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From the cellar: Castle Eden Special Ale

Trophy Special, as brewed in Castle Eden.

ABV: 5.5% Origin: Castle Eden, Durham, England Website: Date: 7 September 2000

Another review from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). I’ve left it uncorrected — so please read it in that historical spirit.

The history of Castle Eden, before and […]

Mordue Workie Ticket

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 4.5% Origin: North Shields, Tyne & Wear, England Website:

Mordue Workie Ticket

The Newcastle conurbation is famous for its internationally known Brown Ale, now made in Gateshead on the south bank of the Tyne, but there are far, far better beers made in the region. Several of them come […]

Darwin Richmond Ale

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version appeared on facebook, January 2009.

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Sunderland, England Website:

Darwin Brewery

This brewery specialising in historical recreations has an interesting history itself. It began in 1994 as a teaching facility at Brewlab, the University of Sunderland’s well reputed brewing school, initially expanding to take over […]

Allendale Best Bitter and Wolf

First published in BEER February 2008.

ABV: 3.8 and 5.5 per cent Origin: Allendale, Northumberland Website

Allendale Brewery beers

The small and remote riverside town of Allendale, just shy of Hadrian’s Wall, is home to one of England’s most youthful breweries. For brewer and co-founder Tom Hick it’s his first job since leaving […]

Durham Evensong

First published in BEER September 2006 as part of a page marking the publication of the latest Good Bottled Beer Guide. For more beers featured on this page, see previous post.

ABV: 5 per cent Origin: Bowburn, Durham, England Website:

Durham Evensong

A particularly welcome (and, in my view, long overdue) innovation in […]

Durham Bede’s Chalice

ABV: 9% Origin: Bowburn, Durham, England Website:

A shorter version was originally published in BEER November 2008. For more smoky beers see previous post.

Durham Brewery

Also amber (like St Austell Admiral’s Ale — see previous post) but considerably stronger is Durham Bede’s Chalice (9 per cent) one of several fine strong ales […]

Durham Temptation (Imperial Stouts Part 3)

Originally published in BEER December 2003.

NOTE This review forms part of what was originally published as a single longer article. See previous posts for an introduction to Imperial stouts and some other reviews. See the next post to continue reading about further Imperial stouts. See all parts of this article:

Origin: […]