The toast is Alnwick

Ian Linsley with his beer.
Ian Linsley with his beer.

A NORTH Northumberland town will soon be welcoming back its namesake tipple in cask form for the first time in almost 60 years.

Alnwick IPA was first brewed at the now-defunct Alnwick Brewery in the 1850s and continued to be produced for around 100 years.

Alnwick Brewery workers in around 1900.

Alnwick Brewery workers in around 1900.

The beer, which has been available again in bottled-form for the last four years, will be available for sale in pubs as a cask ale from the beginning of next month.

As the Alnwick Brewery no longer exists after finally closing in 1986, the beer, which will bear the slogan The Spirit of Northumberland, is being brewed at the Daleside Brewery in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Ian Linsley, the owner of Alnwick Brewery and Alnwick Rum, said that during recent testing in Newcastle, the Alnwick IPA had ‘gone down an absolute treat’.

“It will be available for the first time in almost 60 years,” he said.

“Alnwick Brewery was a major employer in the area for over 300 years.

“It’s still my dream to bring it back but the recession hit hard. We are now doing it the hard way, the only way we can.

“It’s being brewed at Daleside, but it doesn’t have to be brewed in the town that it carries the name of.

“Newcastle Brown Ale is brewed in Yorkshire now.”

Ian also said that the IPA was being brewed using the original recipe as far as possible, although some of the hop varieties are no longer available.

“It’s a light, amber-coloured IPA brewed with three different types of blended hops,” he said.

Bottled Alnwick IPA was relaunched in June 2007 by the Duchess of Northumberland while Alnwick Rum was relaunched nine years ago.

Ian wants any publicans who are interested in stocking the IPA and able to store cask ale to contact him on 01665 604768 or ian@alnwickrum.com

It will be available for delivery to Alnwick on Tuesday, September 6.

It will be ready for sale two days later when it has settled. Stocks are limited so availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.