Published on September 3rd, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Not just any porter in a storm
A County Durham-based brewery has been presented with two Great Taste awards º one for a core range beer and another for a seasonal offering. This demonstrates that Black Storm Brewery – recently relocated to Pelton Fell, near Chester le Street, is highly regarded right across its portfolio.
Indeed, Black Storm Porter (5.3% abv) was named the UK’s best porter at the 2018 World Beer Awards.
Porter and Tropical Storm (4.2% abv) gained two Great Taste stars which are granted for products “above and beyond delicious”. Judges’ comments include: “The flavour delivered the anticipated hoppy bitterness, with plenty of the vanilla, chocolate and nutty notes to follow, giving this a really lovely depth of flavour. The judges loved the length of finish, and it just kept on giving, with a really lovely rounded, chunky texture.”
Tropical Storm – and extra pale ale – is one of the six beers in Black Storm’s innovative seasonal range available only for part of the year, and is due to be brewed again later in the autumn.
Judges’ notes describe it as: “A pale straw coloured beer with some haze. Sweet orange/mango on the nose provides an enticing hoppy aroma that hooks you in. Juicy citrus on the palate then a little sweetness of tangerine coming through then a dry bitterness at the back of the mouth. One judge said he could drink it all day.”
Black Storm also operates two craft beer bars – Storm Cellar in Whitley Bay and Drop Everything And Drink on High Bridge in central Newcastle. In addition, the company owns craft beer store Beer Box, one of which is in Newcastle’s Stack development and the other – recently opened – in Manchester as part of the Hatch social and shopping hub.
Black Storm Porter is also proving popular with chefs with Eyemouth’s Jarvis Pickle enterprise using it in one of its premier pies. The beer will feature alongside three other Black Storm styles in a Christmas hamper this year which will be available nationally.