On this page we have monthly updates to keep you informed of developments and all our latest gossip! [November/December photograph: Andy Burrows presents cases of bespoke labelled beer to the new Mayor of Newcastle – Jackie Slesenger' (centre), Coast to Coast pump clip (left) and Needles & Pins...AH pump clip (right)].
We are pleased to have brewed the next in our ever popular Charity Beer Series, TRAWLERMAN’S REWARD. A fine dark golden ale,
with a highly hopped finish, and as fresh as a sea breeze!!!
We are giving 5p per pint to the RNLI, and have brewed over 6000 pints of the delicious stuff. Ask your local landlord to order some soon
as its going very well.
This donation will be added to with the proceeds of the Boathouse Wylam’s annual “Gardening Club Tinned Meat and Fish Auction"
on Sunday 5th October. Last year saw proceeds of £250. That coupled with the brewery’s donation from the beer should make a handsome sum.
Thank You Loyal Drinkers.
First of all, thank you for your continued support and enjoyment of our beers. We try to constantly, and consistently,
produce a quality product, for either cask or bottle. And now we have Grainger Ale in keg – phone Clare for details
Your loyal support of our brewery and products is important to us. We try to reward this with service and satisfaction
Spring and Summer Update
Firstly let me apologise for the lack of updates on the site. We have been very busy, but that is no excuse.
We hope to be more proactive in future and give more comprehensive news and updates when they occur.
The beginning of the year – February, March and April - was slower than the last couple of years. We can possibly put this down
to the large number of ‘New Start’ breweries who will have generated a degree of novelty value with their beers. Thankfully, after that,
business, including new outlets for cask and bottle have risen steadily. Indeed, July has proved to be a record month.
We have had a busy time with Music and Beer Festivals. We did Corbridge Music Festival again this year and it was a popular event.
We have been featured in several other regional festivals. Our Northumbrian Gold was featured in a Portsmouth beer festival against a
whole load of other local (North East) breweries, and came out Winner.
Charity Beers and Sponsorship
During the past year we have been sponsoring some local teams. We are proud to support local teams such as Ryton Football Club,
at the Albion in Clara Vale. They also stock our bottled Tyneside Brown and Blonde Ales. We will be sponsoring them again this season.
The Benwell and Walbottle Cricket Club at Walbottle Campus are also into the second year of sponsorship from us.
We have sponsored Corbridge Cricket Club team shirts this year. The First XI has just won the Wilson Cup for 2014, after a
thrilling match. They look resplendent in their victory wearing the club shirts.
We have also started to donate to chosen charities from the proceeds of some of our monthly special ales. This all started over a
year ago with the Newcastle United Supporters Trust. We brewed the popular Black and White Ale at 4.2%, and donated 5p per pint to the
charities the NUST had chosen. We have done this now on several occasions and the TOMA cancer fund and the Northern Credit Union have
received approximately £1000 to date. We will be supporting them again in the same way this November.
Other charities to benefit from this policy have been the Josie’s Dragonfly Children’s Cancer trust, and the Percy Hedley Foundation.
5p per pint might not sound like a great deal of money, but it soon mounts up, together with the sponsorship deals to a good amount for
We will again, be opening the brewery on the Sunday morning of the 17th August, to welcome, and of course refresh, the 100 entrants in
the 4th Tyne Cruise Rock ‘n’ Roll Bike Ride. A welcome free beer is on hand to help these guys who are raising valuable funds for the Daft
as a Brush, and Crohn’s and Colitis UK charities. Good luck to them all. (Insert Bike Picture Here).
Specials for the rest of 2014.
August – The return of Enlightenment 4%. Light in colour but full in body and flavour. A great summer ale.
September – Ouseburn Porter, dark and richly satisfying. At 5.2% this is a classic porter.
October – Trawlerman’s Reward at 4.3%. 5p per pint will go to the RNLI, as one of our Charitable Ale series. A light and golden ale,
as fresh as a sea breeze!!!
November - Black and White Ale at 4.2%. Back by popular demand, straw pale and very refreshing. Again a 5p per pint donation
to the NUST charities.
December – The 12 Hops of Christmas return. A welcome visit for this 4.8% Christmas treat. Proof you can have a great hop
combination with balanced malt flavours, without going over the top.
Tyneside Blonde makes it to Red Square courtesy of our own Jose Guillans involvement in the band Johnny Bach and his Moonshine Boozers,
who played over there in Russia, back in the spring.
We have had an excellent Christmas and New Year, though January did slow up a bit more than was anticipated. This could be partly to do with the recession, or the poor wet weather we cant seem to shake off. But more likely is the fact that scores of small new breweries are popping up everywhere. We have, I am pleased to report, just had our year end and it has proved to be the most success year on record for Hadrian Border Brewery. So thank you our publicans and drinkers alike. Keep up the good work, and we will continue to brew quality, clean and consistent real ales.
Our regular beers are always available, and we have a monthly special – sometimes two – to give you choice. This month see the return of Ouseburn Porter at 5.2%, dark, rich and satisfying. Our bottled beers continue to sell well, and the Spicy Devil is now available in cases of 24 x 330ml. See website for our full range and availability.
Many of our beers are available in some of the more exclusive hotels and restaurants in and around Newcastle. Indeed our multi award winning Grainger Ale is the house beer in the Hotel Indigo’s Marco Pierre – White Steakhouse.
Martin Hammill and Marco Pierre-White at the Steak House
Last year we successfully supported more local events in the form of beer festivals, and in charitable donations of beer and gift packs. We were a bronze sponsor of the Tunnel 2K International wheelchair race and provided one of our delivery vehicles as the support wagon. The Newcastle United Supporters Trust saw two cash donations to their chosen charities, the Toma Fund and Northern Money (an ethical credit union as opposed to the more well known club sponsors). We brewed them a bespoke beer called Black and White Ale at 4.2%. This happened twice and each time we donated 5p per pint to them. It totalled nearly £500. The beer proved very popular selling out quickly both times. We intend doing this again before the end of the season.
Andrea Thompson from Toma Fund, Martin Hammill from Hadrian Border Brewery,
Gavin Hennessey from Northern Money and Michael Thewlis from Newcastle United Supporters' Trust
We supported and set up Shotley Bridge Cricket Club beer festival, the Boathouse, Wylam August beer festival and the Alnwick Round Table festival in September.
Real Ale and Cider tent at the Corbridge Music Festival
The Corbridge Music Festival was a success, and we hope to be doing the beer tent again this year.
One of our employees, Jose Guillan, annually organises a charity bike ride. This year we divert the route to run past the brewery in Newburn where Andy and I served them all with a refreshing glass of beer to help them on their way. This was very much appreciated and enjoyed – it was a booze bike ride anyway!
A refreshing glass of ale for charity bike riders
We are pleased to report that we have had a great summer, we have had products at numerous successful beer festivals around the region, as well as having a real ale and cider bar at the Corbridge music festival in August.
Sales of our cask ales are going from strength to strength and our bottled range now stretches to 8 of our beers.
With products continuing to be sold all around the North East, Edinburgh the Scottish borders and to Durham, York and the Dales in the south. Sales have also continued strong to the Newcastle city centre real ale pubs and similarly in Northumberland and over to Carlisle.
Due to the increased sales Clare joined us in July, with two additional offices built to facilitate this.
We would therefore like to thank you for your continued support both as buyers and drinkers.
October has seen us release 2 specials, firstly an old favourite Rampart, which was an original Border Brewery product from the Berwick days, it is a 4.8% ABV golden bitter with complex hopping this gives the beer a clean refreshing taste, with plenty of character. And for those that dare! The Spicy Devil with an ABV of 6.6%, this is a dark and deeply satisfying wheat beer, spiced with cloves, cinnamon and fresh limes.
In September, once again with our Black and White Ale, we were able, in association with the Newcastle United Supporters Trust able to donate 5p per pint sold to two local charities the Toma Fund and Northern Money an ethical credit union.
Looking forward to Christmas and the launch of our Mid Winter ale, we have brewed a 5% beer which is chestnut brown in colour, the Crystal, Chocolate and Pale malts blend perfectly with Admiral & Palisade hops to give a delicious full bodied tangerine finish, this will be available from late November and through into January.
Finally we hope to update the website news section monthly from now on, so don’t forget to keep checking in.
Andy Burrows describes Secret Kingdom bottled beer at a cheese and ale session in his kitchen...
October proved to be an exceptional month for business with a massive increase from the previous October – and that was not a bad month either! This was due, not only to an increase in trade with new customers, but also we have taken on more business with existing customers too. Thanks if your new to us and thanks if you a loyal longstanding one.
Our 3 new 20 barrel multi purpose tanks are due for delivery at noon on Monday (Dec 3rd), and they come with a 6 barrel conditioning tank too. By multi purpose I mean they can be used as fermentation vessels in the making of the beer, or as conditioning tanks for storage of the finished product before it is filled in to cask. They will be precisely controlled for temperature, as are our current vessels, to ensure the beer is in the finest of condition for your most discerning palates.
November saw us revive an age old custom of presenting some cases of bespoke labelled beer to the new Mayor of Newcastle – Jackie Slesenger. This used to be done in the days of S&N, on brown ale bottles, but we customised some bottles of our ever popular Tyneside Blonde. Andy went down to the publicity photo-shoot last week. The beer has been received very well.
We purchased a load of new nine gallon casks a month or so back and had them properly tagged and marked in our livery. They should help to cope with the upturn in business.
As you will see in our beer range portfolio, we have had to add Coast to Coast at 4.4% abv, and Needles and Pins…Ah! at 4.2%abv to our permanent range for the time being. This was brought about by requests from the public, who we like to listen to, of course, and duly oblige.
This Christmas sees us brewing a radically different festive ale. Its called the 12 Hops of Christmas, and as the name suggests, it contains 12 varieties of hop added at different stages of the boil.
The grain mix (or Grist as it’s known) contains Caramalt and Crystal Rye. This gives the beer a good rich flavour, and a dark golden colour. A great Yuletide tipple. The hops were well researched and I had to go back to the drawing board. The calculator was warm by the time I had finished working out bittering units and alpha acid content (home brewers will know what I mean). Proof you can make a well hopped beer that is still balanced and refreshing in flavour.
Finally, from myself, and all at Hadrian Border Brewery, we would like to wish you all the very Merriest of Christmases and all the very best for 2013. Your continued support through theconsumption of our beers has made this a busy year for us, and we hope you make it even more so next year. Martin Hammill Brewery Manager.
On 14th of the month we were proud sponsor of the 'fastest wheelchair race on the planet' - the Tyne Tunnel 2K International where athletes hit an amazing 45mph!
We celebrated the spirit of the wheechair racers in Paralympic year by creating 'Lionheart Bitter' which is available this month on tap in ale houses in North East England and Southern Scotland. We also provided commemorative bottles of ale for race night which were squirted up into the air at the winners enclosure instead of champagne! And just for good measure we became a 'Silver sponsor' of the event to help with the core costs.
World record holder Canadian Josh Cassidy won the men's race in 4:40.2 and Team GB member Jade Jones from Middlebrough won the women's race in 6.14.9.
Race Director Davd Burdus said, "Hadrian Border's support was a fabulous example of a regional company getting behind the event in difficult times. The cask and bottled 'Lionheart Bitter' was a stroke of genius, helping to raise the profile of the race and going down a storm with organisers, athletes and sponsors alike!"
HB Director Andy Burrows said, "The race was spectacular. The athletes were all super fit. I got to see first hand as I followed behind the racers in one of our vans. It was my job along with Pete Bushell (father of Mickey Bushell, gold medallist T53 100m London Paralympic Games) to rescue athletes in the event of puncture - fortunatley we were not needed!"
See www.tunnel2k.com for further details. Photos to follow soon! Please note that Lionheart Bitter was not consumed at the Tyne Tunnel which is an alcohol free site.
This month, specials available include Ouseburn Porter 5.2% and Needles and Pins which is a 4.2% beer amber in colour, brewed to commemorate the life and times of Norman Weatherburn from the Boathouse, Wylam. A new beer called Coast to Coast 4.4% abv is being made available from w/c 24th Sept. Light amber, fruity but well balanced which should stay on the permanent list.
We have just ordered 3 new fermenting vessels which takes our brewing capacity from 100 barrels per week (28,000 pints) to 160 barrels per week (46,000 pints).
SEPTEMBER Hadrian Border - Proud sponsors of the Tunnel 2K International 2012.
Despite the terrible weather this summer, so far, we are doing very well here at the brewery. The month of May saw the most beer sold in the history of Hadrian Border Brewery. Month on month we seem to exceed the volumes from the same month the year previous.
Our specials beer section has been updated to include some of the more current ales brewed. We have brewed and sold Halve Wit and Geordie Jazz. Currently, Newburn No.1 is back as the special for July. This was the first brew we did on the new brewery plant after our move from Byker. Get some before its gone!
About May time, we decided that due to lack of demand for Gladiator and Centurion, we would drop these from our regular beers portfolio. We have replaced Centurion with Northumbrian Gold on a permanent basis and it is proving to be a success.
We had a slight worry that our best customer for Gladiator would be disappointed – The Crown Posada, where it features as one of the house ales. To this end we talked to Derek and came up with a blended beer called Black Gate Bitter at 4%, exclusively available in that outlet. Reports from the pub last week show that it is selling equally as well as the Gladiator did.
Our bottling range continues to sell well, and is about to expand with the inclusion of Secret Kingdom. Keep your eyes open for it in all the usual bottle outlets which we supply.
June saw the opening of the Hotel Indigo in Newcastle. We were invited to the grand opening on the night of the “great deluge”. A spectacular affair indeed. We were lavishly entertained, and fed. It was good to see the Grainger Ale going well on the night, and it is still selling very well in the bar of the Indigo and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse.
August Bank holiday weekend will see us holding a beer festival over the four day holiday (August 24th – 27th) at the Boathouse in Wylam, and our brewery tap pub in the town, The Kings Manor. Both pubs will feature our ales over the period, with the Boathouse hopefully having our ales on all 14 pumps for the duration. The fabulous Flame Pit Smoke House BBQ will be at the Boathouse on the Saturday and the Sunday.
It is our intention to brew a commemorative beer in memory of Norman Weatherburn, the owner of both who sadly passed away last month. I hope he would have liked it, here’s to you Norman, a great personal friend and a gentleman. I shall try and brew a beer to the style he used to enjoy. Hopefully this will prove to be a great success for ourselves and The Boathouse and Kings Manor.
I’m sure Jay will be providing great service, as ever, and I’m sure there will be the usual Karaoke and bands, together with good grub that accompany these events.
All the very best for the rest of the summer. Happy drinking – of our beers!
Martin Hammill, Brewery Manager, Hadrian Border Brewery.
Max, Andy, Martin and Shona with Adam and George from Hotel Indigo.
Adam welcomes guests to the Hotel Indigo opening.
Colourful stilt walkers liven up the proceedings.
Dancers at the Indigo entertain guests.
Hi all, here's the update for April.
Easter has just passed, and it has been a very busy time indeed. We worked hard at the brewery so you could all “enjoy” your rest (you know what I mean).
Many of you headed to The Boathouse in Wylam where Norman and John hosted a Local Ale Festival. Great it was too, and we were well represented with delights such as Ouseburn Porter, Tyneside Blonde, Farne Island, Reiver IPA and Newcastle Pioneer. The latter two selling out in no time. Customers with great taste!
We are in this year’s Newcastle CAMRA Battle of the Beers, at the University of Northumbria, on Wednesday 18th. Our offering is a 4.6% ABV beer called Grainger Ale. It is light and balanced, with a fine hop and malt taste. Indeed all of the entrants beers will be very light in colour, as the criteria was to brew a single malt ale using only pale ale malt, between 4% and 5%. Maris Otter from Simpsons in our case. Give it a whirl if you get to the festival. We are going to bottle some of this beer, and it will be one of the house brands at the brand new Indigo Hotel in the Newcastle City centre. It is due to open in June with well over 100 rooms, and a Marco Pierre – White steak house. The beer will be available in cask from Thursday 19th, and the bottles will be available to all of our usual outlets, when they are ready.
We placed an advert in the current Viz magazine with a link to our bottle retailer. This has generated some extra business and exposure for us.
Northumbrian Gold 4.5% now available in 500ml bottles - a light golden coloured ale with a biscuit malt flavour countered with floral and aromatic hops.
This months special - is Newcastle Pioneer at 4.2% ABV. A very refreshing bitter, quite highly hopped with Pioneer hops (hence the name). It is a past winner of The North East Battle of the Beers.
All vans - are now resplendent in the company’s livery, including our latest addition – a Ford Transit – and smart they look too.
Brewery equipment - finally, with some final modifications complete, the brewery equipment and the rest of the plant are working very well. Hopefully, you the customer can taste this in the quality ales we produce.