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20th March 2013


One of the North East’s most beloved writers is being used to inspire a new range of beers.


Sonnet 43 Brew House at Coxhoe, County Durham, is creating a new range of cask ales based on the life and works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.


Elizabeth, who was born and raised at nearby Coxhoe Hall, was one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era and published dozens of collections and individual works, including Sonnet 43 after which the brewery is named.


The brewery’s latest range, which will be released intermittently throughout the year, will see new ingredients and brewing techniques being used to create a number of limited edition ales based on different aspects of Elizabeth’s prose and personal experiences.


Each beer in the range, collectively entitled How Do I love Thee? Let Me Count the Beers as a twist on the first line of Sonnet 43, will be brewed to a maximum of 40 casks and sold exclusively to leisure outlets on a first come, first served basis.


The first in the new line, which will be available from April, will be Hope End, a rum-infused ginger pale ale inspired by the Barrett family’s history of owning sugar plantations in Jamaica and named after the estate in Hertfordshire which they bought with the resulting fortune.


This natural beer, with an ABV of 6.2 per cent, will be made to an original recipe, without the use of finings (ingredients used to clear the beer), to ensure it delivers an intentional hazy look in the glass.

Sonnet 43 Brew House, which launched in autumn 2012, currently supplies around 100 venues across the North East with its core range of six beers, ranging between 3.8 and 5.4 per cent ABV.


Brewery founder, North East restaurateur Mark Hird, said: “Our initial range of six beers has proven extremely popular among leisure retailers and craft ale drinkers across the North East and these will continue to be brewed on a wider scale.


“The new How Do I Love Thee range, which will be made available in much smaller numbers, is our chance to not only experiment with new flavours and higher ABVs but to pay homage to the rich literary history of the North East as well.”


Hope’s End is available to pre-order now in nine gallon casks, with deliveries expected to begin in early April.  Further releases in the How Do I love Thee? Let Me Count the Beers range will be made throughout the year, with all other Sonnet 43 bottles and casks continuing to be sold as usual.


For more information or to discuss stocking its ales, call 0191 3773039 or visit




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March 20, 2013



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