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On this page we have monthly updates to keep you informed of developments and all our latest gossip! [November/December photograph: Andy Burrows presents cases of bespoke labelled beer to the new Mayor of Newcastle – Jackie Slesenger' (centre), Coast to Coast pump clip (left) and Needles & Pins...AH pump clip (right)].


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MARCH 2013



On 14th of the month we were proud sponsor of the 'fastest wheelchair race on the planet' - the Tyne Tunnel 2K International where athletes hit an amazing 45mph!

We celebrated the spirit of the wheechair racers in Paralympic year by creating 'Lionheart Bitter' which is available this month on tap in ale houses in North East England and Southern Scotland. We also provided commemorative bottles of ale for race night which were squirted up into the air at the winners enclosure instead of champagne! And just for good measure we became a 'Silver sponsor' of the event to help with the core costs.

World record holder Canadian Josh Cassidy won the men's race in 4:40.2 and Team GB member Jade Jones from Middlebrough won the women's race in 6.14.9.

Race Director Davd Burdus said, "Hadrian Border's support was a fabulous example of a regional company getting behind the event in difficult times. The cask and bottled 'Lionheart Bitter' was a stroke of genius, helping to raise the profile of the race and going down a storm with organisers, athletes and sponsors alike!"

HB Director Andy Burrows said, "The race was spectacular. The athletes were all super fit. I got to see first hand as I followed behind the racers in one of our vans. It was my job along with Pete Bushell (father of Mickey Bushell, gold medallist T53 100m London Paralympic Games) to rescue athletes in the event of puncture - fortunatley we were not needed!"

See www.tunnel2k.com for further details. Photos to follow soon! Please note that Lionheart Bitter was not consumed at the Tyne Tunnel which is an alcohol free site.

This month, specials available include Ouseburn Porter 5.2% and Needles and Pins which is a 4.2% beer amber in colour, brewed to commemorate the life and times of Norman Weatherburn from the Boathouse, Wylam. A new beer called Coast to Coast 4.4% abv is being made available from w/c 24th Sept. Light amber, fruity but well balanced which should stay on the permanent list.

We have just ordered 3 new fermenting vessels which takes our brewing capacity from 100 barrels per week (28,000 pints) to 160 barrels per week (46,000 pints).


SEPTEMBER Hadrian Border - Proud sponsors of the Tunnel 2K International 2012.


Despite the terrible weather this summer, so far, we are doing very well here at the brewery.  The month of May saw the most beer sold in the history of Hadrian Border Brewery.  Month on month we seem to exceed the volumes from the same month the year previous.
Our specials beer section has been updated to include some of the more current ales brewed.  We have brewed and sold Halve Wit and Geordie Jazz.  Currently, Newburn No.1 is back as the special for July.  This was the first brew we did on the new brewery plant after our move from Byker.  Get some before its gone!

About May time, we decided that due to lack of demand for Gladiator and Centurion, we would drop these from our regular beers portfolio.  We have replaced Centurion with Northumbrian Gold on a permanent basis and it is proving to be a success.
We had a slight worry that our best customer for Gladiator would be disappointed – The Crown Posada, where it features as one of the house ales.  To this end we talked to Derek and came up with a blended beer called Black Gate Bitter at 4%, exclusively available in that outlet.  Reports from the pub last week show that it is selling equally as well as the Gladiator did.
Our bottling range continues to sell well, and is about to expand with the inclusion of Secret Kingdom.  Keep your eyes open for it in all the usual bottle outlets which we supply.

June saw the opening of the Hotel Indigo in Newcastle.  We were invited to the grand opening on the night of the “great deluge”.  A spectacular affair indeed.  We were lavishly entertained, and fed.  It was good to see the Grainger Ale going well on the night, and it is still selling very well in the bar of the Indigo and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse.

August Bank holiday weekend will see us holding a beer festival over the four day holiday (August 24th – 27th) at the Boathouse in Wylam, and our brewery tap pub in the town, The Kings Manor.  Both pubs will feature our ales over the period, with the Boathouse hopefully having our ales on all 14 pumps for the duration. The fabulous Flame Pit Smoke House BBQ will be at the Boathouse on the Saturday and the Sunday.

It is our intention to brew a commemorative beer in memory of Norman Weatherburn, the owner of both who sadly passed away last month.  I hope he would have liked it, here’s to you Norman, a great personal friend and a gentleman.  I shall try and brew a beer to the style he used to enjoy. Hopefully this will prove to be a great success for ourselves and The Boathouse and Kings Manor.
I’m sure Jay will be providing great service, as ever, and I’m sure there will be the usual Karaoke and bands, together with good grub that accompany these events.

All the very best for the rest of the summer. Happy drinking – of our beers!

Martin Hammill, Brewery Manager, Hadrian Border Brewery.

Hotel Indigo

Max, Andy, Martin and Shona with Adam and George from Hotel Indigo.

Adam welcomes guests

Adam welcomes guests to the Hotel Indigo opening.

Stiltwalkers Hotel Indigo

Colourful stilt walkers liven up the proceedings.


Dancers at the Indigo entertain guests.

APRIL 2012

Viz Comic Advert

Hi all, here's the update for April.

Easter has just passed, and it has been a very busy time indeed. We worked hard at the brewery so you could all “enjoy” your rest (you know what I mean).

Many of you headed to The Boathouse in Wylam where Norman and John hosted a Local Ale Festival. Great it was too, and we were well represented with delights such as Ouseburn Porter, Tyneside Blonde, Farne Island, Reiver IPA and Newcastle Pioneer. The latter two selling out in no time. Customers with great taste!

We are in this year’s Newcastle CAMRA Battle of the Beers, at the University of Northumbria, on Wednesday 18th.  Our offering is a 4.6% ABV beer called Grainger Ale.  It is light and balanced, with a fine hop and malt taste.  Indeed all of the entrants beers will be very light in colour, as the criteria was to brew a single malt ale using only pale ale malt, between 4% and 5%.  Maris Otter from Simpsons in our case.  Give it a whirl if you get to the festival. We are going to bottle some of this beer, and it will be one of the house brands at the brand new Indigo Hotel in the Newcastle City centre.  It is due to open in June with well over 100 rooms, and a Marco Pierre – White steak house.  The beer will be available in cask from Thursday 19th, and the bottles will be available to all of our usual outlets, when they are ready.

We placed an advert in the current Viz magazine with a link to our bottle retailer.  This has generated some extra business and exposure for us.

Happy Drinking.

MARCH 2012


Northumbrian Gold 4.5% now available in 500ml bottles - a light golden coloured ale with a biscuit malt flavour countered with floral and aromatic hops.

This months special - is Newcastle Pioneer at 4.2% ABV. A very refreshing bitter, quite highly hopped with Pioneer hops (hence the name). It is a past winner of The North East Battle of the Beers.

All vans - are now resplendent in the company’s livery, including our latest addition – a Ford Transit – and smart they look too.

Brewery equipment - finally, with some final modifications complete, the brewery equipment and the rest of the plant are working very well.  Hopefully, you the customer can taste this in the quality ales we produce.

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