Image: Julia Austin, managing director of Tyne Bank Brewery, and Rich Higgins, bar manager
The Ouseburn Valley area of Newcastle is already chock full of great places to drink, and with the opening of Tyne Bank’s new brewery tap this month, thirsty drinkers have yet another place to test out their tipples.
The brewery have invested a considerable whack (with much of the money coming from a successful crowdfunding campaign) in their new flagship premises, expanding their enterprise to include a tap house and event space, where regular live music events are hoped to become a fixture.
Located at 375 Walker Road, not far from their previous St Lawrence Road site, the brewery will throw open their doors on Friday 21st October for a weekend of live bands, DJs and street food, with beer tasting sessions and tours of the new brewery also on offer.
The venue will be open from Wednesday to Sunday, with drinkers able to enjoy an open view of the brewhouse in action as it prepares their signature brews, including their award-winning Silver Dollar and Summer Breeze lines. Grand plans are in the pipeline for the North East’s first canning line, which will also be available for other breweries to utilise.
Newly appointed bar manager Rich Higgins is excited to throw the doors open: “Tyne Bank have made an impressive impact on the North East brewing scene over the past five years, and I’m delighted to be involved with a venture that will add to Newcastle’s reputation as a leading city for independent brewers.” It’s hoped that the venue will become a regular on the region’s music scene too. “We’ll have a stage for bands and musicians for when we put on weekender events/gigs and food venders will also be down regularly. We’re hoping to keep the venue ticket free and always open to the public. The space itself is really flexible and will lend itself to an array of events/activities. We hope to host film nights, creative workshops, brewery tours, perhaps clothes fares and art exhibitions.”