Firebrick Brewery is a small independent craft brewery. It employs six local staff, is a member of the Society on Independent Brewers, and is SALSA approved.

FIREBRICK is the epitome of a good craft brewery and currently produces fourteen beer brands. Four of these brands are linked to the seasons and make its Mystical Range; the other eight belong to its Heritage Range which is inspired by the history of Blaydon and the North East of England. Cask - All Firebrick beer brands are available in cask. Ten are available at any one time (six core beers and four seasonal or occasional beers), so good ale pubs from North Yorkshire to the Scottish Borders are able to keep their selection varied. Keg - Four of our beer brands are available in Keg (Stella Spark, Tyne 9, Toon Broon, Wey Aye P.A.). Bottle - All are available in bottle, although for the Mystical range, only when in season, except Pagan Queen (Spring) which is now permanently available due to demand.

GIUSEPPE GLUTEN FREE – 4.3% ABV GLUTEN FREE LAGER

“Giuseppe Gluten Free” is a continental style lager which, in its name-sakes style, frees gluten intolerants everywhere from the despotic clutches of stomach cramps and the misery associated with normal barley and wheat based beers. Giuseppe Garibaldi the great popular hero of Italian Unification was already a living legend when he arrived in South Shields on 21st March 1854. An…

HISTORY OF THE BREWERY AND ITS BEERS

Firebrick Brewery Ltd. is on Cowen Road, which is named after Joseph Cowen Junior, MP for Newcastle in the late 19th Century; he was quite a character and a global political figure in his time. His father Joseph Cowen Senior was also an MP and was knighted for his work on the Tyne Commission, improving that river for industrial shipping.…

STELLA SPARK – 4.4% ABV CITRUS BLONDE BEER

Stella Spark uses some of the best hops in the world from the American West Coast and combines them with light malts to create a very refreshing citrusy blonde beer of medium strength. Ideal for any time of year but recommended throughout the British Summer to generate a spark of energy when the sun hides. Stella Power Station (south) was…

TORMIT HEED – 4.9% ABV AGREEABLE AUTUMN ALE

Tormit Heed pump clip

Tormit Heed pump clip

Tormit Heed is a special edition autumn beer.
“Tormit” is 19th century northern dialect and old Geordie for turnip. Tormit Heed or turnip head is meant to conjure up, images of autumn evenings, warm fires and the excitement of making turnip lanterns at Halloween. As turnip lanterns are written about from late 18th century onwards in Ireland, Scotland, England and the USA I’m sure the term Tormit Heed would have been used in Blaydon in the 1800s.
The artwork on the pump clip of Tormit Heed is the fantastic Turnip Keepers Lantern by Wylie Beckert who kindly gave me permission to use it on a limited basis for seasonal small cask batches. It tells the tale of Jack O’ Lantern, a sinner and trickster who in life tricked the devil out of claiming his soul. On his death he has sinned too much to go to heaven but hell is closed to him. Destined to wander the world forever in darkness, looking for somewhere to rest his soul; the devil mockingly gives him an everlasting ember of hell to light his way; which is set in a hollowed out turnip. Wylie has given jack a bike to speed him on his search – nice touch!
Tasting notes… toffee and warm maltiness give way to a well rounded clean bittering and spice in a strong dark amber ale.
Original artwork by Wylie Beckert – www.wyliebeckert.com

JOSEPH COWEN (father and son)

Historian William Bourn tells us that the Cowen family moved from Lindisfarne (Holy Island) to Stella on Tyneside, sometime after the reformation and dissolution of the monastries. It seems they probably moved to what they hoped would be a catholic safe haven, in the shelter of the Tempest family of Stella Hall. The Tempests were a devout catholic family who…

Joseph Cowen

MP, Radical & publisher; Joseph Cowen was ahead of his times in 19th Century. A friend of revolutionaries, he fought to abolish slavery and he campaigned for the vote. He angered Gladstone and Queen Victoria was not amused at his rabble rousing -in other words, he was the perfect man to launch the Chronicle. MIKE KELLY reports.   AS founder…

Alistair Lawrence, owner of Firebrick Brewery

Ales mark huge contribution to North industrial heritage

By Michael Brown Newly-formed Firebrick Brewery is commemorating the contribution Sir Joseph Cowen made to Tyneside A new brewery is celebrating a father and son who left a major mark on Tyneside. Between them, Victorian MPs Sir Joseph Cowen and Joseph Cowen Jnr founded the Chronicle, rerouted the Tyne, secretly supported revolutionaries around Europe, fought to abolish slavery and campaigned…