#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers day 24
Beer: Double Maxim
Brewer: Double Maxim Beer Company
This is one of those beers where, from the first sniff, you think “this is a good old fashioned beer”. And you’re right – in the best possible way. As I’ve said before, sometimes there’s something to be said for quality over quirk.
Double Maxim is one of those beers where, back when you were first drinking in pubs, you got really excited about it being available. It was a case of “we must go to pub x, they have Double Maxim”.
It was a less obvious alternative to Newcastle Brown Ale. And, as a Mackem, there was a certain pride involved in choosing Sundertand’s own brown ale. That’s not to say it’s chosen on pride alone. This is a real, high quality, no-nonsense beer.
For those who like a malty beer, this is definitely a must, as it’s a double malt, which gives it an amazing flavour.
Where in the North?
Sunderland, a city by the sea, has a proud history of shipbuilding and coalmining, but it also has a strong religious history.
It was originally three settlements, the one known as Sunderland, along with Monkwearmouth and Bishopwearmouth, but the three became one.
Now, it has a strong cultural and sporting vibe, as well as being home to one of the North East’s biggest manufacturing plants, Nissan, in Washington.
As I mentioned earlier, I class myself as a Mackem. All of my family are from the banks of the River Wear and my dad worked for a while on the shipyards. That’s believed by many to be where the name “Mackem” comes from – “make them” – the ships. People of Newcastle think it’s an insult, but it’s a name people from Sunderland take with pride.
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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