#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 2
Beer: Silver Dollar pale ale
The Brewer: Tyne Bank Brewery
As the Great Exhibition of the North kicked off on the banks of the River Tyne last night (and, indeed, on the river itself), I thought it would be appropriate to head in that direction for day two’s beer – Silver Dollar, a pale ale from Tyne Bank Brewery on Newcastle’s Walker Road.
First impression of Silver Dollar is quite simple: no nonsense.
But what does it taste like?
For those who like to know what hops are used, Silver Bullet features Centennial and Amarillo hops. There’s a pleasant, not overpowering sharpness and tartness – probably from the grapefruit - to this pale ale. It doesn’t seem to be looking to be anything quirky, novelty, or whatever.
This is a good solid pale ale. Pale ales aren’t necessarily my “go to” style but this is a really good one.
At 4.9% from the can, it’s a respectable strength, great flavoured beer that I’ll certainly have again.
Mrs PDP just had a try and it gets her thumbs up, too – “probably nice for a hot day”.
Where in the North?
The vibrant city of Newcastle is not only a great place to head for a drink, whether you’re looking for great beer pubs or enjoying a stag or hen do, it’s full of culture and a heart of innovation. William Armstrong, ancestor of TV’s Alexander, was responsible for many inventions, including the hydraulic crane, and his technology is used to power many things, including the Swing Bridge across the Tyne, and London’s Tower Bridge.
Newcastle was the setting for the 1971 film Get Carter and the pub Carter enters after alighting the train in the city is still there, right over the road from the station’s main entrance.
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