Our Heritage Range Beers
Firebrick Brewery beers are themed to reflect the heritage of Blaydon on Tyne near Gateshead and Newcastle, in the North East of England.
3.9% ABV black cask lager
A smooth drink, background pilsner maltiness and a hint of coffee are balanced by restrained resinous hopping.
Tyne 9® is best served in its presentation glass to deliver a black and white beer sensation, and allow the drinker to celebrate the football heritage and theatre; from Gallagher and Milburn to Shearer and on to present day; of the magnificent Newcastle United Strikers' shirt and number.
4.4% ABV nz hOPPED aMBER PALE aLE
Our label shows a Thames Barge used extensively for shipping goods, including Firerbricks, between the Rivers Tyne and Thames, in the 19C. From these ports, goods were transported around the world. Maybe some Firebricks even reached New Zealand! Today we can certainly get exotic hops from NZ to Newcastle, and have used plenty in the making of Trade Star, our tribute to the great days of trade on the Tyne.
Two varieties of New Zealand hops are added at intervals very late during the brewing of this amber pale ale to produce big flavours of tropical fruit, lemon, lime, and spice.
4.2% ABV a newcastle brown aLE
Firebrick Brewery in Blaydon is 400yds from the Tyne and under 5 miles from the centre of Newcastle. The label shows the old suspension "Chainbridge" from Chainbridge Road in Blaydon to Scotswood Road in Newcastle, opened in 1831 and mentioned specifically in the famous Newcastle Anthem "Blaydon Races"; eventually it was considered a bottle neck for traffic, and sadly, demolished in 1967 and replaced by Scotswood Road Bridge.
This Newcastle brown ale is made to match the expectations of its local customers, it is a deep amber beer and its slight malty sweetness and nutty liquorice combine with light tannin for that traditional brown ale bite.
4.5% ABV a rich and worthy best bitter
It seemed correct to name our Best Bitter "Elder Statesman", after 19th Century MP Sir Joseph Cowen Snr. Founder of the brickworks that gave our brewery its name; he was knighted for his work on the Tyne Commission, straightening and dredging that river, allowing shipping and industry to flourish in the area.
A substantial best bitter, dark amber in colour; generous hopping balances rich malt, giving malt biscuit, and orange fruit in the taste; orange blossom and spice on the nose.
3.8% ABV golden session beer
Blaydon Brick" was the "nick-name" for the popular cloth capped 19th century MP for Newcastle, Joseph Cowen Jnr. A son of Blaydon; he was a friend to Garibaldi, Mazzini, the working man, and anyone at that time whose rights were suppressed!
A well rounded golden ale; toffee and fresh hop on the nose; biscuity with some spice in the taste and very refreshing.
4.4% citrus hopped blonde beer
Stella Power Station (south) was built on the former Estate of Stella Hall the birthplace of Joseph Cowen Jnr which was also on the route of the famous Blaydon Races. It was modern and efficient in its time using the very best of world leading technology and construction from local companies C.A. Parsons, A Reyrolle & Co. and Clark Chapmans.
Such heritage and the amalgamation of world beating technology to ensure a supply of light and power to the region was inspirational in our brewing of STELLA SPARK , a bright and zest filled beer.
Stella Spark uses large amounts of some of the best hops in the world from the American West Coast and combines them late in the process with light malts to create a very refreshing golden citrus beer.
5.8% ABV USA hopped IPA
Can there be anything more enjoyable and life affirming than hearing WEY-AYE, it's more than "yes" it embraces "of course" it states complete support. It can be a response to an offer of a cup of tea or to a motion to proceed with a million pound development project; it can even be said alone, to boost spirits at any stage when constructing flat pack furniture. It definitely applies to the concept of introducing an IPA to the Firebrick line up.
In our picture, the seahorse "haurient" (check your heraldry!) is flanked by hops; seahorses appeared as "supporters" on the Newcastle City coat of arms in 1575 and subsequently on the NUFC badge, they denote Newcastle as a sea port. Hops are the main focus of an IPA, India Pale Ales were heavily hopped to either preserve the beer or disquise the souring after an extended journey by sea. So we have woven into one, the themes of hops, seahorses, and that wonderful Newcastle assertiveness in our WEY-AYE P.A.
Our elegant IPA benefits from late additions of Cascade and Centennial hops, the grain bill is enhanced with a light touch of Munich malt.
3.9% ABV refreshing black beer
"Coalface" is a modern take on the Milds that washed coal dust from the throats of miners for generations.
A bit of a rarity being a dark session beer at only 3.9% ABV, Coalface has a delicate blackcurrant taste and light coffee notes with no harsh bitterness or astringent bite; a tasty refreshing pint!
3.9% ABV HAND CRAFTED BLACK LAGER
Tyne 9® is a black lager and this has caused some confusion with drinkers' expectations. It will not taste or present like a dark version of a fizzy pint of keg lager. Tyne 9® is a traditional lager beer, more akin to a Munich Dunkel lager or a Schwartzbier. De-husked dark malt has been used sparingly to give the colour and introduce some coffee notes as delicately as possible, a small proportion of medium kilned grain adds maltiness; it is these flavours and the colour that convince some that it is a light stout or porter; however those tastes are also desirable in this style of lager and are intentional - we are delighted that this cask lager has created so much healthy discussion and interest.
Tyne 9® is best served in its presentation glass to deliver a black and white pint sensation, and allow the drinker to celebrate the football heritage and theatre; from Milburn to Shearer and on to present day; of the magnificent Newcastle United Strikers' shirt and number.
Tyne 9 is selected for the CAMRA 2014 Great British Beer Festival in Olympia in August.
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