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Published on May 9, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Brewery’s hot spot spot on

You can’t keep a good man down, they say, and it’s certainly true of North East brewer John Taylor. John left The Stables Brewery at Beamish Hall, County Durham at the back end of 2018 and has been working with Firebrick Brewery in Blaydon, Tyne & Wear, while deciding his next move.

With his reputation for brewing great beer, John was not short of an offer or two and along with the owners of the South Causey Inn, near Stanley, County Durham, they are in the process of creating a brewery that will enhance no end the award-winning, family-orientated pub, hotel, restaurant and wedding venue (complete with chapel).

To begin with, the range of traditional English beers – a Blonde, a Brown Ale and a Bitter – will be exclusive to South Causey, with brewing sessions planned for parties and individuals plus bespoke beers created for weddings and special occasions.

The first beer is Hot Spot Blonde, named in honour of the 1962 Bedford TK fire engine that sits in the impressive grounds. The appliance was bought from a collector on the Isle of Wight and actually driven to South Causey.

“I’m really excited about this,” says John. “We’ve got big plans. It all feels right.”

Owners Susan and Phil Moiser are also looking forward to the investment and to working with John – a man never far from great ideas – to enhance the amazing facilities that already exist at the luxury venue.


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