Published on March 6, 2018 | by Alastair Gilmour


Brewer moving with the times

Tyne Bank Brewery is going through a period of change, proving that nothing stays the same forever. The Byker, Newcastle, company has taken a new head brewer on board to replace the appropriately named Adam Brewer who is going into teaching biology. All that knowledge of yeast structure and saccharification (the conversion of starch into sugar) will certainly come in handy in the classroom.

He is being replaced by Alan Dunlop from 6 Degrees North, based in Scotland, who will have a busy introduction to the brewhouse and taproom on Walker Road.

Brewery owner Julia Austin says: “We are looking to ramp up our bar specials brewed on our test kit and launch an exciting new range of limited edition small batch brews with release dates planned for Easter.”

Julia also says that one of their old vans has been donated to Nowt Special Events, an arts-based company that Tyne Bank works closely with, exhibiting artworks to hang in a rotating programme and presenting DJ-led events. One of its artists has spray-painted the van with the idea that every month with a new set of artworks to hang – normally between 20 and 30 at a time – the van will appear with completely new graphics.

“The events in the taproom are growing and we now even have a Baby Social once a month which is proving really popular. Parents bring their babies and get a chance to meet and socialise with others – something that can get lost when you have a tiny one around.”

A Thrift Market is on the calendar (March 4) as are the ever-popular Tap Socials and Film Nights with an Irish beer festival set for St Patrick’s Day.

“We are also just about to launch a competition to win a £75 voucher for Miller and Carter and Vintage Inns,” says Julia. “Entrants must tag us in a social media post with a photo of themselves enjoying a pint of Silver Dollar in either a Miller and Carter Steak House or one of the Vintage Inns.” (Visit for more information).

Beer-wise, Fusion – the first of Tyne Bank’s new quarterly range of SMaSH beers – is selling well there are similar high hopes for Planet Olicana. Another new special (Cabana Coconut Porter 5.3% abv) is inspired by the old confectionary bar, with hints of cherry, caramel and chocolate.

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