The Box Social taproom (attached to the brewery itself) has been open for a year or two now, and really is an essential visit if you like decent beer.
There's always something for everyone (beer-wise) and even a lager if you're that way inclined, although if you ignore everything else and drink the lager, you're missing some of the best beers you'll ever have.
Gentleman's Nectar is a particular crowd pleaser, and is so popular (elsewhere too) that they could make it week in/week out and demand could still outstrip supply!
A personal favourite is their Campfire Porter, a glorious brew featuring Pumprhey's coffee (a local coffee supplier with nearly 250 years of local ties), marshmallow, vanilla and some other magic... comes in at around 7%, but truly is an amazing drink.
Ross and Steve (the owners) are a father/son team who have a real passion for what they do, and that's borne out by the beer they make.
The taproom is open only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 to 21:00, and makes for a great place to have a few decent beers and a bit of craic with the locals sometimes.
If you miss the opening hours, there's also their micro-pub in the centre of Newcastle, behind the Central Station, which has longer hours and a bit more choice on the beer front.
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