The Great Exhibition of the North is coming this Summer.
To be held in Newcastle and Gateshead over 80 days, it’s a celebration of everything great about the North of England.
Luckily, we have our fair share of decent breweries across the North, and one of them, Wylam, has decided to brew a special pale ale to mark the occasion.
Even more luckily, I was fortunate enough to attend the launch event at the Sage Gateshead and bag myself a bottle.
It’s easy to be sceptical about “special” beers like this, but I’m glad to say that Wylam certainly haven’t skimped on quality with this one.
The first thing you notice is a light, fruity aroma. Definitely not overpowering.
The flavour has strength. Again, not overpowering, but certainly enough to keep my interest.
The quality I’ve come to expect from Wylam is evident and I’m hoping this is a beer that will become readily available for more than 8 days.
If not, thankfully, a kind colleague decided to give me theirs, so I get to enjoy this over again…
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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