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Published on July 10th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Power to the real people

The North East was cut off from former chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse which aimed to unite Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds into a significant force – or more honestly, a sop to people who don’t vote Conservative. But Osborne and his cronies were (and are) so out of touch that they think… sorry, off one.

Anyway, beer folks operate on a different plane, so a proper Northern Powerhouse of collaborations was instigated last year by Wylam Brewery and involving the likes of Northern Monk (Leeds), Cloudwater (Manchester), Track (Manchester) and North Brewing (Leeds) to stick two fingers up… sorry, off on another one.

Best of all, the 2019 incarnation involves Gateshead venue By The River Brew Co and celebrates the mighty Hartlepool in the shape of Donzoko Brewing with a Bavarian Pilsner that had the Cheers samplers undecided whether they were tasting over-ripe pineapple or muddy farmyard boots – in a good way, though. Superb beer.

The 2019 Northern Powerhouse limited-edition is:

001 Small IPA: Track x Northern Monk, 3.3% abv

002 Triple Fruit Gose: North Brew Co x Northern Monk, 4.0% abv

003 Bavarian Pilsner: Donzoko x Northern Monk, 4.7% abv

004 Tropical Sour IPA: Wylam x Northern Monk, 6.0% abv

005 West Coast IPA: Buxton x Northern Monk, 7.4% abv

006 DDH DIPA: Cloudwater x Northern Monk, 8.2% abv

007 Imperial Maple Brown: By The River Brew Co x Northern Monk, 10.0% abv.

The limited edition packs are out in the trade now. The Cheers team bonded over 007. But that’s going off on another one…


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