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Newcastle Brown Ale

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Newcastle Brown Ale

"I'm just going to take the dog for a walk!" is a Geordie's way of announcing that he's slipping off to his local for a swift Newcastle Brown Ale. So, in its hometown, the beer is fondly nicknamed "the dog". Strong in alcohol, this is a dog with a bite, yet its nutty sweetish flavour makes it instantly appealing.

The ale was first made by Newcastle Breweries in 1927, and in the following year's International Breweries Exhibition in London it won two gold medals. These can still be seen on the label, on either side of the blue star with a silhouette of the Tyne Bridge - built in the year that the ale was first brewed. The distinctive label gives Newcastle Brown the instant recognition factor that any icon needs.

In 2000, "Newky Broon", as it’s also known, was given the European Union's Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. Like Champagne and Parma Ham, Newcastle Brown is protected from imitations. It can only be brewed in the north-east.


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legendary ale brewed in gateshead, at the newcastle brewerys not only famous in the north east but all over the world

Jonathan Dickson

Only ignorant southern students refer to the ale as newky as they drink it from the bottle rather than the traditional schooner.
Monty Magpie

Newcastle Brown ale is very important to everyone who considers themselves a geordie. I always remind people that it's "newcastle" brown, not "newky" brown. Newcastle is a major industrial city in the north east, famous for footballers, brown ale and the Animals, to neam but a few. Newky (sic) is a place in cornwall where posh people go surfing.
Adrian Wright

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My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

Ian Baldry