North Bar is turning 25!
North Bar began its journey to become the first craft beer bar in the UK. It was the first bar in the UK to serve Belgian beers that we now consider to be quite commonplace. Duvel Blonde, Orval all had their first pours in the UK. It wasn’t long until North’s reputation for bringing beers from around the world and serving them in the relaxed and welcoming environment grew, adding to their list of first pours Erdinger Weisse Bier, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Brooklyn Lager.
North Bar turns 25 years old and we’re celebrating the only way we know how, with a very big party. But this isn’t just any party… we have got A LOT lined up.
We’ve looked back at our past and reached out to breweries who have helped make what North Bar is today. From July 1st – 3rd we have a spread of special beers and events that are going to make this a birthday to remember!
We’ll have a line up of North Bar classics, Duchesse De Bourgogne, Saison Dupont, North Boom 1997 is making a return, Brooklyn Lager and lots of Orval. We also have some very special collaborations lined up!
We’ve been incredibly lucky to collaborate with one of the founding fathers of craft beer in the USA, Sierra Nevada. Produced on their pilot kit we’ve made two strong ales that reflect our love of Belgian Beers, expertly blended cocktails and quality spirits. The first is an Old Fashioned inspired BA Tripel with Orange Zest and the second is a Barley Wine made with a classic bourbon grain bill of Corn, Barley and Rye aged in Bourbon barrels.
We have a Fat Rascal inspired imperial stout made in collaboration with one of the Netherlands’ first craft breweries, Brouwerij Kees. Their Caramel Fudge Stout has always held a special place in our hearts and on the North Bar taps so this collab made complete sense!
We’ve worked with Roosters on producing a cask special. Roosters were pivotal in the development of North Bar and the UK beer scene, being one of the first UK breweries to introduce us to the juicy American Hops we all know and love!
Together we’ve made an easy and sessionable Pale Ale, diverging from our history with US hops and opting for New Zealand hops instead.
We tried very hard to get some fresh Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Torpedo Extra IPA onto UK shores, we even tried to get some cask Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but sadly the stars did not align. So we’ve taken matters into our own hands. North Bar and North Brewing Co have followed a strict recipe to clone Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale, using the choicest malts and freshest whole cone Cascade hops. Our Chico inspired American Pale Ale will be available on cask, keg and to take home in cans.
On Saturday we’re kicking the day off with a VIP visit. We reached out to Brooklyn Brewery to ask about a collaboration. They’re quite a big brewery now and don’t really have room in their busy schedule for a little brew. However, when Garret Oliver heard the words North Bar, he did amend his travel arrangements to make sure he’d be in town! He’s bringing exclusive bottles from Brooklyn’s most hidden brews and rare Ghost Bottle collection. The event will be taking place at 1pm at £10 a ticket with all the proceeds going to our charity partner, St. Georges Crypt!
Late afternoon Erdinger will be taking care of attendees with a ‘Champagne Reception’ or a ‘Weisse Bier Reception’ pouring glasses of their esteemed ‘Pikantus’.
We’ll be welcoming back a line up of live DJ’s from North’s history, there’ll be free photos in the photobooth for you to find in your pocket the next day, tequila + verdita, raffles and prizes, cheese, food offerings, beer and many many laughs.
The only thing left to mention is the most important part of North’s history. Forget the beer, the breweries, the collabs and the tequila, none of this would have been possible without you. At the centre of North Bar is the people. The people who have been with us since day one, the people who may have only been in once and the people who only just discovered us yesterday. The people are the best part about North Bar and we’d like to thank any one of you who have supported us through the years. Thank you!