#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 61
Beer: Radgie Gadgie
The Brewer: Mordue Brewery
“A strong, easy drinking Northern ale.”
It’s light coloured for a “strong ale”, but stronger in flavour, particularly at the start of the mouthful.
The flavour dissipates slowly, leaving a nice tangy, ever so slightly bitter aftertaste.
At 4.8% it’s one for those who like to be steady away and take a little time, even if it is a bit moreish and makes you want to quickly replace the sip with the next.
Where in the North?
North Shields is just shy of 800 years old and was founded by the then Prior of Tynemouth, who wanted to create a port for the Priory. Modern day North Shields pretty much merges into Tynemouth, forming, with nearby Whitley Bay, the North Tyneside coastal area.
North Shields, presumably like South Shields, derives its name from the word “schele”, meaning "temporary sheds or huts used by fishermen". The two towns sit either side of the River Tyne.
Radgie Gadgie is slang for mad man. Radgie, or radged, means someone who is crazy (he’s radged, that’s radged, he’s radgie). Gadgie means man (who’s that gadgie?).
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