#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 39
Beer: Into The Black
The Brewer: StuBrew
StuBrew Europe’s first student-run microbrewery, based at Newcastle University. Its beers are not only in the student union bar, but also in pubs and outlets around the city.
This probably smells sweeter than any dark beer I’ve ever had before.
I’m not going to get into the argument about the fact that the P in IPA stands for “pale” and the fact that this is labelled a “black IPA”.
That’s for another day. Although I know a bunch of students who could probably write you a thesis on it...
As it happens, they’re not bad at brewing, either.
I’m not going to pretend this is the best dark beer, the best IPA or even the best black IPA I’ve ever tasted, but it’s pretty good.
There’s enough roast in the flavouring to satisfy, but whether the hoppiness is subdued by that, or for some other reason, I’d have liked a touch more.
All in all, though, a thoroughly enjoyable beer.
Where in the North?
Well, once again we are in Newcastle.
Newcastle’s a great place for anyone who likes to explore a few different beers in a nice, easily walkable route.
Here’s a quick route suggestion that my friends and I have tried a couple of time. I’ve missed out places to eat, but do remember to grab a bite (there are plenty Greggs around to grab a pastie or three on the go).
Starting as you come out of the railway station, cross the road and you have three options to begin with: The Victoria Comet (also known at the ‘Get Carter pub’) is directly opposite, or you could slip up Pink Lane and start at The Forth or the Town Wall. After that, Tilley’s Bar on Westgate Road is just a short walk away and is part of the Head of Steam group.
From there, you can take a slightly longer trip across to the Grey Street area and Pleased To Meet You, DAT Bar, Bacchus, and Lady Grey’s, before wandering down Grey Street, crossing the road to where it becomes Dean Street for BrewDog, then carry on down and round the corner to the Bridge Tavern.
Come back up towards town from there, stopping in at the Crown Posada (if you fancy a quirky little ‘old man’s’ beer pub) and then you can come back round towards the train station and there’s another Head of Steam close to the train station. If you missed out the Victoria Comet at the start, you can always drop in there to finish if you have time before your train home.
“The city of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne was founded at the lowest place the Tyne could be easily crossed. In 1080, the Normans built a wooden fort to safeguard the crossing, they also erected a wooden bridge.
“The ‘new castle’ was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century.”
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