‘Have you got any Nukey Brown?’
No, unfortunately we don’t but it’s a question we are asked fairly frequently these days. For the uninitiated, Newcastle ‘Nukey’ Brown is a traditional brown ale and a proud staple of many a local pub. Although it is by all accounts a fine tipple, it has dipped in popularity over the years. Not that it’s alone. Brown Ales in general have all but fallen to the wayside in favour of easy drinking, zestier pale ales with mass appeal. At least, this was the case until quite recently.
Brown Ale is making a comeback along with its close cousin, the equally brilliant Mild Ale. More and more breweries and micro breweries are producing new Brown Ales, making them a common sight in real ale pubs once again. Just in case you aren’t familiar with the style, here’s a basic description from www.beeradvocate.com:
‘Spawned from the Mild Ale, Brown Ales tend to be maltier and sweeter on the palate, with a fuller body. Colour can range from reddish brown to dark brown. Some versions will lean towards fruity esters, while others tend to be drier with nutty characters. All seem to have a low hop aroma and bitterness.’
Sound good? Well not wanting to fall behind on the world’s rekindled love of Brown Ale, we’ve begun to stock something very special…
‘Stokey Brown’ comes from (have you guessed yet?) Stoke Newington’s ‘Pressure Drop’ brewery. It’s a very young and humble operation but one that produces some very interesting beer.
Stokey Brown is one of their best – a perfect balance of sweet malted flavour and hoppy bitterness. We stock it by the bottle and while it may be more expensive than some alternatives, if you’re a fan of artisan products with something slightly different to offer then you’re going to love this. And coming in at 5.1%, it’s got that kick that gives a beer such as this an extra level of flavour that cannot go unmissed.
Next time you pop by craving rich yet dangerously drinkable Brown Ale, then why not give the Stokey Brown a try? It’s not Nukey Brown but, I can assure you, you will not be disappointed.
Read more about Pressure Drop brewery here.