So here we are on our third stop of our Newcastle brewery tour - Anarchy Brew Co in Morpeth.
If there was an ideal and idyllic location to cycle to to visit a brewery, this was it. Once we were out of Jesmond and into the Northumbrian countryside, the sun came out and so did all our fellow cyclists. Plenty of quiet country roads complete with chugging tractors and rolling fields. It was definitely our highlight of the cycling on this trip, and a gave us great taste of the cycling that's on offer in Northumberland.
All that said, sadly it was only a relatively short ride of 16 odd miles to the brewery so having only just got into the groove, we were no sooner arriving at the Whitehouse Farm centre, with the 10bbl brewery nestled amongst the shops, cafe and farm zoo!
We were warmly greeted by Andrew, with whom we'd arranged to meet and interview in the absence of the brewery owners Dawn and Simon, who were taking a well earned holiday. Andrew gave us a quick tour of the brewery, before lining up a couple of beer samples whilst we set up for the interview. He informed us that Anarchy started life in 2012, and now produce a staggering number (13 according to the website!) of big flavoured beers, ranging from their citrus based session 'Blond Star' up to the face-slapping 10% 100 minute IPA 'War Head' in cask, keg and bottle. Our favourite had to be 'The Algorithim', a super Belgian wheat beer brewed in collaboration with a French band called, you've guessed it, The Algorithim, which hid it's 6% strength far too well. Good job we only had a third...
Now, with Andrew not being the usual subject of brewer or owner in front of the camera, our line of questioning was a little different than the norm but we're sure you'll enjoy it as much as usual - Andrew is extremely knowledgable and enthusiastic about all things beer. Check out his blog Oh Beery Me (especially his Beer366 project...)
On to Andrew then, and his wise words:
Hope you watched it right to the end...
The ride is part of our three brewery circular day trip, Anarchy being the first out in Morpeth. GPX available here.
Music - Antiek 'Dogma' www.soundcloud.com/anitek