The Ship Inn Brewery opened in March 2008, after 9 months of converting our garage, a long held ambition of ours was realised with the opening of our very own Ship Inn Brewery! We were fortunate to secure the services of brewer Michael Hegarty and our initial brews of Ship Hop Ale, Sandcastles at Dawn and Dolly Day Dream were very well received.
Eleven years on and the brewery has moved from strength to strength. The pub is now self sufficient in real ale, with beer brewed on the premises and rolled a mere 10ft from brewery to cellar. The word local has come to mean just that, and with no deliveries from other brewers we have significantly reduced our carbon footprint.
All change in the brewery with Michael having retired and headed off to pastures blue! With great excitement we have gained the excellent brewing skills of our new head brewer Olly Eltringham! Olly has previously brewed at Hadrian and Border Brewery for several years, studied his craft at Brewlab, worked at The Ship Inn in a different role, run his own successful café in Corbridge and a very busy pub in Leeds! We are delighted to have Olly back at The Ship now as head brewer, where his skills shall be put to good use with new brews alongside some of the old favourites.
For the beer buffs amongst you, facts and figures!
- Brewery opened March 2008
- Kit consisted of six 2 ½ brewers barrels
- Vessels capable of producing five brewers barrels per week
- Two extra vessels commissioned Christmas 2009
- Brewery now produces :
7 ½ brewers barrels per week Or 24 x 9 gallon casks per week Or 1,728 pints!
- We produce over 20 different beers
- 16 beers are brewed in constant rotation
- We brew three times per week
- All beers are to be bottled available exclusively at The Ship
Sandcastles at Dawn 3.8%
White Horses 4.2%
Indian Summer 4.4%
Sea Wheat 4.0%
Sea Coal 4.0%
Raspberry Wheat 4.2%
Dolly Daydream 4.3%
Ship Hop Ale 4.0%
Red Herring 3.8%
Trade Winds 4.2%
Sea Dog 4.2%
Newton Stout 4.1%
Specials / Seasonal
100/200/300 etc... Not out – every 100 brews 4.2%
Ale-lelujah Christmas beer 4.2%
The Forsyth Lager 5.0%
Water is taken from the river Coquet at Warkworth, out of the tap and into the vessels. Malt from Thomas Fawcett and all the beers use the same bittering hop called ‘Arora’.