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Published on November 14th, 2014 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Brewery Profile: Tyne Bank, Newcastle

Beers in high demand – and rising

Tyne Bank is a 20-barrel brewery (720 gallons) which normally brews two or three times a week. It’s fortunate in having seven conditioning tanks but even then, storage is becoming a problem as its beers are in such high demand and bottle sales are rising.

“We’ve now got 860 casks in rotation around the trade, which is a job in itself to keep tabs on,” says Julia. “It’s a huge investment which limits expansion in other areas.”

In keeping with the craft keg beer “revolution”, Tyne Bank’s keg and bottled production has risen from 5% of production last year to getting on for 20% during 2014. But cask ale remains the company’s bread and butter. The Beer House Pub & Kitchen at Newcastle Airport (airside) is going great guns, thanks to the likes of Tyne Bank Silver Dollar (4.9% abv) and Dark Brown Ale (4.2% abv). Other core beers include Monument (4.1% abv), Single Blonde (3.5% abv) and Pacifica (4.0% abv).

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The Tyne Bank crew (now four of them) enjoy presenting their beers at farmers’ markets and food fairs, while polypins – or “bags in boxes” – filled with any of the core range are available for takeaway, so customers can enjoy great beer, cask fresh, with no wastage. Gift packs, branded glasses and hand-printed t-shirts are also available.

The Beer
Unfiltered expressions keep the interest high while a recent collaboration with BrewDog staff saw Amba Necta (6.5% abv) go down well in the Newcastle pub. Beers such as Northern Porter (4.5% abv) and Dunkelweizen (5.0% abv) also allow brewers and customers the opportunity to extend their repertoires.

More Beer
Mocha Milk Stout (6.0% abv) is a gorgeous serving of coffee flavours that make it a perfect dessert beer. A special online vote was organised as to what the 2014 Christmas beer would be – Chocolate Lime Stout (5.4% abv) or Orange and Ginger Pale Ale (4.4% abv). Best go to the pub and find out the winner!

Overview
Tyne Bank Brewery, Hawick Industrial Estate, Newcastle NE6 XX. Tel: 0191 265 2828 (www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk).
Tyne Bank Brewery was established in 2011 by Julia Austin, a keen home-brewer. She took over the former Hadrian Border Brewery site and equipment with the first pint sold at the Free Trade Inn on June 23 2011.


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