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Consett Ale Works to honour Glenn McCrory

Consett Ale Works is launching a new beer to celebrate the fact that it’s almost 30 years since Glenn McCrory became the very first person from the North East to hold a boxing world title.

Labelled “Our Hero”, the 3.8 per cent traditional English pale ale will be launched by Consett Ale Works at The Grey Horse pub, in Sherburn Terrace, Consett with a talk by McCrory at 7.30pm on Monday, April 8.

The boxer's historical feat took place on June 3, 1989, when he landed the Cruiserweight title at the Louisa Centre in Stanley, in front of 1,500 spectators and a live, international television audience.

With him at the launch will be North East playwright Ed Waugh, who has has written Carrying David, a one-man comedy-drama outlining McCrory's dramatic rise and the role the boxer's terminally-ill brother David played in that historical feat. Carrying David will tour the region in May and June.

David Wilkinson of the award-winning Grey Horse, said: “Glenn is a sporting superstar hailing from north-west Durham, so it was a no-brainer to celebrate his brilliant achievement to link in with the 30th anniversary of his victory and Carrying David.

“Consett Ale Works brew beers to celebrate the region’s industrial heritage of shipbuilding, coal and steelmaking which have forged the backbone of our proud northern landscape. Glenn is a product of that wonderful heritage. His father was a Consett steel worker and his four uncles were miners in local pits."

Glenn said: “I joined Consett Sports Centre boxing club aged 12 and my amateur boxing debut took place on October 6, 1979, in Witton Gilbert working men’s club - a fortnight after my 15th birthday. Great memories.

“I trained in Consett for the world title fight - running the Consett Moors every day with my wonderful trainer Alan Walker who still lives in Castleside. I even ran a pub there.

“I’m delighted Consett Ale Works are brewing a beer to commemorate the world title. It’s a canny pint, as well.”

Our Hero, available in cask and bottles, is on sale at the Grey Horse, in Consett, and will be rolled out to other pubs and outlets throughout the region.

A limited number of tickets, costing £5, are available for the official launch of Our Hero at The Grey Horse, or contact Mr Wilkinson on 01207-502585.


S43 have launched two new American craft beers as part of their brand evolvement and diversification plans in to the UK craft beer market.

The North-East based brewery launched their ‘evolution’ campaign last year with a whole new look changing their brand logo and their name from Sonnet 43 Brew House to simply S43. They have now introduced two new beers as part of their development plans; Get Snozzed and Go Go Juice.

While the brewery has always believed in experimentation in their recipes, Michael Harker, Head Brewer of S43 will continue to manage the English ales, while new Senior Craft Brewer, Alex Rattray has been appointed by the company to add a burst of inventiveness into the products through American craft.

Introducing a whole new look and feel to the brand, Get Snozzed and Go Go Juice introduce a series of one off limited edition releases by S43.  The two pale ales are an integral part of the brewery’s business development plan, which focusses on diversifying S43’s offering with a range of progressive new beers yielded from an American craft beer style for the UK Market.  Each recipe in this range will be crafted by Alex, who’s mandate is to be as explorative and experimental as possible. The brewery has also confirmed that upgrades in their equipment are now complete, enabling them to produce new flavour forward batches.

Go Go Juice is a strong New England IPA with an ABV of 6.5% the beer’s tasting notes describing it as having a strong fruity flavour profile, like ‘biting into a fresh piece of fruit right off a tree’. Expect big tropical aromas with pineapple, mango and citrus finishing with a soft bitterness.

The second new line product Get Snozzed is a slightly thicker and sweeter Double IPA with a whopping 7.3% ABV in keg & can. The Taste profile Starts off as candy floss sweet, the flavour then turns fruity with infusions of papaya and mango, leaving a lingering sweetness and creamy texture.

Both new line products for S43 Brewery are vegan friendly.

While S43 have made it very clear they are switching up their image, they assure all consumers that their brand message and heritage remain the same.

Managing Director of the brewery, Mark Hird said: ‘S43 has a strong English heritage that will remain consistent in all of our business development plans. Our primary focus in the past has been to create quality English ales, which will persist with our Head Brewer Michael Harker. However, with Alex’s appointment we’re keen to keep up with current consumer trends and find our place in the UK American craft market.’

‘This new range has given us a renewed vigour and real spark of creativity in our new hop-forward batches. Ultimately our brand message is ‘for the love of beer’, and whether this is through traditional English ales or American craft beers we simply want our consumers to appreciate our beers.’

‘To launch these new beers, we have collaborated with a young creative team to ensure our brand message is communicated effectively to our existing market.  This is their first commercial creative brief and we’re thrilled with the outcome of their work so far.’ 

With plans to also collaborate with fellow state brew house Fortnight Brewing Co. in late 2019, it is a very exciting year for this North-East brewery.

Notice of AGM - 2019

Dear Members,

Notice is hereby given that the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Durham Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 8th April, at the Tap & Spile, Front Street, Framwellgate Moor.

All branch members are welcome to attend this important meeting, where the Committee for the next year will be elected and the 2018 Accounts will be received. If you are interested in standing for a position on the Committee, please reply to this email so we can discuss further. The full list of positions can be found in the constitution (see below).

Additionally there will be a proposed amendment to the Branch's constitution. In order to better reflect the current operation of the branch it is proposed to amend the Branch Committee Composition section as follows:

  • Remove Pub Campaigns Officer and replace with Pubs Officer
  • Remove Pub Protection Officer and replace with Vice Chair
  • Remove Club Campaigns Coordinator and replace with GBG Coordinator
  • Remove Women's Officer and replace with Social Media Officer

The existing constitution may be found here:

Pub and Club of the Year 2019

This year a new award as been created by providing separate Town, City and Country titles to provide recognition to the work done by pubs in the other urban centres in the branch region.

The Town awards are for the best pubs in these towns:
Bishop Auckland, Crook, Chester-le-Street, Consett, Ferryhill, Peterlee, Seaham, Sedgefield, Spennymoor, Stanley and Tow Law

  • City Pub of the Year: Victoria, Durham. Runner-up: Station House, Durham
  • Town Pub of the Year: Grey Horse, Consett. Runner-up: Butchers Arms, Chester-le-Street
  • Country Pub of the Year: Three Horseshoes, Leamside. Runner-up: Surtees Arms, Ferryhill Station
  • Club of the Year: Tanfield Lea WMC. Runner-up: Durham City Rugby Club
  • Country Cider Pub of the Year: Black Bull, Frosterley. Runner-up: Black Lion, Wolsingham
  • City Cider Pub of the Year: Station House, Durham. Runner-up: Head of Steam, Durham
  • Town Cider Pub of the Year: Caps Off, Bishop Auckland. Runner-up: Grand Electric Hall, Spennymoor

Beer Swap

Simon Miller, a CAMRA member from The High Peak,Tameside and North East Cheshire branch has contacted us to inform us of a beer swap he's organised with Alan from The Yard of Ale brewery (the Surtees, Ferryhill Station) with the Greenfield brewery near his home, He's taking some of Alans beers back to a new micropub in Droylsden, Manchester called the Silly Country. @silly_country (on twitter). He willl be arriving this Sunday, July 1st, at The Surtees Arms, then heading up to the North East coast to sample some more beers. This will probably be Greenfield"s first appearance in CAMRA Durham's area, so why not pop along to the Surtees and give it a try once it's settled?