Recent local reviews of Sonnet 43 brewery Tap house the Lambton Worm has seen the site being rated 10/10 by local Newspaper the Sunderland Echo. Many happy regular Diners/Drinkers have quickly taking to social media to share their congratuations and agreement of the recent review.

Sonnet 43 are very proud of the fantastic job The Lambton Worm team do in serving great food and sonnet 43 beers, keeping local produce, quality food, top service and customers at its heart, lets hope this site continues to thrive for many years to come.

To read the full review, please visit the below link.

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We are getting really excited at the continued strong feedback and praise our how do I love thee . . . let me count the beers range is receiving.

we are delighted that the special limited edition range of beers are representing what we hoped in a range of exciting difrent experimental style of beers. some top highlights so far have included, A champagne beer, A blackberry witbier, cream ale, smoked porter, joe stout, passion fruit beer and many more. 

Although many happy sonnet drinkers have commented “you wont be able to top that last one, it was a belter” it feels that things are going from strength to strength with the beers brewed so far in 2015 of this range receiving top feedback regularly from landlords, pubs, bars and drinkers alike of how much they have enjoyed our, liquorice root stout, irish red ale and spring IPA.

although we are just hitting the half way point of this range of beers with our aim being to reach #43 in total we are already excited about possibly have a 12 month period of revisiting and re brewing  some of the 12 top greatest hits of the range.

keep the feed back coming folks to make sure that one of you favourites specials are in the running to be on our lest of top limited edition specials.

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poetic liecence

Sonnet 43 Brew House are delighted to announce that after much renovation, the former R Bar at the Roker Hotel has become Poetic License, a distillery bar specialising in spirits, craft beers and cocktails.

Poetic License will proudly stock four Sonnet 43 beers on a regular basis, along side a rotating selection of eight guest beers from regional, national & international breweries

Poetic License Distillery Bar is something totally different for, not only the area of Sunderland, but the whole of the North of England. To have a bar using its very own hand-crafted spirits & craft beers is something that has never been done before, We wanted to breathe some much-needed life back into the seafront scene.

We’ve had a few queries with regards to the bar’s name. We wanted to do something different, and focus more upon the ethos of the bar and the atmosphere we wanted to create inside.

The definition of Poetic License means ‘to be at liberty to deviate from conventional rules In the traditional English spelling of the phrase, License is spelled with a ‘c’. However when spelled with ‘s’ is a verb, meaning ‘to give permission to’. So in our case, ‘Poetic License’ is the permission we grant you to be at liberty to deviate from conventional rules, be yourself and most of all enjoy yourself whilst in our bar.

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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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In support of RBL

Beer number 9 of 43 of the ‘Count the Beers…’ limited edition range will be Ultimate Sacrifice, Plum Porter, 5.7 ABV, which supports the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal, with 10% of sales from the casks donated to support the cause.

The name ‘Ultimate Sacrifice’ comes from a WW1 memorial found in Coxhoe, the village our brewery is based in, commemorating the local men lost in the conflict. Money raised will goes towards helping war veterans stay independent and helping those injured in recent conflicts recover, as well as supporting military families and teaching children about remembrance.


The beer itself used around 1000 plums in the brew, added at conditioning, to give a sweet yet tart tang. We did hope to take some inspirations from the flower synonymous with the cause & use poppy seeds within the brew, however decided against this due to their opiate properties!

The beer will go out to pubs this week, in time for Remembrance Sunday.

Click here if you’d like to donate to the Royal British Legion

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Great Taste Awards logo

We’re celebrating the news that our American Pale Ale & Bourbon Milk Stout have wowed judges in Great Taste 2013 by being awarded a 2 star and 1 star respectively.

Great Taste is the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme. It’s simply about taste, no branding or packaging, involving over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting.  The judges were presented with our beer in a glass, no bottle or label, and they tasted, conferred and re-tasted before making the decision to award the beers stars.  In total more than 12 judges tasted and commented on the beers.

American Pale Ale was commended by the judges for its hop flavour that ‘really delivers’ whilst the Bourbon Milk stout was highly praised for its ‘lovely nose’, comprising chocolate, oak & liquorice aromas.

We entered after only a few months of brewing as we were confident our beers are exceptionally flavoursome and individual – thankfully the judges agreed with us! Out of almost 10,000 products entered into Great Taste 2013 just 645 have been awarded 2-star and around a quarter gained 1-star meaning that Sonnet 43 are amongst a mere handful of producers with this coveted recognition. The Great Taste stars are the mark of a quality product and we’re thrilled the beers have received this accolade!

Our now award-winning beers are available to buy online via the online shop.

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Insular Art's BAFF certificate

Our latest limited edition beer, Insular Art, is the official beer for the Lindisfarne Gospels Durham.

The beer began life as a mere 2 cask brew for entry into battle of the beers at Bishop Auckland Food Festival’s Beer & Wine Festival, in which the ale triumphed over some other very established & respected local breweries after it won over both the public and a judging panel, featuring celebrity chefs The Fabulous Baker Brothers. Being the winner, the brew gained the honour of the Lindisfarne Gospels Durham’s official while they are exhibited in the city this Summer.

While the name ‘Insular Art’ refers to the elaborate style of the Lindisfarne Gospels,  which is a masterpiece of medieval book painting, from receiving the competition brief  the beer we wanted he beer need to recreate key flavours of herbs and honey of the famous drink synonymous with the holy island Lindisfarne Mead. It uses herbal hops and honey within the fermentation and herbal, spice & honey notes really shine through.

Around 50,000 people have now been to visit the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham but as it’s only around until September – as is Insular Art – you’ll need to get in there quick.

Insular Art is now available in 9 gallon cask & 500ml bottle & as a commemorative gift pack. Click here to buy online. Or to visit the gospels click here.

insular art bottle

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We’re pleased to announce our beers are now available to buy UK-wide as we’ve launched an online store!

The shop, available at, sells all our beers in a variety of 12 bottle packs as well as in 5 litre minikegs for those who prefer a pint at home. Gift packs and merchandise, including clothing, are also available. And we deliver throughout the UK so its now far easier to get your hands on Sonnet 43 beer!

Take a look….

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let me count the beers LE pumpclip blog

We are venturing into the unknown with an experimental range of brews! The range will use new ingredients and brewing techniques to create a number of limited edition beers.

The beers will be collectively entitled ‘How Do I love Thee? Let Me Count the Beers’ as a twist on the first line of the original Elizabeth Barrett Browning Sonnet 43 verse and inspired by her life and works.

Each brew in the range will produce upto 40 casks only and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

The first in the new line will be Hope End, a rum-infused ginger pale ale inspired by the Barrett family’s history of owning sugar plantations in Jamaica and named after the estate in Hertfordshire which they bought with the resulting fortune.

Hope End will be a natural beer, at ABV 6.2% per cent, made to an original recipe without finings to ensure it delivers an intentional hazy look in the glass.

It is available for the pub trade to pre-order now in 9 gallon casks, on a first come, first served basis,  and we expect deliveries to begin in early April.

Further releases in the How Do I love Thee? Let Me Count the Beers range will be made throughout the year.

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Paul D-

Paul Daniels is just confirming what we already know – that the  Sonnet 43 beers really are magic!

The master entertainer was one of the headline performers at the recent South Tyneside International Magic Festival which – along with two sell-out shows for the public – brought magicians from as far afield as Hong Kong and the USA together for a convention.

We pulled a rabbit out of a hat when asked to provide some of our superb brews for the delegates – apparently magic is very thirsty work!

The word is that our beers went down a storm which proves we also have a trick or two of our own….

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