Wylam Brewery was founded in 2000, and has grown and developed into a destination brewery in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park within the the Palace of Arts, the sole remaining building from the 1929 North East Exhibition and undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking brewery spaces in the world. This stunning venue hosts Craft Beer Calling, a festival we have enjoyed several times both as attendees and as a guest brewery, and which is renowned for its Northern hospitality and Kate Bush dance-offs.
Under the leadership of Dave Stone and Head Brewer Ben Wilkinson Wylam have come a very long way from their roots as a cask-focused brewery born out of a potting shed in the village of Wylam, Northumberland, which largely served a risk-averse local market. In only a few years, they have broken free of the previous constraints and now produce some of the most well-thought-of juicy pales and IPAs in the UK, as part of a daring and experimental range, but with a traditional core that will never die. We’ve collaborated on two beers in the past with them: World Collide in 2016 and the Strong Brown Ale for the Northern Powerhouse Series in 2018.
FESTIVAL BEER LIST
Jakehead, 6.3% IPA (vg)
Macchiato, 6.5% Hazelnut Praline Coffee Porter
Final Pulse, 6.8% IPA (vg)
Chasing Mirrors Through A Haze, 7.1% IPA (vg)
Verdieping Nil (w/ Verdant), 8% DIPA (vg)
Imperial Macchiato, 10% Double Hazelnut Praline Coffee Porter
Bourbon BA Jekyll and Hyde, 10% Double Stout Porter aged in bourbon barrels (vg)
English Quad (w/ Smedsbo Slott Sweden), 11.5% English Quad (vg)
* (vg) = vegan