Right then everyone, we’re back! It’s been an exciting couple of months at the brewery and it’s time to update you all on what we’ve been up to.
The first week back saw us with a pop-up bar outside the Students’ Union showcasing two of our refreshing keg beers to the new kids and then on to an exclusive Freshers’ event down at The Gate.
Later on, in the week, our Stu Brew team were invited along to Brinkburn Street Beer Festival along with some other cracking local (and not so local) breweries like Bone Machine and Yorkshire Dales. Six of our beers were on draught for the festival including a very special public debut from our newest addition, Deadline Extension – a thirst-quenching 5.6% India Pale Lager liberally dry hopped with Mosaic, El Dorado and Comet. Clare Moore of Brewery Jewellery also hooked us up with some custom Stu Brew earrings modelled here by our glamourous secretary, Arthur.
Last but not least of our Freshers’ Week extravaganza, we had our first brewery bash of the year. Our brewery bashes are open to the public and this time was accompanied by some gorgeous food from The Real Mediterranean Kitchen. A huge thank you also goes out to Pete Bennett and Ade Scarlett for supplementing our night with their acoustic sets along with Newcastle Student Radio for bringing us some jams. It was an excellent night all in all and a great time for the launch of our most recent sour, Concentric Objects.
In collaboration with one of Newcastle’s newest breweries, Full Circle Brew Co., this 3.5% kettle sour showcases passionfruit and mango with a subtle Szechuan peppercorn finish. It went down a storm at the bash and even made an appearance at our Town Mouse tap takeover too.
Concentric Objects appeared alongside some other society favourites at the tap takeover, including Prime, our highly anticipated imperial stout in collaboration with Northern Alchemy and Dog and Rabbit Brewery, as well as Lion’s Pride, a 5.8% NEIPA brewed in collaboration with Two By Two. The atmosphere was buzzing and our committee had a great time if you couldn’t already tell from the grins behind the bar. We hope you all enjoyed it just as much and, all being well, there’ll be more events like this to come.
Following the tap takeover, our brewmaster and home brew club were hard at work for our first brew day of the term. New and returning members brewed Lab Session, a Stu Brew staple, as well as a prototype IPA designed by our president and brewmaster. There’ll be plenty more prototypes to come, the next one being a Czech-style pilsner formulated by our recipe design team, so keep your ears to the ground for that one and much more.
Speaking of what’s to come, we’re excited to announce that Stu Brew’s 5th birthday is fast approaching! To commemorate the momentous occasion, we’ll be hosting a celebratory brewery bash on Friday 15th November. There’ll be lots more announcements on the way for this event so keep an eye on our social medias for that.
That’s all from us for now, but we’ve got plenty of stuff in the works for the coming months. Thanks for sticking with us, guys, there’s big things coming for Stu Brew and we’re glad to have you all on board with us.
The Stu Brew Team