Reborn South Tyneside brewery already serving up success

Arbier title ales introduced to McConnell's Gin and Ale House.
MD Mark Robinson
Arbier title ales introduced to McConnell's Gin and Ale House. MD Mark Robinson

South Tyneside’s reborn brewery is already going down a treat with delighted drinkers.

Arbier Brewery has been covering plenty of ground on the ale trail since it first went on tap in pubs in the borough and beyond earlier this month.

The first week of trading bodes very well for the future of Arbier Brewery.

Mark Robinson

The fledgling business emerged from the ashes of Jarrow Brewery, which faced last orders after lurching into administration last year.

First-time business boss Mark Robinson stepped in to buy the business’ remaining assets in May.

The 53-year-old, from Monkton Village, Jarrow, who has a wealth of experience in senior sales positions, is building from a position of strength after securing the company’s brewing plant in Bede Industrial Estate and the recipe for every tasty ale they ever cultivated.

Mr Robinson has named the brewery Arbier - meaning ‘our beer’ - and is eager to make the most of the firm’s untapped potential.

He has already invested £50,000 to get the brewery up and running and has launched four new title beers - called Legacy, Renaissance, Decadence and Reformation.

The new range of beers have proved an early hit with landlords and customers alike as Mr Robinson aims to make the brewer the best bar none.

The brews are being served up in McConnell’s Gin and Ale House in Walter Street, Jarrow from tomorrow, the Holborn Rose and Crown, The Address and the Marine, all South Shields, the Jolly Sailor in Whitburn,the Beggars Bridge, East Boldon, as well as watering-holes in Sunderland and Newcastle.

Mr Robinson already has plans in the pipeline to expand the business further and hopes to have close to 40 Arbier beverages on sale in hundreds of pubs in the future.

Mr Robinson said: “The first week of trading bodes very well for the future of Arbier Brewery.

“The beers have been well received by the general trade and the customers of their outlets.

“Our ales are generally available locally and feature in Newcastle and Sunderland city centres as well as South Tyneside.

“Over the coming weeks we shall develop our delivery boundaries to include Durham, Yorkshire and Cumbria.

“Our range of ales will be showcased at the Bill Quay beer and music festival hosted by Bill Quay Cricket Club on the August Bank holiday weekend, commencing August 26.”