strm chaser

At Black Storm Brewery we really have the best team, this is why we are starting a monthly appreciation post, showcasing a team member who’s gone the extra mile this past month.

Working at Black Storm no two days are ever the same, we could be at a festival, setting up a new shop or bar, delivering beers nationally or serving our wonderful customers.

This however would be impossible without our Logistics Manager - Mr Black Storm Van himself - Gordon.

Without Gordons hard work, passion and expertise, we would struggle to keep up with our busy schedule.

Last year Gordon was recruited as a part-time delivery driver and has grown alongside Black Storm, as the company has developed into an exciting, forward-thinking brewery.

An example of Gordon’s versatility was perfectly highlighted last week. Having spent three days in Leeds for the Pub in the Park festival, the team and Gordon arrived back in Whitley Bay late on Sunday night, only to be in the office Monday and Tuesday to attend managers meetings and to plan the week ahead; Wednesday and Thursday he was off to Manchester, to build Beer Box in Hatch - Black Storm’s newest venture; and finally Friday-Sunday was spent at another festival, this time in Seaham.

Nevertheless, most weeks are usually just as hectic - sometimes even crazier, and Gordon is usually the man in the centre of making things run smoothly.

Hats off to you Gordon, the Black Storm team are more than grateful for your efforts, continue the great work!

#stormchaser


Pub in the park festival - Knutsford

For the third edition of the Pub in the Park summer tour Black Storm were welcomed with open arms to Knutsford in Cheshire, a lovely destination to continue the 2019 festival circuit.

As per, the Black Storm team left Whitley Bay early on Friday morning, excited for what the weekend would entail, fully stocked with the complete range of Black Storm beers and spirits, including Tropical and Summer Storm - easily the most popular festival beers thus far.

Despite the odd torrential rain shower, the crowds poured into the fest, equipped with ponchos, umbrellas and wellies, all keen to enjoy their weekends and get stuck into some of Black Storm beers.

For the first time ever the Black Storm team pitched up two stalls, one for Black Storm products and one for Autumn Brewing Co. products - our gluten-free range of beers and lagers.

This trial, separating the two brands was a calculated risk, which ultimately paid off as the festival goers loved the option of two different stalls. Autumn beers ALT BREW 1 and 2, proved to be high in demand, a pleasing sight prior the release of ALT BREW 3 later this month.

Last year, Black Storm took ownership of the gluten-free brewery and has offered customers who are unable to enjoy a traditional beer with an alternative option; without losing any taste.

As the curtain closed over another successful festival, the Black Storm team reflected on an action-packed weekend.

Paul Hughes, Managing Director of Black Storm summed the event as a “true festival experience in the rain, mud and sunshine, but again, another tremendously enjoyable weekend.”

The Pub in the Park tour continues at Royal Victoria in Bath on the 21st-23rd of June.


New to brew

Hey Chasers! 

Yesterday I went along to the brewing of our June 12beers12months collaboration with Tyne Bank Brewery. Being someone who knew little to nothing about the whole process I entered the building with the perception I was about to watch a factory line of machines create the collaboration beer. Much to be surprised at what a craft it truly is! 

Ryan, one of the brewers at Tyne Bank, was running back and forth between the hot liquor tank and the malt hopper beginning the first process of the entire brew. At this point I was standing with Kieran, one of our Beer Box geniuses, asking question after question about the whole process. Ask him anything and he will know, I was learning about the origin of the ingredients to why hops can change flavour profile, from what makes a good beer to why each brew can take a different amount of time. Suddenly I realised what a craft the whole process was, one wrong move and the whole brew would potentially be ruined. 

As we came to the end of the first process it was evident to me how much I underestimated the true passion that lies within the craft beer industry, and what makes our beers so good - time and effort. Next time you pick up a can educated yourself on the process of making it, and you might just appreciate it that little bit more! 

Harriet, Black Storm’s Marketing Intern


SUMMER STORM.

The highly anticipated Summer Storm - the fastest selling beer of 2018, returned into Black Storm venues last weekend, resulting in punters scrambling to get their hands on one.

Following many rumours and speculation, Summer Storm’s homecoming is a welcome addition to the Black Storm range of seasonal beers.

Some of you might have seen Fiona the Flamingo across our social media in the past few weeks and her reappearance in Storm Cellar. This hinted to storm chasers that last year’s most popular beer could be returning.

Served in can or via keg, the festival team headed for the Pub in the Park last weekend equipped with 10 crates of cans and boy did Leeds love them.

The Black Storm bars have also reaped the rewards of the new arrival as customers remarked on how the 2019 version is even more superior than the 2018 edition.

This 4% refreshing blonde beer has a sweet kick with strong flavours of cream soda, finishing with a hoppy aftertaste from first gold hops.

Go and enjoy a pint or can of Summer Storm before Fiona the Flamingo gets her beak into it all.


Pub in the Park Festival - Leeds

As the Black Storm team headed off back down the A1 to the North East, renditions of Will Young's hit song “Leave Right Now” - Sundays headline act - could not be further from the truth for Black Storm.

The weekend proved to be a huge success, crowds entered Roundhay Park from all over the North West; mancunians, scousers and yorkies all appeared keen to have fantastic time at the three-day festival.

Festival goers were overjoyed with the array of options; Weston Biltong, Noisy Nuts, Sipsmith Gin, Great British Cheese and Tom Kerridge's pop-up kitchen all relished in the relaxed atmosphere.

The Black Storm team arrived in Leeds armed with the return of the fastest selling beer of 2018 - Summer Storm. The cream soda beer offered customers a modern, eye-catching alternative for the first time on the summer festival tour.

From the get-go, the crackling mood of the punters was evident as the Black Storm beer began to fly out - with many customers returning time after time.

Black Storm’s team of three, drove the sales with knowledge and passion; managing to convert non-ale drinkers into storm chasers and receiving some great feedback. “This porter is the best porter I’ve ever had” and “I’ve never tasted anything quite like the Tropical Storm - I’ll have five” were two of the team’s favourites.

Despite the temperamental weather, the crowds flocked around the Black Storm stall who supplied hundreds of samples of all products. The exclusive Pub in the Park IPA can which was seen on #canwatch throughout the fest, proved hugely favourable.

After another thoroughly enjoyable Pub in the Park festival, filled with laughter, great customers and lots of beer; the team are back down the country this weekend for the next instalment of the Pub in the Park, as the #STORMinthepark continues in Knutsford, Cheshire on the 7th of June.


Pub in the Park festival - Marlow

What a fantastic event to kick off the Pub in the Park festival in the beautiful town of Marlow - the original home of the festival.

The three-day feast hosted by Michelin star chef Tom Kerridge brought together outstanding food, drink and live music - thrilling the crowds that arrived in anticipation for an exciting weekend.

The Black Storm team left for Buckinghamshire, eager to be back at the festival which was a much-loved part of the 2018 summer festival circuit.

Stocked with the full collection of the Black Storm range of beer and spirits, the customers were particularly keen on the exclusive IPA cans. The limited-edition cans only available at the Pub in the Park festival this year are filled with flavour; this dry hoppy beer has an intense citrus and floral taste, which went down a storm.

Alongside the IPA can, the seasonal beer Tropical Storm was again a popular choice, this extra pale ale, dry hopped with lemon flavours is the perfect beer for the sunnier weather; one customer commented saying Tropical Storm is a “refreshing brilliant beer."

Pitching up in the Artisan Market - a bustling area full of some of the finest food and drink independent companies, proved the ideal location. Noticeable neighbours included Mr Porky - producers of leading pork scratchings and NEAT London Dry Gin - headed up by Adam Woodyatt (AKA) Ian Beale from Eastenders.

Blessed with glorious sunshine, the crowds were drawn to the festival by promise of world-class chefs and music artists; chefs Marco Pierre White and Atul Kochhar were joined by The Kaiser Chefs, Jake Bugg and The Bluetones - providing a masterclass in entertainment.

Throughout the festival, the team shouted loud and clear about their love of great beer, sharing the inspiring Black Storm story, rising through craft beer market and having a brilliant time doing so.

The next stop on the #STORMinthepark tour is Leeds, located in Roundhay Park, hope to see more happy faces there.

 


Our brand new black storm cider!

Yes! You read that right!

Cider; just in time for the bank holiday weekend. Don't mind if we do, eh?

Available NOW!

The first-ever Black Storm cider is now pouring.

This medium well-rounded cider has a slight sharpness, and is made from 100% Herefordshire cider apples 🍎

Get yourself down to Storm Cellar to be one of the first to try it 👌


Black Storm at Living North Festival

We loved our time showcasing at the annual Living North festival!

Thank you to everyone who came along and bought some beer, had a chat and even shared some laughs! We love getting to attend these events.

Big cheers to NFU Mutual Morpeth on twitter for this sparkling review:

"

@blackstormbrew your stall stands out a mile, it's colourful and stocked full of delicious beers and loving the new bottled Storm Vodka. Pop to @Living_North this weekend and support our local brewers."

Beer beer and more beer, and even a deck chair!


1 Year of Storm Cellar Whitley Bay

Our Whitley Bay bar has enjoyed huge success this year!

We are a social bunch at Black Storm and after the success of our pop up here in Whitley Bay and getting to meet some amazing people we decided to stay.

Thank you for making our special day so amazing! Here's to a even better 2nd year - onwards and upwards we go 🍻


Coeliac UK Awareness Week 2019

For suffers of coeliac disease, the joy of enjoying a 'traditional' beer can be difficult.

Our naturally brewed gluten-free beers are a superb alternative!

May see’s the reunion of the Alt Brew Trio as we’ve been busy in the brewery, getting Alt Brew 3 - our Dark Roast Stout back in production for release in late May 2019.

After some testing just to make sure we’ve got everything right, in time for the release in our new Alt Brew 03 Cans, with pre-orders already stacking up we encourage you to talk to us about getting your hands on it as soon as its available!