We’re extremely pleased to announce Sonnet 43 Brew House is a finalist in the Best Microbrewing Pub Company category of The Publican Awards 2014.

These national annual awards recognise achievement within the pub industry with 18 categories covering all aspects of running pub establishments, from small operations to very large pub companies.

The criteria for our category are brewing less than 10,000 barrels a year and having at least one quality, beer-focused pub. The rigorous judging for the awards consisted of 3 stages, first being the paper application and the second, site visits. In our case, these were carried out by renowned beer writer, Pete Brown, who visited all our pubs and sampled the ales & food to assess our entry. This was followed by mystery visits to further assess the application with the final stage involving the brewery’s owner, Mark Hird, being interviewed by a judging panel of industry experts in London.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony, hosted by Liverpudlian comedian, John Bishop, on Tuesday 25 March at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, which we’re very much looking forward to!

Last year’s winner was Ossett Brewery and, this year, we’re up against well-known, Leeds Brewery, and Brew House & Kitchen, based at the South Coast. Both are strong contenders. For us still being a relatively new brewery, to be a finalist in itself is an achievement.

Keep your fingers crossed for us!

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If you’ve been to any good ale house in the North East in the last week, you may have already seen our latest ad, unveiling our plans for the Count the Beers range over the coming months, on the back of the Cheers magazine. If not, you’re probably overdue a pint and, here is what we have planned…

#12 of 43, Better After Death, Smoked Porter, ABV 5.5

#13 of 43, Lost Saints, Cream Ale, ABV 5.6

#14 of 43, A Love I Seemed to Lose, Dark Ruby Mild, ABV 4.5

#15 of 43, Freely, Purely, Champagne Beer, ABV 6.8

#16 of 43, My Childhood’s Faith, Strawberry Beer, ABV 6.3

#17 of 43, Strive for Right, Summer Pale Ale, ABV 5.1

As usual with these beers, there’s only one batch made and once it’s gone, it really is gone. So make sure you try them when you see them, it might be your only chance!

Better After Death, Smoked Porter (hope you like the pun) is our next beer; it’s been brewed, is currently in conditioning and should be ready late February.

We hope that’s enough to get your taste buds going for now and that you like the sound of what we have coming up. Let us know which one you are most looking forward to below or @Sonnet43Brew

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