Blackie Boy pub to be restored and rebranded as part of NE1’s regeneration of Newcastle’s Bigg Market
Cheers North East
by Cheers North East
2y ago
NE1’s transformation of Newcastle’s historic Bigg Market will continue this summer with an eighth building set to be restored following the dramatic changes in the area brought about by the redevelopment of the public realm. The team at NE1 is continuing its work with property owners to restore some of the many historic and listed properties in the area. The eighth building to receive grant funding will be the Blackie Boy pub, which is owned and operated by the Vaulkhard Group. The pub is thought to be one of the oldest in Newcastle and has been at the heart of the Bigg Market for centuries. W ..read more
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New Cumbrian brewery emerges from tough times
Cheers North East
by Cheers North East
3y ago
An award-winning team of four has reunited to launch Lakes Brew Co. Co-founders Matt Clarke, Michelle Gay, Steve Ricketts and Paul Sheldon, formerly employed by Hawkshead Brewery at Staveley, will be focusing on the local and thriving independent beer scene. Michelle says the team is looking forward to developing a progressive and sociably innovative brewery in line with their own ethos and attitudes: “This opportunity has come out of adversity. What most people would regard as a disaster – when we lost our jobs – means we can now build something fresh and new.” The new brewery will be in the ..read more
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Black Sheep launches Best Bitter in bottles for the first time
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by Cheers North East
3y ago
Black Sheep Brewery has launched its iconic Black Sheep Best Bitter in bottle for the first time as a limited edition offering. The Masham-based brewery has launched a 5,000-bottle run of its Best Bitter, which is available exclusively from its online store and its Brew to Ewe delivery service. First brewed in 1992, Black Sheep Best Bitter has become one of the UK’s best-selling session cask ales. However, this is the first time in almost 30 years that the 3.8% ABV beer will be available in a bottle. With its distinctive Yorkshire character, Black Sheep Best Bitter is brewed with Challeng ..read more
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New book celebrates 50 years of CAMRA campaigning
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by Cheers North East
3y ago
Beer lovers can immerse themselves in a new biography of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) as the campaigning organisation celebrates its 50th anniversary. 50 Years of CAMRA, by beer writer Laura Hadland, contains first-hand accounts from members and industry professionals, detailing the highs and lows of one of the world’s most successful consumer organisations. It is now available for pre-orders with copies officially available on CAMRA’s birthday, March 16. The book tells the living history of one of t ..read more
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The Twice Brewed Brew House boxes clever with Valentine’s Day treat
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by Alastair Gilmour
3y ago
The Twice Brewed Brew House, close to Sycamore Gap in Northumberland, has created a Valentine’s Day Beer Box to help couples celebrate February 14 at home. Perfect for couples who share a passion for award-winning ales, the Valentine’s variation of The Twice Brewed’s popular Pub In A Box contains: 2 x Bespoke labelled Valentine’s Pale Ales 6 x Beers (a mix of the Brew House’s best bottles and cans) 1 x Box of chocolates 1 x Scented candle 1 x Packet of Love Hearts 1 x Valentine’s Quiz 2 x Beer mats Pre-orders for the Valentine’s Beer Box, which is priced at £30, are being taken via The ..read more
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Rooster’s Oliver Fozard wins Brewer of the Year award
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by Alastair Gilmour
3y ago
The head brewer of North Yorkshire-based Rooster’s Brewing Co is celebrating after winning Brewer of the Year at the Guild of Beer Writers’ Annual Awards, which took place as a Zoom event in December. Oliver Fozard, of Harrogate-based Rooster’s, said: “To be considered and even shortlisted for Brewer of the Year, alongside such an eclectic group of talented people, was reward enough for what has been such a challenging year for me personally, for Rooster’s and the brewing industry, but to be recognised by a some of the most knowledgeable and revered writers in our industry ..read more
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Farewell to Cheers editor Alastair Gilmour
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by Alastair Gilmour
3y ago
After 10 years leading the North East’s only dedicated pub and brewing magazine, Alastair Gilmour has stepped down as editor of Cheers North East. Alastair, an award-winning journalist and founding member of the Cheers team, will be pursuing other interests having edited 98 editions of the magazine. He said: “After a fabulous 10-year ride, it’s time to step aside in order to pursue other interests. My heartfelt thanks go to the magazine’s brilliant and loyal supporters, and I wish the great Cheers team a prosperous future.” Cheers publisher Gary Ramsay added: “Under Alastai ..read more
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LONG DISTANCE INFORMATION
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by Alastair Gilmour
3y ago
In the July/August issue of Cheers, poet/singer/songwriter Simma shared his admiration for one of his heroes. Sadly, Charlie Harcourt, one of the North East’s most talented and prolific musicians who played with some of the world’s best, passed away on July 27 2020. We feel that reproducing this lovely piece is a fine and fitting tribute to him. Simma writes: The first time I met Charlie Harcourt was… years ago. I was supporting The Junco Partners, the band he’d been in, on and off, since the Sixties. “I’m Charlie,” he said. “I know who you are,” I replied, approximating the tone of a fifteen ..read more
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Spirit of adventure
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by Alastair Gilmour
4y ago
The current stalling of the beer and brewing industry might mean that things have gone quiet, but for many people, it’s a time to think, reorganise and plan. For example, are you or anybody you know thinking about distilling commercially? If you’ve given it even a moment’s consideration, a new online introductory course from Sunderland-based Brewlab is a great place to start. At only £60 for the day it covers the basics of the distillation process, the ingredients, recipes and equipment required. It also includes tutorial support with question-and-answer opportunities and feedback on technical ..read more
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Beer for hot springs and long summers
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by Alastair Gilmour
4y ago
To Øl  Gose To Hollywood (3.8% abv). Gose Ale – a tart thirst-quencher brewed with oranges developing a fruit sweet mouthful and long citrus finish. Denmark’s acclaimed To Øl beer brand has rolled out nationally in Marks & Spencer, starting with its highly-acclaimed Gose to Hollywood. The craft beer has helped To Øl establish itself as a regular fixture in the RateBeer Top 40 end-of-year polls so it’s a prodigious moment for To Øl. The perfect balanced summer drink and an accessible gateway beer for those entering into the world of craft, Gose To Hollywood pours with a defin ..read more
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