Introducing The Northern Powerhouse Brew Series

*Press Release

Eight independent craft breweries from across the North of England have come together to create a series of limited edition beers – ‘The Northern Powerhouse Brew Series’ – as part of the Great Exhibition of the North ‘Inspired by’ programme. 

The breweries of Buxton, Cloudwater (Manchester), Black Lodge (Liverpool), Magic Rock (Huddersfield), Northern Monk (Leeds), Hawkshead (Kendal), Thornbridge (Sheffield), Box Social (Newcastle) have joined forces with Wylam Brewery in Newcastle to develop eight new beers that celebrate the North.

Only 6,600 cases of the beers will be produced, with each one containing eight limited edition 440ml cans. The cases will be available to purchase from the start of Great Exhibition of the North (22 June 2018). The beers will be brewed at Wylam Brewery in ‘The Palace of Arts’, which is the last remaining building from the North East Coast Exhibition which took place in Newcastle in 1929.

Carol Bell, Executive Director of Great Exhibition of the North, said:

“Our ‘Inspired by’ programme has been launched to give people the chance to get involved in Great Exhibition of the North by hosting their own events and experiences that showcase the North’s strengths in art, culture, design or innovation.

“As a region with a strong heritage of invention and collaboration, we are incredibly excited to have ‘The Northern Powerhouse Brew Series’ as part of our ‘Inspired by’ programme. Great Exhibition of the North will celebrate the whole of Northern England so it’s great to see our local breweries coming together to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event and produce something truly original.”

Paul Jones Co Founder of Cloudwater, said: “The North has long been the seat of industrial innovation and the modern beer scene continues in that tradition. We’re proud to take part in the first Northern Powerhouse Brew Series, alongside some of the most progressive breweries in the country.”

Dave Stone Director of Wylam Brewery said “It’s a real honour to collaborate with these exceptional Northern breweries and to be involved in a brew project that celebrates the history of the brewing industry in the region. Everyone involved is extremely passionate about the heritage of the towns and cities we operate in and this project is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the history of industry in each place.”

Towns and cities across the North of England can get involved by putting forward ideas for events, experiences and performances inspired by Great Exhibition of the North. Successful applicants will be able to download a toolkit complete with images and branding to badge their event as part of the ‘Inspired by’ programme. For more information, visit

Celebrating great art and culture, design, and innovation from across the North, Great Exhibition of the North will see 80-days of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performance, cutting edge culture and magical experiences.

Taking place from Friday 22 June to Sunday 9 September 2018, three walking trails across NewcastleGateshead will showcase exciting ideas and exhibits from across Northern England. Highlights include a display of iconic Northern objects including John Lennon’s Record Plant piano and the spacesuit worn by the first Briton in space, Sheffield-born Helen Sharman. Stephenson’s iconic Rocket will also return to its birthplace in Newcastle upon Tyne and 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid will present an exhibition of new work at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

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