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.
The fantastic artwork…kudos is down to the incredible skills of designer, Josh, plus hookups with Exile Cycles in the US for Exile, and local UK artist, Ryan Roadkill, for the Flat Out IPA.
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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