You may have noticed the large banner in the main hall promoting the Battle of the Beers, so what’s it all about?
A few years ago the Festival Organisers asked local brewers to produce a new beer to be launched at the festival and this became “The Battle of the Beers.”
There are now around 24 breweries within the Tyneside & Northumberland CAMRA Branch area and all have been invited to take part in the battle! The beers that they’ve produced for us will be launched at the 37th Newcastle Beer & Cider Festival having first been judged by an independent panel that will taste all the beers and chose a winner. The winner will be announced on Wednesday afternoon – if you can’t make it, keep watching this page, or follow us on twitter / like us on Facebook.
If you want to try any of these beers look out for the Battle of the Beers toppers on the pump clips.
This year, breweries have been asked to brew a unique beer for the Battle of the Beers competition that:
- has exactly 2 malts
- has exactly 2 hops
- is between 4.0% – 5.0% ABV
- and can be any style
All entries are listed below. Only 6 beers make it into the second round of voting.
- Mordue – X2 – 4.7% (Pale Ales) [SOLD OUT]
- Gundog – Dogs Aloud – 4% (Golden Ales)
- Allendale – END39 Amarillo Rye – 5% (Speciality)
- Ouseburn Valley – Elderflower Libation – 5% (Speciality)
- Wylam – Points Drift – 5% (Bitters)
- Hadrian Border – Flodden IPA – 5% (Pale Ales)
- Anarchy – Grin And Bare It – 5% (Speciality)
- Big Lamp – The Nora Tunney – 4.7% (Bitters)
- G N Porter – The Emperor Red – 4.5% (Bitters)
- Hexhamshire – Ardley Bitter – 5% (Bitters)
- High House Farm – Tennure Auld – 4.6% ()
- Northumberland – Stallion – 4.6% (Bitters)
- Three Kings – Shy Bairns – 4.5% (Bitters)
- Tyne Bank – Tropical Haze – 5% (Speciality) [SOLD OUT]
- VIP – The Village Idiot – 5% (Speciality)