Published on April 25th, 2020 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Craft brewers of the North East unite
“United We Stand” is the message from a collection of the North East’s top craft breweries who are combining forces to create the Northern Stronghold and are asking the region’s beer lovers to sign up.
Started by Newcastle’s Full Circle Brew Co, the Northern Stronghold has been set up to provide support for its brewery partners through collaborative production and distribution to at-home beer fans. The new alliance will create a one-off collaboration pack available exclusively to craft beer lovers who join the Northern Stronghold through membership.
The collaboration pack of beers will be called the Northern Stronghold Series. The idea is to lift spirits – of both beer drinkers and brewers – during lockdown and ensure our region’s breweries survive through the current restrictions.
Breweries already involved include Full Circle Brew Co, Anarchy Brew Co, Almasty Brew Co, Northern Alchemy, Flash House, Errant, Allendale, Two by Two, Tooth and Claw, Steam Machine, S43, First and Last, Donzoko with more to be announced.
The Northern Stronghold Series of collaborative beers will include cans with designs from local artists. Craft beer fans can get involved through signing up via the website www.northernstronghold.co.uk where they will be able to purchase packs of the Northern Stronghold Series limited-edition beers. Once the pack is available they will be delivered contact-free to doors around the country via Northern Stronghold’s distribution service.
Ben Cleary of Full Circle Brew Co said: “None of us know how long these movement restrictions will be in place or how we’ll be affected, both personally and economically. We’re all in this together so let’s get through it together.
“Through working together on the new Northern Stronghold, the region’s breweries are creating an opportunity to create something positive. By joining forces, we become stronger and we create a legacy that will make sure each of our businesses not only survive but thrive coming out of this crisis.”