Brewery takes the wraps off its latest beer

A NORTH Northumberland brewery, given a new lease of life earlier this year, will be unveiling its latest beer at a trade launch next week.

In January, the Gazette reported that Ian Linsley, who resurrected Alnwick IPA and Alnwick Rum, had teamed up with new business partners Chris Walwyn-James and David Ainsley.

Together, they have set up a new operating company, Spirit of Northumberland, to encompass Ian’s core firms, Alnwick Brewery Company Ltd and Alnwick Rum Company Ltd.

At the time, they promised new beers and next week will be the grand first tasting of Alnwick Brewery’s Hotspur Scotch Ale.

Also available for sample will be Alnwick IPA and Alnwick Fair Comment, a blonde ale.

The company will also be revealing a brand new loyalty scheme for its customers.

But the focus will be very much on the new beer.

David said: “Hotspur Scotch Ale is very much of the tradition of McEwan’s Scotch and Lorimer’s Best Scotch, from the days when breweries were brewing beers specifically for the North East of England.”

The brew is based on a very old Edinburgh recipe, first used by Alnwick Brewery in the form of Hotspur Export.

David said that the ale consists of roasted barley, giving colour and a roasted taste, Maris Otter pale malt, crystal malt and traditional English hops.

And he pointed out that the differences between the Hotspur Scotch and the Fair Comment mean that they will appeal to different audiences.

“We are looking at all ages with Hotspur Scotch for older drinkers while Fair Comment may be more sutiable for younger drinkers,” he added.

And another new beer is also on the horizon – Malcolm’s Cross Mild is set to launch to tie in with Camra’s (Campaign for Real Ale) Mild Month in May.

Next week’s launch, with a buffet reception, takes place from noon on Friday, March 9, at the Grey’s Inn in Embleton.

It is strictly trade-only, but any publicans, innkeepers or hoteliers are welcome to attend.