Newcastle Brown Ale was originally created by Lt. Col. James (Jim) Herbert Porter (b. 1892, Burton upon Trent), a third generation brewer, in 1925. Col. Porter had served in the North Staffordshire Regiment in World War I earning his DSO with Bar before moving to Newcastle. He refined the recipe for Newcastle Brown Ale over a period of three years to create the flavor that is distinct to the beer today. When first exhibited, Newcastle Brown Ale swept the board at the prestigious 1928 International Brewery Awards. The gold medals from these awards are still featured on the label. Thirty years later Col. Jim Porter became managing director of Newcastle Breweries, Ltd, and was awarded a CBE. He died in Newcastle in 1973. His father was John Herbert Porter, who together his grandfather, James ran James Porter & Son, the brewery in Burton upon Trent that bought Robinson & Sons brewery in Burton in 1889.
Newcastle Brown Ale went into production at Tyne Brewery in 1928, with Newcastle Breweries having occupied the site since 1890, with brewing on the site dating back to 1868. The production launch of Newcastle Brown was said to have been an overnight success, with claims that the day after it went on sale, the Police requested the strength be reduced, because the cells were already full.
The blue star logo was introduced to the Newcastle Brown Ale bottle in 1928, the year after the beer was launched. The five points of the star represent the five founding breweries of Newcastle. One of these, John Barras, is now commemorated in the pub chain of the same name.
Newcastle Brown Ale became a brand of Scottish & Newcastle after the merger of Scottish Brewers with Newcastle Breweries in 1960 where it became a flagship brand alongsideMcEwan’s Export and Younger’s Tartan Special.
Newcastle Brown Ale
A true One and Only, Newcastle Brown Ale features fewer hops for a less bitter taste, a blend of light and dark malts for a unique, smooth flavor and a cool temperature for easy drinking. While hops are regularly grown and used to brew beer in the south of England, they aren’t traditionally used in northern England or Scotland. Consequently, beers from the north tend to be less hoppy, which is just one more reason Newcastle is so smooth on the palate. Since the beginning, Newcastle has been in a clear bottle, highlighting its unique color while proving it has nothing to hide. It’s so beautifully distinctive, you might think Newcastle’s color was chosen by a designer or marketing consultant. Of course, it wasn’t. That unique, golden brown color is the result of combining two seemingly incompatible malts- English Pale and Dark Caramel.
Legend has it that a beast roams the moors and plains of Newcastle Upon Tyne. It’s part man, part wolf, and more than a little wild— the perfect inspiration for a Limited Edition ale. Newcastle Werewolf comes at you with a dark, startling aroma, a roasty flavor, and a final taste of hops that leaves you howling for more.
Style: Blood Red Ale