Patrick Warburton is looking to cement the Trent House, on Leazes Lane in Newcastle, as a feature in Camra’s Good Beer Guide by becoming one of a raft of city boozers that are now set to make their own beer.
And he’s hoping that despite being pretty green when it comes to hops, his simple £1,700 setup and a passion for good ale will help see him through.
“Our main focus is just to get something setup, have a bit of fun, and learn about the brewing side of things,” he said.
“Nobody here has ever brewed before, but everyone has a passion for the ale, so hopefully it should be good”
Patrick is receiving help and advice from Ouseburn Valley Brewery’s Nigel Mothersole, who used to brew beneath South Gosforth’s Brandling Villa pub, and Wylam Brewery, and the publican said he felt fortunate that he knew a few people that could help.
So far Patrick is still working on trial brews, with the most likely to graduate to the pub’s six handpulls being a 4 to 4.2% ABV blonde.
Elsewhere on the city’s Quayside The Bridge Tavern has recently opened complete with it’s own brewery, and in the coming weeks Hop and Cleaver, a joint venture between Temptation Brewery and Ladhar Leisure, is set to welcome drinkers.