The Bottle Shop Bar & Kitchen As a last hurrah before boarding the northbound train, the Beer Man suggested a trip to The Bottle Shop Bar & Kitchen. Located on the ground floor of a multi-storey carpark, it sounded like a pretty solid plan to me.Exterior As you might expect from the name, their selection …

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Wylam Brewery Tap After our rock n roll start to the day at the Great North Museum and Quilliam Brothers, the Beer Man and I got back on more expected track with a visit to the Wylam Brewery.Corn and fritters Housed in the former Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park, this is one of the …

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Free Trade Inn I had heard tales of the Free Trade Inn, the legendary Craig David, and the excellent beer, so it was entirely joyous to find myself there as the first item of business on a weekend away to Newcastle.Craig David I was joined on the enterprise by Our Beer Man, Bob, Chris and …

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Newcastle Beer Weekend Our Beer Man’s Verdict A January jaunt to Newcastle has been a regular fixture for a while now and this annual pick-me-up seemed particularly necessary after 2016 rained down a shit storm of global and personal bad news. The usual team was joined on this occasion by Blythe – although that didn’t …

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The Empress of Broughton Street Our Beer Man’s Verdict I first visited the Empress on its opening night before Christmas, but it was so busy I struggled to get a proper sense of what it was actually like.Exterior My initial feeling on that brief visit was that it was okay – nothing special – but …

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