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Yard of Ale Brewery
Surtees Arms, Ferryhill, County Durham
Visited by Wakefield CAMRA, Saturday 19th July
The Surtees Arms, Ferryhill, is home to the Yard
of Ale Brewery. Wakefield CAMRA members make a
bee-line from their minibus.
Landlord and brewer Alan Hogg was an electromechanical
engineer by trade and had worked at Stephenson
Gobin – part of British Engines – at High
Etherley for 17 years, man and apprentice.
When he and wife Susan took over the Surtees
Arms in 2007 their local had been the Grand
Hotel in Bishop Auckland and Simon Gillespie's
Wear Valley Brewery was his inspiration.
Alan shows off his new 2½ barrel kit from Moss
Brew of Blackburn.
On the pump is Yard of Ale's first brew, First
Yard, a 3.8% session bitter, dark copper in
colour with a smooth, roasted finish and
delicate hop/malt aroma. Alan and his family are
thinking of using wordplay based on Imperial
Measures for future beer names.
A fuller set of pictures at higher resoloution is on this
Picasa Web Album.
You can also see pictures of the historic Locomotion No.1 at
Heyingham directly on this