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“Broon” will no longer be brewed by Geordies

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Yorkshire BroonFamous brew exported to Yorkshire.

Well that’s it then the top brass at Scottish and Newcastle have decided that the region’s favourite exported ale is to be exported permanently by shifting production from Dunston, Gateshead, to the John Smith brewery in Tadcaster, Yorkshire. Broon will no longer be regarded as the regions  best bottled beer and it will be viewed with suspicion having been exported out of the region, it will become as authentic as Guinness (which, you may guess, tastes entirely different when it is actually produced in Ireland).

The old dog will no longer be brewed by Geordies, and some were already upset that production was killed off in Newcastle a few years ago, and a tradition that goes back to 1927 will die along with the skills required to make the “newcy broon” on Tyneside. It is probably only a question of time before the next major decision is taken by the board of Scottish and Newcastle whether or not to hang on to the former Federation Brewery at Dunston and concentrate it’s production in larger plants more centrally located for logistical reasons.

I can best remember, many years ago, some Cornish lads, big Cornish lads who played rugger, coming up to South Shields to stay for a week and they couldn’t wait to try and destroy the reputation of Newcastle Brown Ale, considering it a poor rival to their “scrumpy” cider. We headed to the hospital social club in Harton Lane, South Shields and after only three bottles each, these strapping 17 stone plus giants were bundled away completely legless in a taxi to spend the next 48 hours recovering!

I’m not sure if, back in 1925, Col. Porter knew exactly what he had created when he first brewed “broon” but it’s reputation as a strong ale became so strong that I guess that S&N’s decision (which may have been influenced by their owners Heineken) might just spark a wave of unpopular dissent up in “the toon”.

Now if only I could persuade them to export their football team to South Yorkshire.

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Written by curly

October 14, 2009 at 8:57 am

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  1. Newcastle Brown Ale was only poor copy of the original brown ale – Vaux Double Maxim – first brewed in 1901. A far superior beverage and still going strong, back to its best now its brewed in Hartlepool and not Stockport (where it as first brewed when Vaux closed).

    Steve Gray

    October 15, 2009 at 10:19 am


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