Five pubs from across the borough have made it into a prestigious beer drinkers' bible.
They are among around 4,500 boozers to be included in the Campaign for Real Ale's (Camra) Good Beer Guide 2019.
They include the Steamboat, in Mill Dam, South Shields, which is the reigning Sunderland and South Tyneside Camra Pub of the Year.
Its entry in the latest guide notes: "This multi award-winning pub has one of the largest selections of cask ales in South Shields."
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The 46th annual publication also praises the Dolly Peel, in the town's Commercial Road, saying: "This is a cosy, welcoming street-corner local popular with a more mature clientele."
The third South Shields entry is the Marine, in Ocean Road, described as a free house offering "four changing real ales and two real ciders."
While the guide focuses mainly on the quality of cask ales and ciders on offer at each pub, its summaries also mention decor, food and events such as pub quizzes.
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Moving out of town, the entry for the Grey Horse, in Front Street, East Boldon, reads: "Up to six changing ales are available, from local and national breweries."
The fifth local pub is the Black Horse, in Rectory Bank, West Boldon, whose summary includes: "With a popular restaurant serving high quality food, the pub can get busy in the evenings and at weekends."
Guide copies cost £13, with a £2 discount for Camra members, and can be ordered from gbgshop.camra.org.uk/ or by telephoning (01727) 337855.