The Durham Brewery Beer Club Newsletter
Sir John Barleycorn's Closet (opened)
28th July 2014
Durham Brewery Anniversary
The oldest brewery in County Durham celebrates its 20th birthday on 2nd August. In August 1994 Christine and Steve launched a 5 barrel plant on Bowburn North Industrial Estate. The microbrewery revolution was just getting going, the market was ready for something new and brewery quickly grew and planted strong roots. In the first few years we supplied the cask market and had particular success with the pale and hoppy beers which were to become so popular in the country. That was not enough for Steve though, and in 2000 we launched our first bottle-conditioned beer, Millennium City, now known as St Cuthbert. The bottles have gone from strength to strength and now we have an extensive portfolio of styles from pale bitter to Russian Stout, and hefeweizen to saison porter. In 2005 Evensong achieved Gold at the Great British Beer Festival. Now the bottles go all over the world.
As if beer is not enough, Steve develops management software for the brewery which he sells to other Breweries. See Brewcon.
This Saturday the brewery is open for much tasting and a barbeque. Please see Party for details. To make the bar area into a real pub, we have put the office onto a mezzanine, leaving the whole area free for drinking and hospitality. Brewery tours and tastings have become regular events and the extra room will make the experience more convivial. We hope that drinkers will be encouraged to come and sample through the week. To see what tours are currently available please see Tours. A special 10% abv pale beer called 1994 is conditioning at this very minute. It is based on White Stout. Steve has invented a new style - Imperial Pale Stout! At 10.2% abv it is our strongest ever creation. See 1994.
A wide range of beers will be on tap from Temptation to Pale Ice and 1994, with two bars and a barbeque provided by Paul of Dropswell Farm Shop. Special thanks go to Nick Young of Durham CAMRA for help with the extra bar and dispense.
More info at Party
See you all there.