Published on November 9, 2017 | by Alastair Gilmour


Something’s brewing over 132 pages

A new book detailing the life and times of North East breweries is published this month by Offstone Publishing, publishers of Cheers North East. Written by Cheers editor Alastair Gilmour with the majority of the photography by Peter Skelton, The Great North East Brewery Guide covers the region’s beer, breweries and the people involved. Here is a flight of tasters to whet your appetite:

“Stepping into the VIP brewhouse is like stumbling across an old barn somewhere remote and discovering a forgotten, classic Daimler. It takes you by surprise.

VIP is not exactly remote but you’re greeted inside its huge barn door by a collection of lovely honey-brown, timber-clad brewing vessels – one sitting above another.”

“Visitors to Whitley Bay can expect to come across a new species of seagull. And it’s flying out of the town’s first microbrewery.

Seagull Pale Ale (4.2% abv) was commissioned from Whitley Bay Brewing Company by celebrated author Ann Cleeves, creator of the Vera Stanhope detective novels that have also proved extremely popular in their ITV adaptation, Vera. The Seagull is the name of the eighth book in the series and is set in Whitley Bay.”

“When you name your first beer after a song with the lyrics “I’m all right where I am”, it suggests a certain level of brewing confidence. Lady Eleanor Elderflower Pale Ale, the inaugural beer from Beacon Brauhaus “pico-brewery”, was launched in 2016 at the newly-unveiled Lindisfarne Festival, which was appropriate, given that North East folk-rock legends Lindisfarne were on stage at the time and included Alan Hull’s 1971 song in their set.”

*Available from the 35 breweries mentioned and Waterstones bookstores from early December – priced at £15 – it’s a terrific Christmas gift for the beer-lover in your life.

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Alastair Gilmour

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