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Exported beers from the Stables Brewery will take taste of the North East to Russia

The Stables Brewery, from left, Dave Porter and Master Brewer John Taylor
The Stables Brewery, from left, Dave Porter and Master Brewer John Taylor

A brewer and his creations are heading to Russia to give Moscow its first taste of British beer after Russian drinkers discovered an ale with the same name as their local bar.

British brewers used to export their strongest dark beers as Russian imperial stouts, but this time a rather different beer from the Stables Brewery in County Durham will be winging its way to the Russian capital, accompanied by its maker.

The team at The Stables bar and microbrewery at Beamish Hall is sending Bobby Dazzler, a 4.2% golden premium made from lager malt and traditional English hops, to Russia for Moscow’s first ever British Beer Festival.

The Stables’ very own master brewer, John Taylor, will attend the festival in Russia to give talks on brewing and traditional British pub life. It all came about after visitors from Russia discovered the Stable’s Bobby Dazzler – which has the same name as their local bar back home – while they were on holiday in the North East two years ago.

A strong partnership has been forged between John and one of the holidaymakers, Yuri Shulakov, in the years since – resulting in the invitation to join Russia’s first festival of beer and British pub culture.

The festival, which will run from May 21-24, is expected to attract around 5,000 people and will offer music, games and entertainment as well as experiencing all that British pub life has to offer – from traditional English and Scottish breakfasts and afternoon tea, to popular UK television programmes and, of course, plenty of beer and ale.

The ale from Beamish Hall will be available alongside a range of beers from other small breweries, as well as those from larger well-known names such as Fullers.

John Taylor, who is the master brewer at The Stables, says: “It’s an absolute privilege to be asked to send our ale over to the festival for the people of Russia to enjoy; but to be asked to attend and share knowledge with peers and enthusiasts is a bonus.

“Cask ales, craft beers and other similar drinks are becoming popular all over the world, and celebrations large and small like Oktoberfest and even our own Beamish Hall Winter Ale Festival, are a huge draw – so it’s great to see our twin pub in Moscow bringing this to life.”

Yuri Shulakov, one of the organisers of the city’s Real Ale Festival, says: “Our celebration will be the first of its kind in Moscow, as well as the whole of Russia, so we want to make sure that we get everything right. I know first-hand what a talented, enthusiastic and expert brewer John is, so look forward to him sharing his knowledge – and his beer – when he arrives in Moscow.”

Big name brewer brings beers to town

One of the biggest names in British brewing is heading to Newcastle next week with a plethora of their beers in tow.

On Thursday May 14 Redchurch – one of London’s most highly regarded breweries – will be running a tap takeover and meet the brewer event at the Free Trade Inn in Ouseburn, Byker.

Redchurch Brewery will be joining Mick Potts and the Free Trade team for the latest leg of their Wild Tour, promoting their latest forays into wild, farmhouse and sour beers.

Alongside the four or so new Redchurch beers they’ll also have some of the brewery’s core favourites, all accompanied by the Scream For Pizza van providing the evening’s food offering.

The new Redchurch beers on their Wild Tour will include Tartellete table sour, Wild Isolation brett fermented sour, Petit Mort session saison, and Little Earth, a blended brett fermented rye sour and saison.

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