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Canny Bevvy 243

Issue 243 of Canny Bevvy spring 2018


TOWN MOUSE, St Mary’s Place, Newcastle Has won the prestigious CAMRA Tyneside Pub of the Year 2018 award. A fantastic achievement considering it only opened in February 2017. This is the first time in the branch that a new venue has scooped the coveted title. It is also the first time a micropub has won this award. Out of the four winners in the branch area, three are micropubs, the other two being The Curfew in Berwick and The Office in Morpeth (for full details of all the winners see pages 16 & 17). The owners, Jon Sibley and his partner Sophie Lumley met in 2015, when they both worked for Northumbria University. Jon left to devote his time to his new venture. He is a keen home brewer and beer enthusiast who always dreamt of one day having his own traditional ale house. Sophie thought of the name for the micropub after reading the Beatrix Potter story Johnny Townmouse. The basement premises was a former coffee shop. The micropub is extremely dog friendly. As well as selling ‘Doggy Beer’ it offers free ‘Doggy Snacks’. There are 4 handpumps serving cask ales from local and national micro-breweries and 3 craft keg dispensers. Jon intends to increase the number of handpumps to 6 and install 2 more craft keg dispensers. The micropub celebrated one year in business by holding an extended birthday party, starting on 22nd February. Jon had 4 beers especially brewed for the occasion by local micro-breweries. Stu Brew ‘9:00 AM Lecture’ @ 4.2% ABV, a coffee and vanilla milk stout. Flash House ‘Buggin’ Out’ @ 5.5% ABV, a New England pale ale. Errant ‘Fight Milk Chilli Milkshake’ @ 4.2% ABV and Almasty ‘Fruit Salad Sour’ @ 5.0% ABV, a raspberry and pineapple keg beer. Congratulations Jon and Sophie, this award is well deserved. THE DYVELS INN, Station Road, Corbridge Has reopened following the floods caused by Storm Desmond. The new owner, Leanne Muirhead, former area manager for local pubco Proud Inns Ltd., took over the pub in October 2017. She has had great local support from the neighbouring Tynedale Rugby Club and The Valley, Indian restaurant. Leanne plans to upgrade the beer garden and use the terrace area for outdoor entertainment. This popular pub is ideally situated for rail travellers living in or visiting the town. YARD HOUSE, 27 - 31 Percy Park Road, Tynemouth This new off licence specialising in craft beer has opened in the rear office of a Post Office. The owner Andrew Philips has run Priory News in Tynemouth since 2004. The postmaster from the Post Office across the road from his shop retired and Andrew took it over. So he now runs a newsagents incorporating a post office and an off licence, all on the same premises. Peter Carr is Andrew’s business partner, shop manager and co-creator of the Yard House. Together they have created an off licence selling national and international beers in bottles and cans, as well as craft keg beers dispensed on tap in the tap room. The Yard House is open Monday to Friday 11.00am - 7.00pm and Sunday 9.00am - 1.00pm. ALPHABETTI THEATRE BAR, St James’ Boulevard, Newcastle Founded by Ali Pritchard in 2012. The theatre was previously situated in The Basement, Newbridge Street West, Newcastle, next to the entrance for the NCP car park. More importantly, it was at the rear of the now demolished Odeon Cinema. It was due to this fact that the theatre needed to move to a new venue. The new premises was formally a motorbike accessories shop. The theatre bar interior is in an ‘Industrial Shabby Chic’ style, with non-matching furniture including odd tables and chairs. The bar is made from chipboard, with scaffolding planks for the bar top. The bookshelves from scaffolding poles and planks. There are painted brick walls, exposed pipe-work and the backs of the front doors double as a blackboard. In the corner of the room is a life-size cardboard horse, recently donated to the theatre by a man named Pete. The toilets have swinging saloon doors (as seen in Westerns). The male toilets have cut-down metal casks used as urinal stalls and hand basins. Behind the bar is a `Ship’s Bell`, which is rung every night at closing time. The bell was a gift from Ali’s family when he opened his new venue. There are 2 handpumps serving real ale from local micro-breweries and a craft keg dispenser. The bar is dog friendly, ask Rex, Ali’s dog. There is a large selection of previously owned books, which can be bought or you can read them. You can also swop them. There are various board games and a dartboard. Opening hours are Tuesday to Thursday 11.00am - 11.00pm, Friday and Saturday 11.00am - Midnight. Closed Sunday and Monday. The branch would like to thank the following pubs who have hosted CAMRA meetings free of charge since the last issue. The Bridge Hotel (Newcastle), Town Mouse (Newcastle), Gosforth Hotel (Gosforth) and Old George (Newcastle). If your pub or club would like to host a meeting free of charge, please contact Murray Owen, Social Secretary at BLACK STORM BREWERY, a new brewery that was only inspired by the local landscape, The Cheviot, Black Hag and founded in December 2017 by Paul Hughes. At present his Panorama. Lord Joicey, of Ford and Etal Estates is delighted beers are being contract brewed by Hadrian Border Brewery that the enthusiastic trio are doing this and wishes them in Newburn. He has a core range of four traditional beers. A every success in their new venture. blonde ale @ 4.0% ABV, a golden ale @ 4.3% ABV, a porter @ HEXHAMSHIRE BREWERY, Northumberland’s oldest 5.2% ABV and an IPA @ 5.5% ABV. The brewery recently had brewery celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The 5 barrel it’s first pop-up bar in a former cafe in Whitley Bay. Due to its plant brewery is run by Mark Booker, who took over when his success there were two more in February and another one is father Geoff died in 2015. The brewery has recently relocated planned for Easter. Paul intends to make it permanent in the to the rear of the family owned Dipton Mill Inn. The brewery’s future. His long-term plan is to have his own brewery, but at former home was in a farm building. All the brewery’s beers the moment he is happy the way things are going. are sold at the Dipton Mill Inn (see pages 5 and 9). CHEVIOT BREWERY, a new real ale micro-brewery is due to MONTAGU ESTATE CRAFT BREWERY, is another new open in Slainsfield, near Etal, Northumberland in Spring. The brewery, started by Ken Oliver in the garage of his home new brewery will be in former North Northumberland Hunt in Montagu Estate, Newcastle. The brewery was officially kennels on the Ford and Etal Estates, which had been empty launched in February, with a tap takeover at the Free Trade for a while. Brewery founders, Peter Nash, Jonathan Hodgson Inn, Byker. Ken brews his beers on a kit he designed and built and Neil Baker have chosen names for their beers that were himself. He currently brews 6 core range cask ales. 6 Issue 243 • Spring 2018

CAMRA Festivals Darlington: 8th - 10th March Newcastle: 11th - 14th April Leeds: 7th - 9th June Glasgow: 21st - 23rd June Edinburgh: 5th - 7th July Great British Beer Festival (GBBF): 7th - 11th August BEER FESTIVALS We recommend you confirm all dates before you travel. Non CAMRA Festivals Morpeth RFC: 20th - 21st April Gateshead RFC: 4th - 6th May The Curfew, Berwick upon Tweed: 4th - 6th May Earsdon& Wellfield Community Association: 27th May Keswick: 1st - 2nd June Tynedale: 14th - 16th June 2nd National Woodfest (SPBW) The Exchange, North Shields: 5th - 7th July Issue 243 • Spring 2018 7

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