Diners overwhelmed by evening of feasting and Anarchy in Newcastle

DRINKERS and diners came together to enjoy a night of feasting and Anarchy (Brew Co) at the Broad Chare in Newcastle.

The event – organised by brewers Simon and Dawn Miles and pub owner Terry Laybourne – saw scores of hungry beer fans turn out to see the Morpeth-based firm’s range of craft booze paired with tasty treats cooked up by head chef Chris Eagle.

“”We discussed the beers first, what was available, what the brewery would like to show, and I came up with what I thought might be some reasonable food matches,” said Terry Laybourne, famous for his Cafe 21 restaurant on Newcastle Quayside.

Arriving at the pub for the £25 a head evening drinkers were given a glass of Crime Scene, the Whitehouse Farm Centre firm’s new “hybrid amber,” then it was up to the dining room for a starter of bar snacks – including pork pies, scotch eggs, radishes, deep fried monkfish cheeks and cauliflower fritters – and a glass of 6.6% IPA Quiet Riot.

Main came in the form of a roast suckling pig stuffed with kidneys, liver, red onions, red wine & bread, balanced with a fruity bottle of Anarchy lager.

And diners were then treated to an “experimental” unnamed bitter amber rye – introduced by the waiters as Grin and Bear It, but it was not Anarchy’s recently released wheat hybrid brew.

Even before the pudding – a  18 month aged Montgomery cheddar paired with Sublime Chaos – some of those in attendance were feeling overwhelmed.

“The problem is we’ve had a large range of beers,” said one customer, Phil. “We’ve went from bitterness to hoppiness, I cannot describe them, we’ve just tasted so much.

“I thought it was fantastic.”