For a long while the fact that Mordue brewery were developing a Rye beer was a closely-guarded secret kept by only a chosen few (though I do remember Chris Mansfield blurting it out in the comments of someone else's blog at some point but never mind). Red Rye Riwaka, which was not so long ago to be called Rye Aye Man (fittingly Mordue) is to be a 4.5% red (ish) ale loaded with lime, orange and peppery spice due to be released nationally in October this year exclusively for the Wetherspoons Octoberfest beer festival.
The creator of this beer was me. Though the idea came from the founding brothers' desire to develop some kind of rye beer. I decided the use of the crazy 'in your face' Riwaka hops with their weird Thai spice and lime notes would be a good idea and we took it from there. A trial batch of this beer, using my very own Panda & Frog home brew kit was brewed a few weeks back and for publicity purposes a ten litre polypin of Red Rye Riwaka will be available for anyone to try at the Free Trade Inn in Byker on Friday night this week. I will be also be there but like I say it's only ten litres so when it's gone it's gone.