Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Local Ales Lined Up to Win New Fans from near and Far

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Local Ales Lined Up to Win New Fans from near and Far

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Byline: ALASTAIR GILMOUR

ALLENDALE Beacon Fire makes the crossing from Chilli Festival to Beer Festival at the Stephenson Building, Forth Street, Newcastle, tomorrow.

The innovative beer, flavoured with chillies, is one of two dozen local ales primed for the "local is local" festival that will reinforce the region's reputation as a first-class cask-conditioned beer producer.

"It's what the EAT! Festival is all about," says Matt Boyle, business development manager at Wylam Brewery and festival co-ordinator.

"It's designed to appeal to everyone, not just real ale aficionados.

s "It's a showcase for the region, so we're bringing beers along from the Tyne Valley corridor, from Jarrow, Mordue, Hadrian & Border, Big Lamp, High House Farm, Wylam, Hexhamshire and up to Allendale."

Although entry to the Chilli Festival is free, the Beer Festival costs pounds 3.50 and runs along traditional beer festival lines - tokens can be bought and redeemed for beer.

The Stephenson Building is part of Newcastle's latest redevelopment plans, the Stephenson Quarter, rich in the city's industrial heritage.

Proposals for the semi-derelict site behind Central Station include offices, studios, shops, apartments, hotel and public spaces.

The Grade II-listed Stephenson building is the former drawing offices of railway and engineering pioneer Robert Stephenson.

The Hawthorn engineering works also occupied the site from the early 19th century EAT! Beer Festival ales will include: Allendale: Beacon Fire, Golden Plover. High House Farm: Sundancer, Nel's Best.

Wylam: Gold Tankard, Locomotion, Bohemia.

Hexhamshire: Lightside, Devil's Water. Jarrow: Rivet Catcher, Jarrow Slake, Jobling's Swinging Gibbet.

Mordue: Workie Ticket, IPA, Lionheart.

Hadrian & Border: Adder's Bite, Byker Wit.

Big Lamp: Roon Ale, Sunny Daze, Prince Bishop Ale.

As a neat little chaser, the Newcastle Whisky Festival also opens tomorrow at the Civic Centre (noon) with a significant and broad range of producers and styles on show.

A series of masterclasses will complement the likes of Amrut Indian whisky, Old Pultney, Tullibardine and a selection of Campbeltown whiskies. …

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