Almasty has always been and always will be about experimentation and pushing boundaries.
Our Barrel Ageing programme is a core part of the brewery's development. In 2015 we bottled the first Bourbon Barrrel Aged Imperial Stout which was well received and quickly sold out.
In October 2016 another 10% Imperial Stout, which has been in Pinot Noir barrels for 12 months, is launched. Weighing in at 10% and racked into 660ml bottles like its predeccesor, large amounts of everything have gone into this beer: malt, hops, time, care and barrels all combine to balance out its big rich flavours.
Further barrels have been used to create a series of Sours. The first of these was a 5% Sour Mash Kettle sour aged for 6 months in freshly emptied Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. The influence of the barrel gave sweet bourbon and vanilla notes which run alongside the tart dry oak finish of the sour.
This was followed by a 5% Wild Cherry Sour that has been fermented in wet French Pinot Noir barrels for 12 months on sour cherries with both Lambic and Brett strains of yeast. Sour, tart complexity.
October 2016 will also see the bottling of a 5% Coffee Sour fermented in wet Pinot Noir barrels for 12 months with brett yeast. It has then been aged on freshly roasted Yirgacheffe coffee beans.
There is also an 5% Amarillo Sour fermented in wet Pinot Noir barrels for 12 months with Brett Yeast. This has then been dry hopped with Amarillo and Nelson Sauvin.
Almasty celebrated its second birthday in August 2016 and marked the event with an open day and canning an ale for the first time.
Almasty Pale Ale comes in at 5.1% and offers big, punchy, tropical hop aromas and flavours from the USA's finest in season, on form hops.
Check out the canning process in the video below.
Join us at the brewery for our free party on Saturday 20th August 1pm - 10pm
With an outside cask & keg bar serving 8 Almasty Beers and some very special one off ales, along with the launch of our Almasty Pale Ale in cans!
Helping us celebrate the occasion we have some of the North East’s finest street food vendors.
Kings of the smokehouse Longhorns Barbecue Smokehouse will be here, serving up a special menu of their super tender shredded meat. The undisputed queens of the pizza world Scream For Pizza will be making a one off special birthday pizza, using one our beers as part of their menu. Finally, we will have The Grind Newcastle smashing their world famous patties and building some of the juiciest burgers known to man.
We have three North East Bands performing live on our truck trailer stage with the first act confirmed as Blackwater Rock playing a mix of roots, blues and old school rock, with two more acts to announce. Keep an eye out for updates over the next few days.
Our friends from #eastcoastinc will be along for the launch of our collaboration beer East Coast Inc Pale Rider, which will also be launching on the day. They will also be bringing some muscle to the proceedings in the form of Northern Muscle showing us the best the region has to offer in U.S hot-rods and custom motorcycles.
This is a free event and not to be missed!
Check out our map for directions, or…
To make things a little easier, we will be running a shuttle bus direct from The Free Trade Inn to the brewery.
Contact the brewery: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 0191 253 1639 for more info and to reserve a seat on the bus.
Almasty will be at Bottle Shop Bar & Kitchen’s Waterloo Weekender V2 from noon till 11.30pm Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August.
We will be taking on Northern Monk from Leeds in a battle of the brewers as they travel up from what they believe is the 'True North' to attempt to beat us on home soil. Make sure you are there to show your support as we battle it out beer for beer!
The Weekender is the only place to be for Street Food, Craft Beer, Cocktails & DJ's this Bank Holiday.
All weekend there will be street food by:
Plus an indoor Piano Cocktail Bar by Brewbox and DJ's from Soul Jam & Mad Love.
UPDATE... Our Imperial Stout won the battle!