taken charge of the Twice Brewed Inn. He always had a desire to have his own beer brewed and now – following months of planning and having the foresight to join forces with the highly enthusiastic and innovative brewer Red Kellie – Twice Brewed Brewery is up and steaming.
And what was the first beer brewed? Sycamore Gap of course. Head brewer Red Kellie explained that it’s a pale session beer (4.1% abv) brewed with Cascade hops with Lemon Drop hops added following fermentation to fill out its citrus characteristics.
Other beers available are Ale Caesar Amber Ale (4.2% abv), Twice Brewed Best Bitter (3.8% abv) and Vindolanda Excavation IPA (5.3% abv). Coming soon will be Hit The Wall Extra Special Bitter at 5.2% abv.
Andy Smith is committed to his principals of sustainability, using fresh local produce and supporting the local farming and business community. All spent grain from the brewhouse goes to feed cattle grazing along Hadrian’s Wall and the beef then gets served up in the Twice Brewed Inn restaurant. Local means local, too; the pub has its own spring providing water.
Twice Brewed developments include a refurbished bar, restaurant and brewery taproom where there are already bookings for weddings with functions, food and beer matching evenings, and a lot more planned. Maybe Kevin Costner’s Sat Nav wasn’t faulty after all.