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Brewery set for PS1.8m Palace of Arts opening; BREWING.

Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk

ADATE has been set for the opening of Wylam Brewery's stunning new site at the Grade-II listed Palace of Arts building in Newcastle's Exhibition Park. The new brewery and events space will launch on the second May Bank Holiday weekend, beginning on May 27, with a street food and craft beer pop-up event entitled The Happenings.

Since being granted planning permission in September last year, Wylam Brewery has invested PS1.8m into the historic building, where a brand new 30-barrel brew house will enable a 50% increase in its production capacity.

The brewery's Heddon site will be retained as its distribution hub.

"We are at full capacity at our current site in Heddon on the Wall and there is a real thirst for our beers across the UK," said director Dave Stone.

"The new brew house will give us the opportunity to quench that thirst while maintaining our ethos of quality over quantity."

As well as increasing the brewery's output, the new site will be home to numerous events, the first performances to be held there including those from Lindisfarne, Michael Kiwanuka and the Mystery Jets.

Throughout the summer, North East music magazine Narc will curate a number of shows under the banner Narc In The Park, with performers including the likes of Smoove & Turrell and The Lake Poets.

Between Thursday and Saturday each week, there will be Brewery Tap on site, offering exclusive brews and blends, and the Palace of Arts will play host to The North East Brewers Market, programmed by Craft Beer Calling to bring the region's brewing community under one roof.

"There are some incredible microbreweries in the North East and the quality and diversity of beers being produced is at an all-time high," Mr Stone said.

"We feel it's important for the region's talented brewers to have a collaborative platform on which to present their beers.

"The North East Brewers Market will assist in raising the profile and awareness of the incredible beer scene we have here."

He added that it was "extremely exciting" to be able to announce the opening dates along with the initial programme of events at the brewery's new home.

"We look forward to opening the doors to this incredible and historically important building," he said.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 9, 2016
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