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Inspired by traditional British and Belgian beers, McColls Brewery always endeavours to produce enjoyable, easy going beers. Sometimes it strays from the path and experiment but this helps feed its knowledge and curiosity.

When talking about McColls, Pete Brown Award Winning Beer Writer said: “Been really impressed by your beers btw – what I’m yearning for at the moment is good rather than experimental and it’s so nice seeing a beer style on a can then opening the can and being able to say “Oh yes, that’s a good one of those.” 14/05/20

The styles, ingredients and methods McColls Brewery use are born from the brand’s urban upbringings and now rural family life to its travels and North-Eastern roots. All the experiences, cultures and flavours have come together to influence these beers. With a love of both the Arts and Sciences and an appreciation of traditional and modern beer styles, McColls aim to give its drinkers beers from across the spectrum.

All McColls’ beers can be bought from the webshop: www.mccollsbrewery.co.uk

McColls offers FREE local delivery and FREE national delivery on all orders £40+. PLUS it is working with CC’s Deli (AKA Tea with Alice) in Darlington delivering Beer & Food Boxes (more info here: https://mccollsbrewery.co.uk/collections/frontpage/products/taproom-to-you) ONLY £20!!!!!!

McColls said: “During lockdown/since March, we have renovated our Taproom via a very successful Crowdfunder campaign. We have collaborated with other local Food and Drinks producers, delivering locally and nationally. We have worked with one of the largest UK Beer subscription companies, Flavourly and also Food and Drink North East and Dan Prince (Photographer) on the effect of COVID-19 on our business.

Last winter, when things were quiet and still (and a little less unpredictable), we moved three of our beers into premium oak Rioja barrels, to see it through to this winter, to develop, mature and change. Then in October we bottled, laid down to rest for a further month and now they are ready to enjoy. All three are distinct, characterful and indulgent.

We also teamed up with Teesdale Cheesemakers to bring you three expertly paired cheeses to accompany our Rioja Barrel Aged Beers.

The Lady In Red – Rioja Barrel Aged Beer – 750ml – Alc. 5.7% vol.

The base beer is our core Best Bitter – Lady Marmalade a classic, sweet, full bodied beer. Nine months in Rioja Barrel has transformed this in to a lighter and mildly tarte beer with a beautiful acidic zingy aroma, mild tannin  notes and a refreshing dry finish.

Pairs perfectly with Teesdale Cheesemakers White Hilton.

Beets Rouge – Rioja Barrel Aged Beer – 750ml – Alc. 7.7% vol.

Originally Beet de Garde, a Beetroot Biere de Garde this was a big sweet earthy beer and nine months in Rioja Barrel has surprisingly not removed too much of its original character but actually added a great rich wood character, tannin notes and a hint of Rioja fruit notes.

It goes brilliantly with Teesdale Cheesemakers Teesdale Blue.

Red Yeti – Rioja Barrel Aged Beer – 750ml – Alc. 12.2% vol.

The original brew was a collaboration with our friends at Brew York, a Botanical Quadruple full of aniseed and sweetness. The original beer is still very much present but dialled up to 11. It has the added character of the barrel, Rioja notes, sherry, tannin and a great dryness.

This makes a great paring with Teesdale Cheesemakers Barney Brie.

All are available on our webshop: mccollsbrewery.co.uk