Newcastle Brown Ale is the best known beer from Newcastle. It's been brewed in the city since the 1920s and it's famous blue star logo has been there since the start. It’s available on draught, in bottle and in cans though the bottled version seemed the most common in the pubs we visited in Newcastle. I had never tried it before my visit to the city so what better place for my first glass.
To translate for those not aquainted with the Geordie accent this means :
"Could you please furnish me with a bottle of Newcastle's finest Brown ale please, bartender'.
This (I find) slightly sickly beer is the lifeblood of Newcastle. It is sold in virtually every bar, pub and club you can find. It's usually drunk straight from bottle.
Try it at least once or you will be seen as a soft puffy big girl's blouse of a southerner.
There is an urban myth that Newcastle General hospital has a ' Broon ward' where those suffering ill-effects of too many nights on the bottle are treated. The brewery is said to give generously to it.
Newcastle is famous for lots of things, especially it's hectic social scene! So why not have your own brew? And why not make it one of the most widespread brews in the world? This is what you get with Newcastle Brown Ale. So try it while you are here. Or why not even try the brown ale flavioured ice-cream, or visit the brown ale factory nearl St. James' Park!!!
Newcastle Brown Ale was first brewed in 1927 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. In 1928 Newcastle Brown Ale won the gold medals at the International Brewers' Exhibition in London. Newcastle Brown Ale quickly established itself as a favourite brew in the North East of England and was soon available in pint bottles and half pint bottles throughout the whole of the North East. It is the top selling bottled beer in Europe and also in the world if you actually look at Brown Ale as being an ale.
Newcastle Brown Ale, or 'Newkie Brown' as it's known, is one of the country's most famous beers. Launched in 1927 it scooped Gold Medals at every brewing competition in it's subsequent years, and these medals are comemorated on it's label.
Sold in 1 pint bottles, it's traditional to take a 1/2 pint glass and keep topping the glass up from the botttle as you drink, never allowing the glass to empty (so buy a new bottle before you finish your glass). The beer is not 'live' so there is no sediment in the bottle.
As part of a 'revamp' the 'Ale' has now been dropped and the label simply proclaims 'Newcastle Brown'.
In and around Newcastle the beer is also known as Dog, so don't be surprised to hear people asking for 'a bottle of dog'.
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