Name of beer
What the brewer says
“Workie Ticket is a tasty, complex beer with malt and hops throughout and a long, satisfying bitter finish. Well worthy of the titles ‘Champion Beer of Britain 1997’ and ‘Gold Medal Best Bitter Award 2013.”
I write this as I get ready to head out and watch England’s opening Euro 2016 match against Russia, so it’s only appropriate that I chose an English ale for today’s blog. Not only that, but I’ve chosen one that has its roots in Wallsend, home to one of football’s best known youth football clubs, Wallsend Boys’ Club.
Even as a season ticket holder at Newcastle’s arch rivals, Sunderland, I can’t deny the heritage of this little club North of the Tyne, which has brought us such names as Peter Beardsley, Steve Bruce, Alan Shearer and Michael Carrick.
Mordue Brewery itself has heritage going back to the 19th Century, though it was only in 1995 that its ales were revived.
It’s almost a crime that Paul Gascoigne, a player who I’m sure has often been described as a “workie ticket”, didn’t play for Wallsend Boys’ Club, a fact that kicks poetic licence in the teeth as far as this blog post goes.
Workie Ticket the beer is a multi-award-winning ale, and is the type of ale that feels like it has its traditions right in the North East working mens’ club scene. It’s a proper North East beer.
No airs. No graces. It’s a good, honest beer.
Some people would say “proper beer”, if they chose to be sniffy about the craft revolution, and I couldn’t argue. It’s beer-flavoured beer and I like it for that.
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I’m 44, I don’t (always) have a beard (partly because when I try it is patchy, has gaps, with ginger and grey bits) and don’t take a clipboard to the pub. So, I’m not the stereotypical real ale fan of old, in the style that I was always told to look out for...read more