I have often commented here in The Brew Club that the water used in brewing any Ale is as important as the other ingredients, in much the same way that the terroir in which grapes are grown influence the wines they produce.
Well, you might recall that in my review of Sam Smith’s Old Brewery Bitter that Scottish and Newcastle Breweries tried to move brewing of John Smith’s Yorkshire Bitter from Yorkshire to Lancashire and relented after public outcry.
Well according to the BBC they’re trying again, this time they plan to move brewing of the almost legendary (I refuse to use the word iconic) Newcastle Brown Ale from its home in Gateshead to the aforementioned John Smith’s brewery in Tadcaster, Yorkshire.
It will be interesting to see, what outcry there is this time and whether they’ll relent. Clearly Scottish and Newcastle are determined to close a brewery, but it horrifies me that corporations like Scottish and Newcastle have so little regard for the heritage they administer.
What do you think?