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Canny Bevvy 243

Issue 243 of Canny Bevvy spring 2018


BRANCH DIARY Monday 5th March 7.30pm Beer Festival Meeting Old George, Newcastle Thursday 8th March 7.00pm Bedlington Wander Starts at Box Wood Tap X22 bus at 6.15pm Haymarket, Newcastle Monday 12th March 7.30pm Branch Meeting/Social Schooner, Gateshead Metro to Gateshead Stadium/93 bus at 7.03pm Gateshead Interchange Wednesday 21st March 7.30pm Seaton Sluice Wander Starts at Delaval Arms, Old Hartley 309 bus at 6.37pm Haymarket, Newcastle Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th April 42nd Newcastle Beer & Cider Festival Northumbria University, Students Union Newcastle Thursday 19th April 7.00pm Branch Social Tyne Bank Brewery, Ouseburn Q3 bus at 6.50pm Eldon Square, Newcastle Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd April CAMRA Members’ Weekend & AGM 2018 University of Warwick Tuesday 1st May 7.30pm Branch Annual General Meeting Bridge Hotel, Newcastle Wednesday 9th May 7.30pm Beer Festival Feedback Meeting Bridge Hotel, Newcastle Tuesday 15th May 7.30pm Branch Meeting Millstone, South Gosforth Metro to South Gosforth Wednesday 23rd May 7.00pm Morpeth Wander Starts at The Offi ce X18 bus at 6.13pm Haymarket, Newcastle Saturday 26th May 1.00pm Regional Meeting The Ship Isis, Sunderland Metro to Sunderland All events are subject to change. Please check Canny Bevvy website for up to date details. All the above events are for CAMRA members and non members. Everyone is welcome. Carl Richie Vocalist & Guitarist Available for all occasions Recently returned from a number of London events. Now available to perform again in the area. @ Some December and January dates still available. Typical Pub gig: 50 mins / 10 mins break / 50 mins Contact Carl now on: 07950463145 e-mail: MADE IN SMALL BATCHES FINEST INGREDIENTS TRUE CASK CONDITIONED Delivered directly and through SIBA DDS in the north and by good wholesalers nationally. • 01434 606 577 Enjoy our beers in our pub, the DIPTON MILL INN with delicious home cooked food – Dipton Mill Road, Hexham NE46 1YA 4 Issue 243 • Spring 2018

BREWERY VISIT HEXHAMSHIRE BREWERY Northumberland’s oldest brewery started brewing 25 years ago, the company originally started as a partnership between a brewer and a pub landlord who wanted to source locally produced beer. The original brewery was up the hill from the landlord’s pub, the Dipton Mill Inn and housed in a farm building that had previously been used for dairy farming. After a few years the partnership split-up and the brewery was run by Dipton Mill’s landlord, Geoff Brooker. Sadly in 2015, Geoff died, he is fondly remembered and missed. The brewery is now run by Geoff’s son Mark and it has relocated into the grounds of the Dipton Mill Inn, a move that had been discussed for many years. Geoff very much took the view that he wanted to concentrate on his core range of beers, ensure that the recipes were perfected and then brewed to consistent standards. Mark is continuing with the core range but is also interested in developing new one-off and seasonal beers. The move took some time to progress as it required infrastructure work with utilities, their rural location needed upgraded electricity supplies. The 5 barrel plant is based in an old outbuilding/garage in the back of the Dipton Mill’s beer garden. There are glass doors so it is possible to see the brewery from the outside. Mark generally brews twice a week, part-time staff help with sales and deliveries. Mark also does the supporting lab work to monitor the yeast, which is done with a microscope on the kitchen table. He continues with his father’s policy of using British hops. Currently, he is working on the creation of a new rye beer, which may well be available at the time of the Newcastle Beer & Cider Festival in April. Mark enjoys his work Hexhamshire supplies beer to a number of pubs throughout Northumberland and Tyneside. Some pubs order through the SIBA direct delivery scheme. Hexhamshire was one of the first breweries to join the scheme when it was first launched. However, the best place to drink Hexhamshire beer is in the Dipton Mill Inn. Generally, Hexhamshire beers are named after local places. The logo, which is of 2 people carrying a barrel is from a Bewick print, most people assume that they are carrying is beer, in fact, the image relates to Hexham’s tanning industry and the content is probably urine. What’s brewing? As Hexhamshire Brewery celebrates its first 25 years, I have a couple of thoughts, I remember when it first started (I got a job in Hexham in 1993) – doesn’t time fly and I look forward to the next 25 years. Martin Ellis Press & Publicity Officer Issue 243 • Spring 2018 5

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