Beer Archive

 

We've brewed many different beers since we started in 1994. Here you can browse through some of our past beers, enjoyed by many but sadly no longer available.

The Beer

 

Brown Man of the Muirs 4.5%abv

Malty deep amber/brown ale with light nutty hints and gentle tones of chocolaty caramel.  This lovely full bodied ale is a great cold day beer, a very easy drinking winter warmer.  Features Pilgrim and fuggles hops.

 

The Legend

 

According to Legend, in the moors surrounding the village of Elsdon, lives the Brown Man of the Muirs. A man of dwarven statue dressed in brown, with bright red hair, and a ferocious glare. He is said to be a guardian of the moors and protector of the wild beasties who live there, punishing those who hunt or harm them.

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Image designed by Shelby Crockett. 

The Beer

 

The Hedley Kow 3.9%abv

Straw coloured saison style wheat beer. Light and dry with gentle citrus and floral hints of orange and coriander. Expect a light haze typical of this style.

 

The Legend

 

The Hedley Kow is a mischievous goblin (or Bragg in the Northeast) from the Hedley area of Northumberland. A cheeky little trickster with shape-shifting ability used for devilment and the befuddlement of others solely for its own merriment.

The Beer

 

Cheviot Troll 4.4%abv

rich golden ale featuring Wai-iti, El-dorado and lemondrop amongst its hop load.  A gentle bitterness and full body leave this springtime chop smacking beer lingering on the pallet until the next visit to the glass. Enjoy.

 

The Legend

 

These small, nasty and gnarly little critters are a malicious form of hill troll.  Closely related to the Simonside Trolls, they specialise in causing trouble for the weary traveller often to a terminal end.  Sometimes known as Duergars, Old Norse for dwarf, they can be found in folk stories running back down through the ages.

The Beer

 

Hobthrush 4%abv

Full bodied gently hopped pale ale, smooth and balanced with a lingering hop after tone.

 

The Legend

 

Not all creatures and spirits of Northumbria are frightening or villainous. The Hobthrush is a helpful spirit that comes down to the farmlands at night to perform menial tasks for the human farmers. They’re very diligent workers, however seek no payment for their efforts. Leave a gift of appreciation and you’ll never see the Hobthrush again!

The Beer

 

Brinkburn Fairies 4.3%abv

A well hopped rich amber ale.

 

The Legend

 

In the vicinity of Brinkburn Priory, under a grassy mound, you'll find a burial gound like no other. Lifeless, the tiny fairies find peace at this their final resting place, covered by the blooming flowers they once drifted between.

The Beer

 

Portobello Brag 4.0%abv

deep golden to light amber ale is ideal for the late summer tipple. A gentle bitterness and light yet assertive hop finish lead to an easy drinking and full bodied beer. Citra and the lovely Lemondrop hop are the main feature in this brew so look out for fresh lemon and light tropical tones floating through on the finish. 

 

The Legend

 

Be cautious of the donkeys and horses around Birtley area. It may well be a mischievous Goblin looking to play a sly trick on unsuspecting riders. Once mounted, the Portobello Brag charges at speed, throwing it's victim off into a bog or thorny bush, before running away snickering to itself.

The Beer

 

Northumbrian Redcap 4.0%abv

Light amber in colour with hints of the forest and autumn fruits from the Belma and Admiral hops. A clean yet cheeky brew.

 

The Legend

 

Inhabiting old castles and forts of Northumberland, the Redcap is a hideous creature with long, talon like fingers with which he grips a pikestaff. Don't try to take refuge in his lair as he will throw huge stones your way, and if that leads to an unfortunate death, then he'll soak his cap in your blood. However, there could be some hope by repeating words of scripture!

The Beer

 

Cutty Soams 4.6%abv

Devilishly dark and stouty in appearance,  with hints of plum and raisin.

 

The Legend

 

Deep down in the dark of the coal mines roams a tricky soul named "Cutty Soams". He delights in cutting the ropes that attach the young putters to the coal tubs. Many believe he is the spirit of a worker killed in the mines come to warn others of the impending death they face.

The Beer

 

Grýla 4.5%abv

Copper coloured ale for the winter season. Flavours of caramel and cinder toffee alongside notes of autumnal fruits and festive spices. A pleasant bitterness and smooth finish. A festive end to the Folklore series.

 

The Legend

 

Going slightly further North (well, a lot further!) in the mountains of Iceland, lives a hideous giantess named Grýla. Throughout the year she watches eagerly for misbehaving children, and then as Christmas approaches she comes down from the mountains to hunt them down and devour them in a bubbling stew. Be good now children!

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