Porter had refined the recipe for Newcastle Brown Ale alongside chemist Archie Jones over a period of three years. The five points of the star represent the five founding breweries of Newcastle.
Vaux of Sunderland , a rival brewer, quickly developed Double Maxim to compete. By , Scottish and Newcastle claimed that it was the most widely distributed alcoholic product in both pubs and off licences in the country.
The company claimed this would allow for shorter order lead times and faster transportation to the U. Newcastle Brown is also distributed in cans in the U. The UK-brewed bottled, kegs, and cans are widely available in Australian liquor outlets as part of their international range.
It is also popular in Canada, available on draught at many British-themed pubs. Names and phrases[ edit ] A glass of Newcastle Brown Ale. In , the beer was renamed "Newcastle Brown" with the "Ale" being removed from the front label.
This change, only in the UK, was due to market research claiming that the term "ale" was outdated and costing the company sales in the youth drinking markets. The older name was reinstated with no fanfare in , when it was realised that the change had made no difference to sales.
Elsewhere in the UK, it is known as Newkie Brown. The glass features a nucleated base. While the name provides a lot of this, the sponsorship of Newcastle United , the depiction of the River Tyne in the blue star has helped ensure its association. Its local provenance gave the brand an association with "hardy, working class traditions and values".
The company was obliged to make a formal application to cancel it. As a sign of solidarity, the Newcastle Brown label was inverted until the takeover was quashed. The brewery produced the special editions featuring Newcastle United's black and white stripes and Shearer's portrait, in exchange for a donation to Shearer's testimonial match, and they went on sale from 17 April that year. The label was designed by the band and the beer released to coincide with the band's concert at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on 15 December.
Also in , a special 80th anniversary themed bottle was distributed. It was a diluted version of Exhibition. Amber Ale and a much stronger aged stock beer were formerly blended to create Newcastle Brown Ale.
Newcastle Star was a strong bottled beer 7. In , Summer Ale 4. In popular culture[ edit ] This section appears to contain trivial, minor, or unrelated references to popular culture. Please reorganize this content to explain the subject's impact on popular culture rather than simply listing appearances; add references to reliable sources if possible.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. In the episode "Sharp Relief" 4. It also makes a brief appearance in the film Taken in the scene where Bryan's friends turn up at his front door during the barbecue scene.
The latter is seen putting a raw egg yolk into his ale and then drinks it. At the dinner table, the Sergeant says, "I suppose you have this over there".