City brewer creates new real ale from lager

Team Leader at The William Jameson, Anth Maven and Mark Allison from Maxim Brewery launching his new beer "Delilah" at the pubs mini beer festival.

Team Leader at The William Jameson, Anth Maven and Mark Allison from Maxim Brewery launching his new beer "Delilah" at the pubs mini beer festival.

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A BREWER from Sunderland has turned to a drop of the light stuff for its latest release.

Maxim Brewery have started selling “Delilah”, a new real ale which is brewed using lager.

The business – based at Rainton Bridge, Houghton – is carrying on a Wearside institution, having formed following the closure of Vaux Breweries in 1999.

Mark Allison, managing director of Maxim Brewery, said: “Our brewers have been coming up with a number of new ideas.

“They wanted to brew a beer using lager malt, creating a light-coloured ale which tastes similar to lager.

“It went on sale at the beginning of last week and sold out, so we have now re-brewed it.

Punter Martin Maddison, 20, of Houghton, was one of those who taste-tested Delilah.

He said: “It’s nice, but has a bit of a kick to it as well.”

“Generally I drink cider and lager, but I like this.”

Anthony Maven, team leader at The William Jameson, on Fawcett Street, said the tipple had proved a popular choice with customers.

The launch of Delilah coincides with a mini beer festival which has being held at the venue.

He said: “We are more or less sold out of the beers.

“We thought we would get them in and give it a go and it hasn’t put us off doing that.”

Mr Allison also explained that, contrary to popular belief, there isn’t much of a difference between beer and lager.

“The difference between a lager and an ale isn’t much.

“You would store a lager for three or four weeks before producing it, whereas with ale you can use it almost straightaway.”

Delilah is also on sale at city centre establishments The Lambton Worm and The Museum Vaults as well as Smugglers and Tavistock in Roker.