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Wakefield CAMRA Brewery Visits
South Houghton Farm, Heddon-on-the Wall, Northumberland,
NE15 0EZ tel: 01661 853377
brewery website http://www.wylambrew.co.uk
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visit by Wakefield CAMRA Saturday 23
||If you hadn't spotted two brewery vans
you might not have realised that the former dairy on this moorland
farm was the location of the Wylam Brewery. The disused dairy
affords ample space for all spare casks etc to be stored inside.
||We are shown round by the surviving
co-founder John Boyle, who was joined later by his son Matt who came
into the business last year. The picture is taken in the cool room
where the conditioning tanks, which have a glycol solution passed
between their inner and outer skins, are located.If you visit the brewery's
own website you can savour the range of Wylam beers. We were
treated to a very generous sampling from the range!
||Fittingly for a brewery which
celebrates the birth of George Stephenson in Wylam, it's now a steam
brewery. This is the high efficiency steam generator.
||Son Matt Boyle (left) and father John
Boyle (right) receive a commemorative certificate from Wakefield
CAMRA Chairman, Mark Goodair.
||The Boathouse in the nearby village of
Wylam serves as the brewery tap, a picture which needs no further
||Beer spotters are often train spotters,
too, and for them, next to the Boathouse is the Tyne Valley Railway
station with one of the North Eastern Railway's elevated signal
boxes. There are more pictures on the Web
Album but we just hope some serious railway expert will alight
there and add some comments, please!