RAISE a glass to one of Sunderland’s top bands as they launch their own beer.
Not only have Hyde & Beast been impressing fans with their latest album, Keep Moving, but they’ve also proved to be skilled at pulling pints.
Their first ale, Train to Nowhere, proved so popular on their last UK tour that it sold out.
Now they’ve teamed up with Wylam Brewery once more to launch a second beer, A Dark Mistake, at the newly re-opened Dun Cow in High Street West.
As the title suggests, the drink is a dark, full-bodied tipple and will be available at bars across the region, as well as at the band’s Christmas show at Independent, Holmeside, next month.
The band’s frontman Dave Hyde, said: “We seem to be as good at making beer as we are music these days, so we thought we’d launch this new ale in The Dun Cow and play a few acoustic versions of our songs while we are there.
“We’re friends with Dave Stone from Wylam Brewery and he asked if we wanted to get involved.
“The tasting sessions were good fun, we chose flavours that we like in a beer.
“We knew what we were looking for at the beginning, but we made sure to try every one, obviously.”
In Sunderland, the ale will be available on draught at The Dun Cow, The Ivy House and The Museum Vaults, and in bottles at gigs.
Hyde & Beast’s drummer and producer Neil Bassett, said: “Basically, we sold all the stock we had of our first ale, Train To Nowhere, on our last UK tour, so we thought we may as well make some more beer, so we have.
“Obviously the guys at Wylam Brewery did a lot of the hard work, but we had a big hand in the tasting process and are delighted with the results.”
Matt Boyle, from Wylam Brewery, said: “Hyde & Beast just didn’t want to do the same brew again and as the title suggests, A Dark Mistake, is deeper in colour and more full bodied.”
Hyde & Beast, which is comprised of Dave Hyde from Futureheads and Neil Bassett of Golden Virgins fame, have been winning rave reviews for second album Keep Moving, which was released in the summer.
“We’ve had lots of good feedback, which is all we can ask for,” said Dave. “Performing at Split Festival was a real highlight for us, they had to open the sides of the tent to get everyone in.”
*Tickets for Hyde & Beast at Independent on December 20 are available from Hot Rats in Stockton Road or online at www.netickets.net.