I realised something the other day, for the first time ever it's the end of May and I've still not blogged my exclusive mild ale in May post. This year I didn't feel the need. Anyhow, aside from my liking for Mild, the close relative English Brown ale is another beer I like to frequent now and again and is especially good with things like roast beef or hard cheeses such as Comte.
When I first started at Mordue I seem to remember asking about Wallsend Brown Ale as I regarded it as one of the region's finest examples of the style. I was sad to hear that the smoked malt-influenced brew was not to be brewed again (same goes for Jarrow's world excellent version of the style), but it turns out they were wrong and the classic has indeed returned, this time slightly smokier than before. With all its bready malt, berry fruit and smoked malt depth, Wallsend brown ale is in pubs now, but get hold of it quick as there isn't much left.