Anarchy Brew Co.
The Anarchy Brew Co. started life in Morpeth, Northumberland in 2012 and started brewing core beers, packed with flavour, which they still make today – Blonde Star and Citra Star.
In October 2018 Anarchy brewery moved to Walkergate, Newcastle upon Tyne with the added bonus of a new taproom.
The taproom is open every weekend, playing host to tap takeovers, brewer meet-ups, gigs, DJ sets and more. Check their Taproom page for what’s on and what’s pouring this weekend. Open every Friday and Saturday from 12pm – 10pm – if you fancy a tour around the place then give them a ring!
Anarchy Brew Co. beers can now be found across the globe, with kegs and cans recently shipped across to Russia, Italy, Finland and Japan. Anarchy love a good collab, and 2019 has seen them teaming up with 7 Fjell Bryggeri (from Norway), with a few more in the pipeline.
Just to mention a few awards:
EXILE: UK Country Winner – Gluten-Free Beer (World Beer Awards 2018)
ANTIVENOM: Best IPA in the UK (World Beer Awards 2017)
URBAN ASSAULT: Best Pale Ale (World Beer Awards 2017)
SUBLIME CHAOS: Best Stout in the UK & Europe (World Beer Awards 2015)
The latest award being recently in the World Beer Awards, they won a silver in the IPA (Speciality) section for their ‘Dead Space’ brew.
Catching Up with Simon Miles from the Anarchy Brew Co.
Q: Who are you/what do you do?
A: Simon Miles
Q: What was the inspiration for starting the brewery?
A: I was a homebrewer since the 80’s and always wanted to start my own brewery. When the opportunity arose we jumped at it! The US scene was always an inspiration.
Q: Where do you see, or hope to see, the brewery in 5 years’ time?
A: Bigger and better than ever! We hope the taproom is thriving in the local scene and the beer is still available around the world.
Q: Are there any other breweries which have influenced your brewery?
A: We enjoy the beers of many breweries but the work of KCBC, among many standouts, really connected with us.
Q: The craft beer movement seems to be going from strength to strength. Why do you think brewing been such a great success in recent years?
A: Beer is a wonderful thing! More and more people are coming round to the fact that it doesn’t have to be a flavourless, pint drink just for getting drunk on. Drinking culture is changing towards quality over quantity in the UK, which can only mean good things for craft breweries.
Q: What do you see as the latest beer styles to look out for in 2019/20?
A: Bitterness is back! IPA’s are moving back towards the west coast style, though the juice bombs will always have a market. Also, I think people will keep exploring the various styles of lager’s to see how far they can go.
Q: Many breweries are experimenting with adding unusual flavours to their beers. Are there any you think work well together and are there any you would like to try?
A: I am interested incorrectly balanced salt in beer at the moment. We would love to experiment with that at some stage.
Looking ahead, what new stuff can we expect from you?
A: We have just begun our new Imperial stout with amburana wood! We also have a lot of collabs and traditional beers with a twist in the works.
Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: The team. It is great to enjoy coming to work and that only happens with a team of people that you can really get along with.
What was your first drink and where were you when you had it?
A: LCL in the local pub
Q: If you have to pick (we know, tough choice!) which would be your top three beers in the whole world?
A: I would have to go with Umboshi Gose by Blend Brewery from Brazil, Blizzard Wizard by KCBC from New York and You’re all I need Sabro by Interboro.
Q: You are stuck on a desert island, what three things are you taking with you?
A: I would take wor lass, my trusty leatherman and my favourite flare gun.
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