Last week saw Newcastle host Tyneside and Northumberland CAMRA’s annual beer festival. As every year we were honoured to brew a beer for this year’s ‘Battle of the Beers’ competition, this year entering the flavoured stout category. WE ONLY WENT A SECURED A RUNNERS UP SPOT! Yes, you read that correctly. ‘Exam Room Tears’, a maple and pecan stout went on to secure the runners up spot in a category competing against some of our favourite local breweries. We still haven’t stopped smiling about this and want to give our biggest thanks to Tyneside & Northumberland CAMRA for organising such a great festival. We hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did. A big well done must go out to Firebrick, who won the category with their sugar spun stout; it was a worthy winner! If you fancy having a cask of Exam Room Tears, drop Harry and Lucy a message at email@example.com – there isn’t much left so get some ASAP!
Other than not smiling since Wednesday, it has been a fairly quiet week for the team. We do have one of the most exciting events of the year coming up though – the AGM! This year the AGM will be held in L101 of Merz Court at 4-5pm on Friday the 3rd of May. For more information about the positions you lovely people can stand for, check out the event here. To celebrate the new team coming into office / trying to ease the pain of the old team leaving, following the AGM we will be having a Brewery Bash. We’ve even got Fire and Dough providing pizza for the event. Keep your eyes peeled for a Facebook event that’ll be made sometime soon.
With tour, a brewery bash and brewing these last few weeks, we haven’t had chance to do our weekly(ish) blog. So here’s your chance to read a little recap about what we’ve been doing these last few weeks.
On the 22nd we had our first outdoor brewery bash of the year, hosted alongside our good friends at Goodtimes Tacos. The event was a pleasure as always to host and it was great to see some of your friendly faces drinking all of the beer. Our next bash is on Friday the 3rd of May from 5pm.
Following the big clean up after the bash; Chris, Alex and Jack were hard at work brewing our entry for Newcastle Beer Festival’s ‘Battle of the Beers’ competition. Our entry this year is ‘Exam Room Tears’, a 5.5% maple and pecan stout. If you would like to get your hands on some find it pouring at the event this week. Stu Brew members can get free entry to the Wednesday and Saturday sessions with a valid student ID card. With 120 cask beers and 50 ciders pouring you’d be a fool to miss out! Alongside ‘Exam Room Tears’, we also have ‘Textbook’ our 4.5% IPA and ‘Copy and Paste’ our 5.0% cider pouring at the festival. Hopefully we will see you all there!
As many of you may have already read, last weekend we had an awesome time in Brussels, if you’ve missed out on the action, catch Carey’s recap here.
Next Saturday marks a year since this year’s committee was elected to their roles. We can honestly say it has been a blast of a year. Sadly, all good things must come to an end. This means it’s time for our AGM which is going to be held on Friday the 3rd of May (4-5pm) in Merz L101. More information can be found on the Facebook event, but if you have any questions for now don’t hesitate to drop us a message on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s all for this week – see you all at the beer festival!
Hi everyone, Carey here! You might have noticed that we’ve been away last week. We embarked on our first ever Stu Brew Tour. I thought I’d give you all an update to the exciting things we’ve been up whilst we’ve been away.
Our time in Brussels was amazing. Thank you to everyone who came with us. The team stayed in the Meininger Hostel which was an excellent choice. The beds were very comfortable which was perfect after a long day of taking in the sights.
Our first day, Saturday, started at 10am sharp with a tour of Cantillon Brewery. Our guided tour was fantastic. I learnt a lot about the brewing process and it was great to see the different techniques used to create Lambic beer. The brewery was founded in 1900 and is renowned for its Gueuze that is aged in oak casks. The tour lasted half an hour and we were greeted at the bar with two samples. I opted for the classic Gueuze and the Kriek, a sour cherry lambic.
Later that afternoon we went to 3 Fonteinen which is another famous brewery located in Beersel. We spent the day basking in the Belgian sun (I didn’t know this was a thing either…!) tasting some fine Lambic beers. The brewery was in a beautiful location with a superb beer garden. After a short but expensive Uber ride back to the city centre we gathered in Brussels Beer Project for a tasting session. This was one of my highlights of the trip. The experience included the biggest cheeseboard I had ever seen. My favourite beer from BBP was probably the Smoked Blonde Stout – an interesting concept!
The team split into groups the next day. A few of the more cultured members decided to take a trip to the European Parliament to try and sort Brexit out once and for all, but unfortunately things didn’t work out. Harry Conn, one half of our stocks and sales team, tried to get in for a toilet break but was unfortunately turned away. Better luck next time. Meanwhile, the rest of the team tried out a great bar called Moeder Lambic. We also tried out Brew Dog in Brussels later that evening which I would seriously recommend to anyone visiting the city! The rooftop terrace was the perfect place to make the most of the sunny weather.
The next day I went with Chris, Sandy, Tom, Brett, Dom and Arthur for another visit to Cantillon. This was a lovely afternoon where we had the chance to taste a wider range of Cantillon’s beers exclusive to the tap room. As many of the tour attendees will know my favourite beer was the Kriek! I’m not a huge fan of sour styled beers normally but it seems that my tastes have changed after becoming acquainted with new styles on this trip! Later that evening the whole team paid a visit to Amadeus Rib House. This was a great experience. The Stu Brew record for rib consumption at Amadeus is currently held by Ali Middlemiss who managed to devour 3 full racks of ribs (I’ve just had fajitas for tea and thinking about how much food I ate that night makes me want to pop!) Congrats, Ali!
Our final day saw us taking in some more sights before our flight. A selection of us went to see The Atomium. This is sculpture is an icon of Brussels. I was really impressed at the attraction’s architecture. Whilst we were here we learnt that it was built for the World fair in Brussels in 1958. This was the first post-war World Fair so it pretty much had to blow the world’s socks off. The Atomium remains a popular tourist attraction and it isn’t too hard to see why. I learnt that the nine spheres are supposed to be a replica of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Not too shabby! After visiting this work of art we popped along to Brasserie De La Senne which was off the beaten tourist path but worth the visit. I particularly enjoyed Brussels Calling which is a Belgian Style Pale Ale!
There were so many great breweries that we visited and Brussels is definitely the kind of place you NEED to visit if you’re a fan of beer and the culture surrounding it.
I was craving cheese and meat for the majority of the holiday – I was so happy when Tom discovered La Mort Subite which was a stone’s throw away from the main square of Brussels. Their mixed meat and cheese board was DIVINE. This was, for me, the perfect end to the trip.
In my opinion, the trip was great! We made some great memories and I would argue that this was the perfect way to end my year of being involved with Stu Brew alongside the majority of my amazing committee.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our time in Brussels and hopefully this review of the city will tempt you to pay it a visit if you get the chance. Finally, I’d also like to thank our superstar trip co-ordinator, Rachel, for planning the trip! Keep an eye out for our tour video which will be hitting the social media channels in due course.
We were lucky enough to have hosted a bar this weekend at Brinkburn Street’s Spring Advent Beer Festival. We really enjoyed attending this festival and meeting new people. It was great to hear the general feedback on our Banoffee Imperial Stout, Sticky Imp, which a lot of the atendees loved. If you haven’t been down to Brinkburn Street Brewery already, what are you waiting for?
Malliot Blanc is BACK. IN. KEG! We last put this beauty into keg in November 17. It’s been a long wait but FINALLY, Maillot Blanc is back in keg! If you’re a pub or a bar and fancy getting your mits on some of this you can drop our sales team an email and they’ll be happy to assist.
Our Brewery Bash is on Friday! We’ve got Goodtimes Tacos providing the food which we can’t WAIT for you to try. As usual, we’ll be kicking things off from 5pm in the carpark of Merz Court. Let us know if you’ll be attending via our facebook event.
Thats all from us this week. We hope to see some of you on Friday at our Brewery Bash. Have a great week!
We’re back again with our weekly update. This week is looking exciting! Let’s have a look at what we’ve got going on.
This week we featured in the Education section of the Guardian! It was great to meet Naomi Larsson and we really enjoyed reading the article. You can read the article here. A big thanks for the lovely write up, Naomi!
The first North East festival celebrating women in the brewing industry is coming to Newcastle this week. We’re going to be hosting the bar for the symposium that is happening on Thursday evening. It’s going to be held in Venue, the space underneath the Student’s Union, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm.
The Symposium will be a panel discussion, where each panelist will spend around 10 minutes discussing their experiences, and a subject of their choice. We will then spend around 30 minutes discussing topics such as sexism in the beer industry, what we’ve done to combat it, and what we can do better. Finally, we will then have a Q & A where the audience can ask the panelists questions. Special guests include Melissa Cole and Julia Austin. There will also be an event at the The Town Mouse on 7-10 March to celebrate and showcase women in the beer industry. This festival is designed to highlight women in brewing, bars, and everything beer, and to celebrate their achievements. It’s worth noting that every ticket for the symposium comes with a free pint of our beer! What’s not to love?
We’ve got our hands on a new piece of kit. As many of you know, Stu Brew are strongly supported by the School of Engineering and it’s now the time of year where our research projects in the school are underway. This week saw the arrival of the dealcoholization unit. Keep an eye out for the results of the research sometime soon.
Finally our secretary, Harry, was joined by a couple of members; Harsh and Cameron on a brew day on Sunday. They brewed Lady Liberty which is a beer we brewed exclusively for Pacific House. To try this get down to the wonderful Pacific House who will pull you through a pint… or two!
That’s all from us for this week. Have a GREAT week!
It’s that time again, the time for our weekly blog. We had an exciting week last week. On Thursday night the gang went down to the Town Mouse to celebrate the pub’s 2nd birthday! We had brewed a beer especially for the occasion, called All Night Breakfast. We had a great evening and enjoyed the great company. The beer went down really well!
Then, on Saturday it was time to pop over to Tyne Bank Brewery for Craft Beer Evolution. We enjoyed meeting everyone there and hope everyone enjoyed our beer, Sticky Imp and Gose’berry Jam which we brewed in collaboration with The First & Last Brewery.
Also, the society has been awarded a grant from Go Volunteer. With this grant we’ve been able to fund a fridge for the Home Brew Club to use to store prototypes. You can get involved if you fancy participating in Home Brew Club by coming along to The Buttery in Merz Court Tuesday at 5pm.
Hope you enjoyed finding out what we’ve been up to this week! We’ll be back next week with more updates.
First and foremost, this weekend there is a very special event happening that we are so glad to be involved with. Readers of this blog know our passion for the North East beer scene and this weekend is a perfect opportunity to get involved. We’re going to be at Craft Beer Evolution on Saturday. The event, put simply by Tyne Bank Brewery themselves, will see people come together in pursuit of great beer. We have brewed something really special for this event which we’ll be announcing on social media this week, so keep your eyes peeled!
We’ll be there, alongside 10 neighbouring breweries, including Allendale Brewery and The First & Last Brewery. On the bar will be 10 amazing one off craft ales. During the day you’ll get the chance to discuss the North East craft brewing scene with the breweries! For all you foodie lovers out there Meat:Stack serving up the type of food that is the perfect accompaniment to great beer. We’ll be there selling merchandise too so come and say hi if you fancy picking up a snazzy new hoodie or hat! It’s called fashion, darling.
We brewed Malliot Blanc yesterday for another canning run. This will also be available in keg! If you are interested in getting your hands on Malliot Blanc drop our sales team duo, Harry and Lucy, an email.
Keep your eyes peeled on social media this week for more details regarding another Brewery Bash we have planned! We’re also in the process of organising our AGM which is very exciting…
That’s all from us now, but we hope you have a great week.
We hosted a Brewery Bash on Friday night in the Venue underneath our Student’s Union. We had a great turn out! Thank you to everyone who came along. We had a great night. Newcastle Student Radio were there providing the tunes and we had the gang from Newcastle Gaming Society providing the video games – thanks guys!
Yesterday we did a brew day with Tyne Bank Brewery. We were brewing something really special for an upcoming event. Next Saturday, 23rd October, we’ll be down at Tyne Bank. This is geared to be a great event with lots of other great breweries from all over the North East. You can find out more about it here
That’s all for us for now, but stay tuned on our social media channels for more updates.
Hello everyone! Hope you’ve had a great week. We’re back with an update regarding what has been happening in the society. Grab a cuppa or a pint – this is a big one.
On Monday we were joined by an extra guest. Nicci Peet came along to our committee meeting to take some photos of us for her freelance project documenting diversity in the brewing industry. A big thanks to Nicci for coming along – we can’t wait to see the pictures.
Friday was a busy day! On Friday we did the first day of brewing our latest collab with Red from First and Last Brewery. It was really good to have Red back! We also met with Naomi Larsson from The Guardian who came to report on the research we do to combat sustainability in the brewing industry. Stay tuned for more on this!
On Sunday, Chris and Red finished off their brew. The gose is packed with sloes, corriander and raspberries. This beautiful brew will be launching at Tyne Bank Brewery’s Craft Beer Evolution Event on February 23rd. We’re super excited for this event.
This week we’re going to be at the Refresher’s Fair where you can come and meet some of the team. Always fancied getting involved in Stu Brew? Here’s your chance! As well as this, Home Brew Club will be meeting Tuesday at 5pm in the Buttery, Merz Court. This week’s task is a flavoured stout. Feel free to come along if you’re interested in creating some new recipes!
Last, but not least, we are hosting a brewery bash on Friday. We’ve decided to pick a warmer venue this time, since it’s a bit chilly outside lately. Join us in Venue (the bottom floor of Newcastle University Student’s Union) where we’ll be serving up a range of cask and keg beers. Looking for a break from your studies, or simply a Friday evening out – we will be serving from 5pm!
THE BLOG IS BACK! We hope you all had a lovely christmas break and are all feeling refreshed and ready for the new term. We’ve got a lot of exciting things planned this semester which we can’t wait for you to hear about.
We’ve just undergone an intense exam period and we hope that you all did well in your exams. They can be such a stressful time for all of us! On Friday evening the gang headed over to Coppers at Gosforth as a type of post-exam celebration. We held a Meet the Brewer session which went really well. At this event we met Chasing Everest and organised a Brew Day with them the next day. This was a great opportunity and we always love finding awesome breweries to collaborate with! Thanks guys.
If you’re interested in joining our society make sure to keep your eyes peeled for us at the upcoming Refreshers Fair. We still have a lot of opportunities for members to get involved and it’s never too late to join our society!
We’ve got another Brewery Bash on the 8th February which we are very excited about. It’s going to be held in Venue which is located inside the Student’s Union. Coming? Let us know here.