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Northern Chartered Accountant Students' Society

Supporting northern ACA students

NCASS tour of Wylam Brewery 11 July 2016

Optimized-Wylam Brewery tour 1Wylam Brewery has come a fairly long way since their inception, with founding fathers John Boyle and Robin Leighton pawing over their first malt bills and recipes in a potting shed in the village of Wylam. Their brews are now enjoyed in quality pubs and bottle shops across the land, and in July NCASS had the chance to go and join them for a tour at their new home in the Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park, Newcastle, to find out what all the fuss was about.

The Palace of Arts is an impressive structure as is, but upon entering it became apparent that what Wylam Brewery had done with the place was even more impressive than the building itself. High domed ceilings and an understated colour scheme of greys housed a new bar, an events and music venue and the brewery itself. Upon being led through to the brewery and whilst stood under kettles and mashers at least three times our height, we received an introduction to the brewing process from head brewer Ben. Heads suitably reeling from the deceivingly complicated and scientific methods involved in the art of brewing the perfect beer, people headed back to the bar with a new found appreciation for the work involved in making a good pint.

But of course, no tour would be complete without a chance to sample the finished produce! Once back in The Tap we finally got our chance to try some of their finest brews. Jakehead, Collingwood and Angel were all on the menu as we sampled five of the best the brewery had to offer and certainly weren’t disappointed – with each brew so different from the last, we all had a hard job picking our favourite! The fifth taster marked the end of our guided tour but we were then invited to stay in the bar as long as we wanted, and two or three pints later we were more than convinced we had made the right decision in hanging back. It would have been rude not to have taken them up on their offer, after all…

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NCASS (Northern Chartered Accountant Students’ Society) is the official body that represents ACA students under ICAEW training contracts in the Northern Society area in the North East of England and Cumbria. We have been supporting student chartered accountants across northern England since 1896.

The society is run by ACA student volunteers for ACA students and, space permitting, new committee members are always welcome.

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