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Published on June 5, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Beer with a golden promise

Jamie Robson isn’t a big fan of plastic. As a North Sea surfer, he has first-hand knowledge of its effect on marine life – so much so that five pence from every pint sold from his Northumberland brewery is donated to the charity Ocean Clean-Up.

Jamie is also head brewer at Grounding Angels Brewing Co in Hexham, a 125-litre experimental pilot brewery which equates to just under one brewer’s barrel (36 gallons). You’d have to work every hour of every week to make a living out of that, but at present he brews his own recipes “gypsy-style” on much bigger kit in North Yorkshire.

He has big plans, however, keeping a look out for premises around Newcastle which would include a brewery, taproom and grassroots music venue which he believes would be the perfect way of establishing the brand.

Grounding Angels started life last September on the most handsome little collection of brewing vessels you could find anywhere. If stainless steel could be called cute, they’re cute.

“At the moment we’re supplying the Heart of Northumberland in Hexham and the Free Trade in Newcastle,” says Jamie, “but I’ve been making trips to Edinburgh and Leeds to establish new contacts, as well as around the North East.

“Making beer is something I’ve always wanted to do, so I took a one-day Start-up Brewing course at Brewlab in Sunderland and loved it so much I signed up for the three-month one. Then when you’re finished you don’t know what the hell’s going on before you get the hang of it.”

The three core beers Jamie and right-hand man Jamie Hawkes have produced are Little Wing (3.8% abv), Chasing The Horizon (5.3% abv) and Lazy Rider (4.3% abv). All nod towards the US and are unfined, unfiltered and vegan-friendly.

Grounding Angels – the name refers to being rooted in the local landscape with the “angel” representing the crucial action of yeast – uses Golden Promise barley grown extensively in the North Northumberland coastal strip and coveted by the scotch whisky industry.

Jamie’s commitment to Ocean Clean-Up is wholly admirable. It aims to clear our beaches, rivers, seas and oceans from plastic waste.

He says: “I like the idea of giving something back.”

More at grounding-angels.com 0191 607 5852.


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