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Brew North

Hand-pulled prose about Northern beers and breweries by Damon Fairclough

The Flying Scotsman by Chris Payne

Brew North: East Lancashire Railway’s Rail Ale Tour

October 6, 2016 Comments Off on Brew North: East Lancashire Railway’s Rail Ale Tour

It’s the eggy bread I’m worried about.

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Silver St Brewery by Chris Payne

Brew North: Silver Street Brewing Co, Bury

August 12, 2016 Comments Off on Brew North: Silver Street Brewing Co, Bury

Bury is baking. On this Wednesday morning in late July, the sun has nudged aside the ever-present threat of showers and is doing its best to bring the red roses into bloom and give the town’s famous black pudding an even deeper tan.

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Brew North: Dark Alchemy by Atom Beers

July 7, 2016 Comments Off on Brew North: Dark Alchemy by Atom Beers

I’m sitting at a long wooden table nursing a half pint of something pungent. There are belly laughs, there’s banter, there are black pudding scotch eggs – all the essential beer accompanying paraphernalia is intact. In fact it seems the only things missing are morris dancers.

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Salty Kiss

Brew North: Salty Kiss Gooseberry Gose by Magic Rock

April 22, 2016 Comments Off on Brew North: Salty Kiss Gooseberry Gose by Magic Rock

God knows how much time has passed since I last saw a gooseberry. It seems to me that nations have risen, civilisations have collapsed and entire continents have drifted apart since I last set eyes on any of those translucent little fellows in their furry phlegm-coloured jackets.

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Brew North: A Night Out by the Mad Hatter Brewing Company

February 13, 2016 Comments Off on Brew North: A Night Out by the Mad Hatter Brewing Company

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now. Drink a beer and write about it I mean. But time and again, as sip followed sip, I found that the bottle was sunk well before I was ever able to reach for my pen.

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