final black storm month

STORM CHASER OF THE MONTH returns and this months winner certainly deserves the accolade, following an impressive month.
Here at Black Storm, we are ever-changing, always thinking about the next month, next beer or next venture.
But one thing remains, our first bar, our first born, our bread and butter - STORM CELLAR Whitley Bay.
Therefore, this months Storm Chaser of the Month goes to Dan, bar manager of Storm Cellar. Dan's personality, drive and love of Black Storm has enabled our Whitley Bar to continue to thrive and under his leadership the bar has growth from strength-to-strength.
To prove our point, Dan and Storm Cellar have recently been nominated for bar of the year 2019 at the Great British Pub awards in the LGBTQ+ category, and we are confident they'll come away victorious.
Storm Cellar is central in the Black Storm journey and with Dan at the helm they are sure to continue to grow.
Great passionate work Dan, keep it going, we know you will!


The arrival of the latest 12 beers in 12 months project beer has shaken the Northern craft beer scene, with its daring design and bold summer flavours.

In collaboration with Tyne Bank Brewery, SHAKEDOWN - a 6.4% peach and apricot milkshake IPA has stunned punters over the weekend with its refreshing and appealing taste.

Brewed with vibrant Eldorado and Simcoe hops, has a beautiful golden orange body created using oats, wheat and a dash of caramel - this is a beer that you all must try!

The feedback we have received from our venues over the weekend is that Shakedown has been flying out the fridges, with many taking inspiration and picturing the moment (we love seeing customer photos of our beer!)

This highly anticipated beer has certainly caught the attention across the North East, a key reason for this has to be the awesome design of Ouseburn by Dan Underwood, this striking illustration is defiantly an eye-catcher.

As always, these collaboration beers are limited edition, we can already tell that these will not be around for long!

Pick some up at any of our venues - before its too late!


Yes, that is right. AWARD-WINNERS.

We are overjoyed to announce that Tropical Storm and Porter has been awarded at the Great Taste Awards 2019!

We always knew our Tropical Storm and Porter were some of best beers around, the 2/3 stars credited to us confirms our suspicions, they ARE great.

A 2-star rating is dubbed by the Great Taste committee as ‘above and beyond delicious - less than 10% of entries will achieve this rating.’

Great Taste awards evening is a world-renowned event, with over 12,000 food and drink entries from over 100 countries. This historical event was founded in 1994 and is widely regarded as THE awards ceremony for food and drink.

Sinking in? Even writing this, we are beginning to realise the enormity of it!

Anyway…yes sorry...

We have received some fantastic feedback from the judges, here’s a quick sample of some:

Tropical Storm

“A good citrus note, good sweetness, hop bitterness works well, a good effervescence and juiciness and the strong finish.”

“The sweet explosion in the mouth and coriander spice notes are pleasing, we loved the long/bitter sweet finish.”

“We could drink it all day.”


“A wonderfully rich deep ruby coffee colour, a sweet and chocolatey with an undercurrent of fruit, a great beer.”

“Loved the length of the finish, it just kept giving, with a really lovely rounded texture.”

“The flavour delivered, the anticipated hoppy bitterness, with plenty of vanilla, chocolate and nutty notes, lovely depth of flavour."

As you can see, the judges were thrilled with our beer, and we are jubilant with the feedback we have received!

Thanks to everyone who has made this possible - next time you enjoy a Tropical Storm or Porter, it might taste even better, as you're now drinking a globally acclaimed beer!

The Storm is circling the North 🍻

A farewell from our intern

My time at Black Storm is over! Being an intern, I have done such an array of things it’s difficult to really describe what my main role was, but what I can confidently say is that I enjoyed every minute of it!

From having a go at creating van designs, to watching beer being brewed, to creating content for Newcastle Pride, I have watched Black Storm evolve and connect with so many people throughout my time and it has been an amazing experience! 

To anyone looking to build their experience to aid their journey towards their dream career I cannot recommend finding yourself an internship enough - I have learnt so many transferrable skills I know I will be able to use in the future and in my last year of University.  

As we all know the Black Storm team are all great and I can’t thank them enough for this opportunity!

Thanks guys! 

'Pride of Black Storm'

We thoroughly enjoyed Newcastle Pride over the weekend. Beer Box Newcastle and Drop Everything And Drink were a joy to behold - an array of colour embarked into our city centre venues.

We created this video to show our support to the community.



For the long journey to Tunbridge Wells for the seventh Pub in the Park festival, the Black Storm team were feeling optimistic, loaded with a heavily stocked van full of delightful beer.

The live music and promise of outstanding food brought in groups of friends and families, all praying for the sunshine to remain for the entire weekend.

As per, the team pitched up alongside other independent companies, who have continued to lighten up our weekends, with their warm and generosity.

Equipped with the exclusive Pub in the Park IPA can, Summer Storm and the limited edition Pilsner, there was no surprise that all three flew out.

Friday night was wrapped up by Rick Astley, who thrilled the crowds with his classics ballads, prior to Astley's performance, Paul -  Black Storm's Pub in the Park specialist was busy serving customers, keen on sampling the entire collection of beers.

Thankfully for traders and festival goers alike, the summer sun kept spirits high, a huge plus for Paul, as the sun brought plenty customers to the Black Storm stall. Sun + Beer = the perfect mix for a lazy weekend.

Thus far, the Pub in the Park fest has not disappointed, with only two left of year, the Black Storm team are excited for that the concluding festivals will offer.

Across the country the teams have met so many lovely people, expanding our cliental and creating more Storm Chasers.

Black Storm will return in September as the festival continues at Cheswick House & Gardens on the 6th-8th. See you there!

strm chaser

For the second Storm Chaser of the Month, there’s been much debate on who should claim the title. This ‘prestigious’ award is given to an individual who has gone up and beyond this past month.

The Black Storm story is expanding rapidly and our bars are at the heartbeat of delivering superb hospitality to customers.

Our Storm Chaser of the Month made the transfer from Storm Cellar Whitley Bay to Drop Everything And Drink and has instantly been touted as a talented Bar Manager, leading with a welcoming, determined approach.

Therefore, Lauren is the well-deserved winner of June/July’s award, our Newcastle city centre bar has grown from strength to strength; the hosting of successful tap takeovers, Beer Box Beer Clubs and the first-ever quiz night, highlights the progress the bar has made.

Lauren’s reputation within Storm Cellar, charming customers and forming likeable relationships has driven punters into Drop Everything And Drink, who are returning frequently due to the level of service and warm shown towards them.

There's no doubt that Lauren's steering the bar in an exciting direction, keep up the great work!



A taste of Czech Republic

Last week, you may have seen a strange looking man lying on the beach at Whitley Bay Seafront, covered head to toe in sand, seaweed and salty water.

If you were lucky enough to be in-or-around the beach on that sunny Wednesday morning, you might of spotted a glimpse of a beer can photoshoot.

Those cans were Black Storms latest beer - a light Czech style Pilsner comprised from a single saaz hop load. Previously only available via keg at our Storm Cellar bars or Drop Everything And Drink; the popularity of the Pilsner made the decision for us, that we must get this canned, quickly!

The Pilsner is part one of a four can project - celebrating the North and will be joined by other innovative design concepts later this year.

The sea and beach artwork is a homage to our past, taking us back to the early days of Black Storm.

The Pilsner cans are limited edition, so make you get pick one up at any of our bars, retail shops or on the festival circuit.


14,000 people commenced to Warwick for the first-ever Pub in the Park festival in the West Midlands.

For the fifth time on the summer tour, the Black Storm team - comprising of only Paul this time - who not for the first time, flew the Black Storm flag as he travelled South eagerly ready to supply the great people of Warwick with some fantastic beer.

Unlike at the previous festival in Bath, Paul was armed with a range of new beers, perfect timing, offering the Pub in the Park punters a new array of beer to get stuck into.

Cans of the new Czech style Pilsner, June’s 12 beers in 12 months collaboration ‘Gentleman of Letters’ and Great British Blonde - all released in the week running up to the fest, demonstrated what the Black Storm team knew already - that these cans would be a huge success this summer.

As the Friday night sun beamed over the Warwick, a buzz was felt across the festival in expectancy for what the next few days would bring; the promise of live music and outstanding food options was occupied by Paul’s appetite to provide the finest beer there.

Upon setting up for Saturdays morning session, there was feeling amongst the traders that super Saturday would prove to be the busiest period of the weekend, and the teams were not wrong. All of the products flew out, with customers frequently returning for a different beer.

For the final day, crowds flocked through the now famous Pub in the Park gates, as the guarantee of a gorgeous day was forecasted. Paul's expertise for the perfect afternoon beer was reflected, as sales continued to prosper, the exclusive PITP IPA performed well and demonstrated why the Black Storm brewed this speciality can.

Overall, the weekend was again a victory for the Black Storm team, Paul’s knowledge and desire to satisfy our loyal customers proved key to a successful fest.

Dunorian Park in Tunbridge Wells is home for the next chapter of Tom Kerridge’s festival tour.


Today, sees the release of latest 12 Beers in 12 Months project beer in collaboration with our very own Autumn Brewing Co.

This special edition beer named 'The Death of Love Gentleman of Letters' is a 4.8% Dark Roust Stout and is a copy of the ALT BREW 3 beer - this naturally gluten-free stout enjoyed success nationwide, selling out almost immediately.

ALT BREW 3 - winner of the free from food award is dark in colour and finished with a subtle nutty aroma, with a hint of dark chocolate and dry finish.

It's with huge excitement that we bring you this beer, joining our two brands together for the 12 Beers project.

The 2019 monthly beer release had seen us work alongside several breweries and some of the most creative designers. This months is from Ciarán Glöbel and showcases a modern, eye-catching artwork which is sure to be certain head-turner within our bars and retailers.

'Gentleman of Letters' is now available in all our venues via can or keg. We're expecting this to fly out, so make sure you get yourself one before its too late!