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Newcastle Brown Ale

Formerly EU Protected Name

A full bodied reddish brown beer, 4.7% ABV, with a distinctive bitter-sweet taste, usually packaged in a clear flint glass bottle. Typically the ale is consumed from a 12 fl oz 'Wellington' glass. This allows the drinker to regularly top-up the beer and thereby maintain a frothy 'head'.

Introduced by Colonel J. Porter in 1925, but modified over the following three years. In Newcastle, the beer is often referred to as 'Broon' or 'Dog', elsewhere it is known as 'Newky Brown'.

Scottish and Newcastle Breweries obtained a European protected geographical indication preventing anyone outside the city of Newcastle from making a beer called 'Newcastle Brown Ale'. Unfortunately they themselves decided in 2004 to move out of the City and across the river Tyne to Gateshead and, after some legal hoop jumping, succeeded in having the name protection revoked. In 2009 they planned to move production away from Tyneside altogether, to the John Smith's factory at Tadcaster in Yorkshire.

Newcastle Brown Ale
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