Here in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne we’ve been blessed with lots of places to enjoy great beer, fantastic bars abound. Lately it seems like we have a new beer bar opening on a weekly basis yet it’s not that often we get a brand new local brewery opening to keep the thirsty masses quenched.
Almasty Brewing Co. “went live” on Friday 1st August 2014 in The Free Trade Inn, with a soft launch of their first 2 beers.
I say “their” when actually Almasty is currently a one man operation. From brewery design and set-up through to beer production and delivery – everything is handled by Mark McGarry.
Mark who earned his brewers stripes and honed his skills at Mordue and Tyne Bank breweries set out on his own in mid 2014.
After months of preparation, hassles and hard work, it is great to see Newcastle’s newest brewery open for business!
Almasty – meaning “The Wild One” a name used to describe Siberian or Eastern European mystical Yeti like creatures. The brewery iconography follows a nature / forestry / outdoorsman theme. Even the pumpclips are screen printed slices of tree, bark included.
The brewery itself is a 10 barrel plant utilising conical fermenting vessels and the finest ingredients, Mark has wisely left plenty of room for expansion. Almasty is based in Algernon Industrial estate near the Cobalt Business park just outside of Newcastle City centre.
The initial two launch beers on both Keg and Cask were:
A 6% American style Export Brown Ale a rich malt backbone backed up with Citra dry hopping to carry the meaty flavours through. A serious beer packing huge layers of flavour.
A session IPA, made with both light and slightly roasted malt and dry hopped with Mosaic, at 4% ABV far too easy drinking thirst quencher with a huge citrus aroma and fruit punch flavour. Easily as good as Founders All Day IPA, yet more sessionable!
In one evening the thirsty punters of The Free Trade Inn devoured over 200 pints of Almasty beer – a fantastic effort and a sure sign of how great the beer tasted.
The next brew will be a Sorachi Saison followed by a secret launch special.
Speaking of which – the official launch event will be at the brewery over the August Bank Holiday, expect some great flavour packed beers – follow @AlmastyBrewCo for news.
It’s still early days but plans are already in place for barrel ageing, imperial stouts, sour beers, seasonal and festival specials.
Look out for Almasty beers and grab ’em when you can – you wont be disappointed.