#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 4
Beer: Polly Donkin, all English oatmeal stout
The Brewer: Cullercoats Brewery
The sun is shining and we are headed to the coast!
I’ll be 100% honest with you. I can’t remember the last time I tried a beer for the first time and enjoyed it this much. Even though it’s a 500ml bottle, I’m wishing it was bigger.
The second I started to pour, one word came to mind: “treacle”. It pours so black and thick, anticipation levels rose instantly. I’m a big fan of stouts and porters, but I’ve had a couple of “just ok” dark beers lately.
This isn’t one of them.
I wasn’t disappointed. Polly Donkin has a delicious, powerful taste. I’m starting to feel like a fan boy – I don’t think I gabbled this much when I met Toby Jepson for the first time (if you don’t know him and like great, melodic rock music, look him up).
You can really taste the coffee and the bottle’s promise of cream comes through in the smooth feel of the beer in your mouth.
What’s more, at 4.2%, it’s very sessionable, and you can take a good feeling from having another one, because 3p from every pint goes to the RNLI.
Where in the North?
Cullercoats Brewery is situated in Wallsend, North Tyneside, and takes its name from its position at the end of Hadrian’s Wall. It’s more recent history is of a proud home of shipbuilding and coal mining, and it is home to a whole host of famous names, from Geordie Shore and I’m A Celebrity star Vicky Pattinson, to musical legends as diverse as Sting and Venom, and sportsmen like Steve Bruce and Jocky Wilson.
I don’t normally like gimmicks on a bottle, but this one carries a QR code that takes you to an explanation of the names Cullercoats Brewery gives to its beer.
So, who was Polly Donkin? Well, she was a fishwife from Cullercoats who was honoured by the RNLI at the age of 73. Want to know more? Download a QR reader, grab a bottle, and enjoy.
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