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Published on July 10th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Progressing by the yard

The cask and keg conundrum has caught up with one County Durham pub and microbrewery. While the Surtees Arms in Ferryhill has its regular cask beer drinkers – particularly enjoying those from the adjoining Yard of Ale Brewery, owners Alan and Susan Hogg have noticed a growing number of customers interested in keg beer only.

Alan says: “We decided we didn’t want to lose business where other breweries could supply both cask and keg versions to our current customers and we’d also like to win business with those outlets that have never dealt with Yard of Ale.

“And so, with some investment and good timing, we installed a new – to us – kegging tank. It’s perfectly suited to our smaller capacity and allows us to control chilling and carbonation in our beers ready for racking into Sankey-coupling 30-litre kegs.

“Our first kegged beer, Arcadia (4.6% abv) is a double-dry-hopped Munich pale with extra additions of West Coast hops really which make for a very tasty beer with loads of tropical citrus notes and a dry finish.”

Future plans from Yard of Ale brewery include special one-offs for outlets that would like their own exclusive beers.


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