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LITTLE BELGIUM – 4.8% TRADITIONAL WITBIER

April 11

New beer out today. Come and get the first chance to try at Newcastle Beer & Cider Festival. Little Belgium – A tribute to the Birtley Belgians. Keep an eye out for it!

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GIUSEPPE GLUTEN FREE – 4.3% ABV GLUTEN FREE LAGER

June 28

  “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 […]

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HISTORY OF THE BREWERY AND ITS BEERS

February 27

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 […]

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STELLA SPARK – 4.4% ABV CITRUS BLONDE BEER

June 19

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. […]

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New brewing equipment being installed

December 3

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TORMIT HEED – 4.9% ABV AGREEABLE AUTUMN ALE

October 14

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 […]

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JOSEPH COWEN (father and son)

March 6

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 […]

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Joseph Cowen

March 5

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 […]

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Ales mark huge contribution to North industrial heritage

March 4

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 […]

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