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The Review: Rocket Town Brewery

There has never been a better time to be a beer drinker. With the modernisation of the great British tradition in recent years, brewing beer has become an art form for smaller breweries experimenting with new ingredients and flavours to create quality ales tailored for their local market. Rocket Town Brewery began with four men local to the market town of Darlington in the north east of England. Good quality beer was the goal, and still within the first year of brewing, they are making their mark on the world of craft beer.

Offering a distinctive collection of bottled and cask ales from their own rendition of the classic pale ale to session porter, Rocket Town brew in small batches to ensure consistent quality and taste. We’ve taken a look at just a few of the eight variations available.

The Beers

Lift Off Steam Beer – 4.5%

Taking inspiration from San Francisco steam beer, Lift Off is crafted from a lager yeast to give it an effervescent freshness. A good, light bodied beer at 4.5%, with burnt caramel flavours and a tangy bitterness to finish.

Second Burn – 4.2%

A light to medium bodied ale, Second Burn is golden in colour and offers an understated hoppy flavour with a subtle orange taste. Offering an earthy bitterness and a rich fruity flavour this beer is the perfect example of bitter-sweet.

DPA – 4.8%

The brewery’s signature pale ale is crafted from Rakau and Simcoe hops creating light, refreshing citrus notes with a hint of pepper. At 4.8% this is an easy to drink option with a deliciously crisp balanced flavour.

Kolsch – 4.0%

A session beer with a refreshing taste, Kolsch is one of Rocket Town’s most popular options. Bridging the gap between lager and beer, this one tends to come bottled with a refreshing recipe that comes from it’s Bavarian origins.


Transforming a dis-guarded caravan into a touring dispensary of delicious ales, liquor and wine, the team at Rocket Town are taking to the road to spread the word about the brewery. Planning to visit festivals, launch events and special celebrations to deliver refreshing, hoppy goodness to the masses, the Rocket Town BAR-A-VAN is available to hire complete with bar staff, glassware, two cask ales and a full range of bottled beers.

Be sure to swing by and grab yourself a tipple from the BAR-A-VAN at Middlefest, Spennymoor (24th July 2016) or West Fest, West Auckland (30th July 2016) this summer or visit one of the many Rocket Town stockists throughout the north east:

Darlington: Hole in the Wall, Avalon, Half Moon, The Railway Tavern, Hash Bar, Tapas Bar, Darlington Snooker Club, Railway Athletic Football Club, Darlington Cricket Club, Houndgate Town House, Truffle Restaurant, Rockliffe Hall Golf Club House

Piercebridge: The Fox Hole

Richmond: Rustique

Sadberge: The Buck Inn

Ingleton: The Black Horse

Middlesborough: Cafe 34

For more information and sales contact Pip Whitehead 01325 624212 or email