My top North East places are in Newcastle, Wylam brewery is also my equal top place rating overall. CentrAle which used to be at Newcastle station was my favourite beer shop and was sad to see it close recently:
I’ve had 3 beers from this area.
2 beers from Wylam one I bought in Belfast and the other had at Underdog in Dublin.
The other beer was way back 2015. It was Flag Porter 1825 from Darwin brewery they must have distributed to NYC back then.
These are from T&W the other 2 counties I’m missing
Fun fact about the North East region … the most deluded football fans in the country who all believe they are supporting MASSIVE clubs … the type who get more excited about counting and boasting on their attendances as opposed to achievements on the pitch.
Rumour has it they share one trophy room outside of Durham (for geographical convenience) to house the one major trophy that they’ve collectively picked up in the last 50 years.
Darlington, Hartelpool(s) and Gateshead are the most liked clubs from the region.
Tyne & Wear 62
The N-E is still to reach the 100 mark. Partly it’s availability as I rarely go there, but judging by the scores, it may also be that there is a lot of uninteresting cask ale of a boring type. I would cite Alnwick Gold, Camerons 150, and Maxim Double Maxim as examples. Wylam is the main attraction but what seems to arrive in our pubs are the same few ales: Jakehead IPA in particular. Almasty is worth finding, but in their case, too, it’s usually a dry-hopped pale.
Not an absolute world away from the top 50 at 130. But myNorth East drinking is pretty slow so I doubt I’ll ever catch up.
Top 5 are identical to my Tyne & Wear top 5: highest Durham rate is 3.8 and highest Northumberland is 3.6:
Wylam / Stigbergets Full Nelson
Wylam Morello Cherry Porter
Black Storm Porter
Wylam / To Øl A Warning To The Curious
Most imbibed breweries for are Wylam (19), Full Circle (11), Hops & Dots (9), Camerons (7), Two by Two (6) and Allendale (5). Wylam is actually my 7th highest rated British brewer at 3.66.
I really let the side down with place ratings - only 3 from Haltwhistle in Northumberland (Tyne & Wear and Durham - along with Devon and Cornwall - are my only un-place-rated counties). Time for a holiday perhaps?