Paul Hughes
Storm Cellar interior

Our team is made up not only of those who work directly in the eye of the storm, but our family and friends, and our ever-growing extended family of storm chasers.

If you drink it, you’re one of us.

We can’t thank you enough for buying our beer and taking a chance on two guys who didn’t want to work proper jobs (and a dog who was chasing a seagull). But we can promise we will keep making great beer and still do some excessive tasting from time to time at the beach.

Paul Hughes
Managing Director

Paul is the man that keeps the merry bunch in control, the one with the crazy ideas, and always the man with the plan. With hospitality at the core of everything Paul does, he’s the one that can these days be found out and about talking to customers, acquaintances and the team. Paul is Mr Black Storm.

Lee Ellwood
Regional Sales Manager

Beers, Breweries and pubs are a huge passion of Lee’s.  He was born into a Family of publicans before starting work as one of the last apprentices at Vaux Breweries.  Lee then ran pubs across the North, before moving into Craft & Cask sales for independent brewers and now he is looking forward to helping build up the sales and profile for Black Storm. If you’re looking to stock Black Storm Beers, he’s the man to talk to.

Daniel Kingswood
Storm Cellar Manager

Fun and bubbly person who’s always up for a chat and drink with new people, will make anyone feel welcome, ‘my home is your home’ pop in and see Daniel for a chat, at the Storm Cellar Whitley Bay.

Alfie (2011-2018)
The Brewery Spaniel 

Alfie is the one that really we all answered to, would do anything for a treat, and had the role of official meeter and greeter. You would usually have found Alfie at the side of Paul, but he had been known to deflect to another member of the family!


If you want to get involved with us, drop us an email – and make it interesting. We love a good story…

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