Eight northern breweries have joined forces to create and release a case of limited edition brews, called The Northern Powerhouse Brew series.
The breweries, which include Cloudwater, Black Lodge, Northern Monk, Magic Rock, Hawkshead, Thornbridge, Box Social and Buxton, will brew their beers at Wylam Brewery's facility in The Palace of Arts in Newcastle. The eight beers will be launched on 22 June at the Great Exhibition of the North, and there’ll be events at each of the breweries to celebrate.
Once launched, the eight collaborative brews will be sold in cases with one of each of the beers in 440ml cans. Designed to continue the celebration of the north and its craft scene, the packaging has focused on landmarks and the coat of arms of cities, including Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle.
'The exhibition itself puts a spotlight on Newcastle Gateshead but it’s a celebration of the whole region,' Wylam Brewery director Dave Stone told Imbibe. 'To make the beers here made the most sense because our brewery was the site of the last exhibition in 1929 so we all felt that there was a great resonance here almost 90 years later.'
With the first brew day already completed, Stone has said the beers are all of vastly different styles, from a chocolate chip and vanilla imperial stout at 10.5% to more dry and hop-forward beers as low as 3.5%. The breweries all met in January and planned out their recipes to ensure the case highlights the variety and skills of northern craft brewing.
We approach our craft similarly, without being automated, there’s still have some grunt in our brewing process
'We all share an ethos of quality before quantity and we approach our craft similarly, without being automated, there’s still have some grunt in our brewing process which when think gives us our flavour-led beers,' Stone added.
Depending on yield, there may be keg serves sent to craft beer bars for the summer.
Collaboration seems to be the name of the game at the moment. Earlier in the year, Fourpure announced a pan-continental collaboration with craft brewers from six different continents, including Belgium’s De La Senne, Australia’s Two Birds, the USA’s Melvin and Japan’s Hitachino Nest.