#TwubQuiz World Championship

Morning all!

The big day has finally arrived.  At 9pm tonight we will be live on youtube at the following link:

The format of the #TwubQuiz will be very much like that of the usual Tuesday night quiz.  10 Questions, one posted every 5 minutes between 10:15 and 11:00.  However, while you answer the polls on Twitter, a panel of the greatest beery minds will be live on YouTube attempting to answer the very same questions.  I will be monitoring the answers and from within this elite group, a champion will emerge!

Who are the contestants?

One half of the #Hopinions team  @BeerOClockShow

The UK’s No1 beer blogger @MarkNJohnson

The right honourable @TheAleLady


Leeds finest, Gareth @barrelagedleeds

And finally, our international contestant, all the way from Ireland, Wayne @IrishBeerSnob

It’ll be a lot of fun folks, be sure to tune in!

24 beer reviews in 24 hours – Itinerary

With just a week to go, the sense of anticipation is growing.  This started out as abit of a laugh, I never thought it would actually be possible! Ha ha!  But here we are and yeah, its about to get real!

So what are our plans:

Sippin Forecast plus special guests!

Friday 17th November:

9pm: Official launch.  We will be live on our newly founded YouTube channel to chat through what lies ahead.

10pm: The Inaugral #TwubQuiz World Championships will be held with a selection of our keenest contestants battling it out live before the nation, again on our youtube channel

12pm: Once the fun of the #TwubQuiz settles down I will firing up our hot liquor tank to start brewing.  This may go on for many hours, so I would welcome anyone who fancies keeping me company would be most welcome! I’ll probably jump on Periscope aswell as the YouTube stream so you can chat.

Also in this time I will be preparing various beery foodstuff to sustain me through the rest of the challenge!

9am: Parkrun – Newcastle town moor.  I’ve never done the run before but will have loyal listener Charlie helping me round!  He’ll also be reviewing a beer with me before we set off.

11am: We’re off to the Town Mouse to review a beer with the landlord John.

1pm: I’m reviewing a beer with Gary, better known to you all as @TheAleTrail on Twitter.

2pm: I’ll be pulling pints behind the bar in the Free Trade Inn , come along and test my pouring skills!

3pm: I’m off to meet my good friend Ruari to review a beer in an amazing location.  This one is truly amazing!

5pm: I’ll be in The Bridge Tavern reviewing a beer with Bearded bar chief, Jack!

7pm: I will be heading to Coppers for the final few beer reviews.  Come down and join me and help me through the final stages of my challenge!

Naturally it goes without saying that I have a few surprises up my sleeves, but all will be revealed on the day.  Keep your eyes peeled for our various social media channels for updates throughout the challenge. Plan is to have as much as possible broadcast throughout the day via one medium or another so you can check up on my progress!

Also, come and find us! We’ll be selling raffle tickets for the chance to win an incredible selection of beer kindly donated by various people, all in aid of Cancer Research UK.  A worthy cause and you could walk away with an incredible stash of beer!

Win World Class Beer!!!!!

Here we go folks, I’ve raided my stash and have pulled out the following beers to kick start the raffle prize.  One lucky ticket holder will be getting the perfect collection of Christmas beers!

I have some other beery donations promised, but to start things off I’ve got the following:




-Thornbridge The Heart Desires

In their own words:

“This beer is part of a project we have been working on at the brewery for a few years now. We wanted to create a modern sour ale aged in barrels, with the same complexity and depth of flavour which our favourite sours from the USA offer. This beer started life as a simple blonde ale with low bitterness and was fermented with our house yeast. We then aged this in Burgundy barrels with the fruit for well over a year. Adding cultures of Brettanomyces, Pediococcus and Lactobacillus at set points let us sour the beer gradually over many months and give layers of flavour that can only be developed over time. The fruit aroma and flavours compliment the sharp sourness which subsides for more malt and yeast character to come through. The resulting beer is a clean, zingy and intense blend of fruity tartness with intimations of crisp Sauvignon Blanc grapes.”

-Cloudwater Spiced Mocha Imperial Stout

In their own words:

“A chocolate, coffee and mixed spice of our luscious Imperial Stout, infused with cacao husks from Mast Brothers, cold brew coffee, and festive mixed spices. Enjoy this winter for fresh cacao, coffee and spice flavours or set aside to mature over time at cellar temperature.”

-Old Chimneys Brewery Good King Henry Special Reserve 2014

The UK’s highest rated beer on Ratebeer: https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/old-chimneys-good-king-henry-special-reserve/67522/

This is just the beginning folks, the prize fund will grow and grow.  So get yourselves in to Coppers to get raffle tickets, or ask me in person, or get donating to the just giving page here: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/north-east-sippin-forecast

And lets make this prize extra special, any beer donations welcomed.  They don’t need to be stella beers, any beers you have had standing around doing nothing, where you’ve been unsure as to what to do with them, here’s the perfect opportunity to put them to a good cause!  If you do have anything you’d like to donate, just let me know and we’ll srt out logistics!

Other than that, tune in on 17th November to see what we’re up to.


The 24 beer reviews in 24 hours challenge

I know its still only October, but Christmas will soon be here.  And the good news is that we’ll be bringing you your very own North East Sippin Forecast advent calendar for your delectation!  Exciting eh?!  Only this isn’t a box with a few interesting beers in a load of dull lagers that we can’t shift…. no, we’re planning an audio advent calendar packed to the rafters with interesting content.  We’ll be releasing a mini-podcast (aka a podblast) every day from the 1st to the 24th December!

But how will we get all that content you ask?!  Well that’s where things get really exciting.  Our crazy ambitious plan is to do 24 beer reviews in 24 hours….. must be mad!  At least with a new born baby in the house I’ll be used to going without sleep…. So every hour on the hour we’ll be recording a short snappy beer review podblast.  Obviously 24 hours is a long time and we can’t just sit infront of a microphone all day, so to keep us alert and lively, we’ll be undertaking mini-challenges and activities throughout the day.  For one, we’ll be brewing a beer, we’ll be baking with beer, we’ll be pulling pints behind the bar in the Free Trade Inn, we’ll be reviewing beer in some very interesting locations and of course there’ll be a quiz to test your beery knowledge.

The whole challenge will get underway at 9pm on Friday 17th November, finishing at 9pm the following night. We’ll be putting out as much content as possible via Periscope/Facebook live/YouTube so give us a follow on all the platforms so you can keep an eye on what we’re up to throughout the day.

One exciting point to note, from 10pm on the Friday evening we will have contestants battling it out to be crowned World #TwubQuiz Champion!  We will run our usual format #TwubQuiz, but the core contestants will be live on youtube answering the questions in an attempt to take the crown!

Worth mentioning that we wouldn’t be able to do it on our own. We’ll have several friends and familiar faces joining us throughout the day.  Expect the unexpected!

The whole day is going to be dedicated to our chosen charity, Cancer Research.  And here is where we need your help.  We will be holding a raffle on the day, raffle tickets will be available from Coppers or from ourselves on the day (so check out the timetable and come and find us).  And the Raffle prize will be, well, whatever we can put together.  We would welcome donations of beers too add to our prize.  You know those beers that you’ve put to one side and never quite fancied drinking?  Well why not put them to a good cause? We’re putting forward the beers shown below and any beers that we get donated will be added to that stash.  So if you would like to donate any to our raffle prize, please let us know.  There will only be one winning and they will take away the whole stash.

In the spirit of fairness, ayone who donates to the just giving page will also get a raffle ticket put into the hat, so get donating!

If you did want to donate, all donations welcome, here’s the link to our just giving page: Just giving page

We’ll release a full timetable nearer the event, so keep an eye on our Twitter feed/Facebook page.

Anarchy Brew Co – Warhead!!

Anarchy Brew Co – Warhead

We’re back folks!

And back with a bang in the form of Anarchy Brew Co’s 100 minute, 100 IBU’s, 10.0% monster Warhead!

In addition, for this weeks supermarket sup, Rob brought along Greene King IPA, much to Myles’ disgust…

You can email us at: NESippinForecast@yahoo.co.uk

Find us on Twitter: @SippinForecast




Box Social Brewing – Bad Medicine

Box Social Brewing – Bad Medicine

Twisted Barrel Ale – Detroit Sour City

As many of you know, we held a meet the brewer session in The Box Social with Box Social Brewing and Twisted Barrel Ale.  Unfortunately the audio we recorded was just not good enough to release due to the amount of background noise.  So instead we decided to review their beers and have a chat about the night.

So we decided to review some of their beers and have a chat about the night.

We also cover the Frequently Asked Beer Questions (#FABQ) following up on our nomination be the #Hopinions lads!


Link to Myles’ post on alcoholism



Almasty Brew Co Mosaic IPA

Almasty Brew Co – Mosaic IPA

We’re back again with more ramblings from the North East. This time we have a review of Almasty Brew CO’s latest IPA. We also have St Austell’s Proper Job as our Supermarket sup.

We also introduce a new member of the team namely Dr Hop (aka Chris). He talks us through the science of the mash tun. Some links below to further reading onwhat was covered.



Magic Rock – Unhuman Cannonball

We have a special one off mini-episode for you.  Myles surprised Rob with a mystery beer.  What could it be?  How will Rob react?  Only one way to find out, give it a listen!

We also talk about the up-coming Twisted Barrel tap takeover at The Box Social this Friday night (12th May 2017).  The lads are playing host for the meet the brewer session, so if you can make it, come along and say hello!

For those that cant make it, we will be releasing a podcast immediately after the event so tune in on Friday night for that!



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