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Published on November 5th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Busy time for storm chasers

A North East brewery with its headquarters in Whitley Bay and its brewhouse near Chester le Street has stormed through a competition to find the country’s most attractive can. Black Storm has been awarded Label of the Year 2019 by the Labologists Society in its “set of labels” category.

The winning seasonal range comprises of Fire Storm, Thunder Storm, Snow Storm, Tropical Storm, Summer Storm and Hurricane which have been released throughout the year working in collaboration with other breweries and illustrators across the UK in a project called 12 Beers in 12 Months – a unique beer for each month. Snow Storm is about to hit the shelves, while Tropical Storm was also a winner at the 2019 Great Taste Awards with its eye-catching artwork designed by creative partner Wonderstuff.

Each beer is a creative one-off, launched as limited editions, with 500 cans and a select amount of kegs, with the proviso that when they’re gone, they’re gone.  

All have been available in Black Storm’s Storm Cellar tap room and bottle shop in Whitley Bay, plus their retail craft beer emporium Beer Box in the Stack social hub in the centre of Newcastle. 

The latest collaboration beer Expression of the Emotions in Banana (5.4% abv) has been brewed in conjunction with Darwin Brewery in Sunderland. A banana and cinnamon wheat beer, it is brewed with Marris Otter and wheat malt. The can is expertly illustrated by Dan Griffin Hayes.

Earlier this year, Black Storm took over Seaham-based gluten-free beer producer Autumn Brewing Co, but following much debate, the Autumn brand has ceased and renamed Black Storm Gluten Free. A core range of Pale Ale, Porter and Pilsner is being made available in 500ml bottles just before Christmas.


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