This is an absolutely wonderful idea from Three Kings Brewery who have produced a traditional English ale with Tyneside's First World War soldiers commemorated on the bottle. The beer has been brewed to raise awareness of the Northumbria World War One Commemoration Project which aims to create a memorial garden and place blue plaques on 600 homes of Tyneside soldiers who fell in the conflict.
Each bottle has a little tag around its neck with a photo and story of a real Tyneside Tommy. I got Private Joseph Forster who was born in Cramlington and lived in North Shields with his wife and six children. We often hear of enlistees claiming to be older than they were but in an unusual twist, as he was considered too old for military service, Joseph Forster amended his birth certificate to make him appear younger than he actually was. Private Forster was killed in action on the Somme in October 1916, aged 44 and I raise my glass to him.
Tyneside Tommy pours a lovely deep gold/light amber colour with a very impressive tight, thick, cream coloured head that lasts and laces right up to the last drop. It has a hoppy and lightly fruited aroma that you would expect from a traditional ale.
When you can actually get through the huge head, it has a metallic bitter taste with a dash of citrus and tangy hops. It's a lovely old fashioned bitter and you can just imagine many a Tyneside Tommy drinking a pint of this when they returned home on leave. It's full bodied and moderately carbonated giving a lovely smooth mouthfeel.
A tangy and refreshing old fashioned bitter this is a beer for real heroes. I wholeheartedly recommend you pick up a bottle if you see it as it's a lovely bitter and supports an amazing project. Ale Be Seeing You again!
Brewed by Three Kings Brewery, North Shields
My Untappd score: 4/5