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One of my favourite breweries, but one that is very rarely seen about is Newby Wyke. I did happen to come across a couple last weekend in the Kings Head, in Huddersfield however and having tried them, it reminded me what a good brewery they are.

Newby Wyke was set up in 1998 in Little Bytham near Grantham, moving to larger premises three years later, and again in 2009 . They are fairly easy to find near their home town but are rarely seen further afield, however, should you see them on a bar they are always worth a try, as they are invariably good, and often excellent.

The brewers seem to be very careful who gets their beer, they like to exert some control over the quality of their product at the point of dispense hence their scarcity in the free trade, preferring to use tried and tested pubs where quality will be maintained. Luckily, the Kings Head seems to meet their criteria.

Their beer range is wide, but rather than brewing one off brews, although they occasionally do, they prefer to remain within a core range with rebrews of seasonal specials. Most of their beers are light and hoppy, although of various strengths. My favourites being the single hopped 'Kingston Topaz'. and the stronger 'HMS Warrior' with its balanced citrus flavours. 'Chesapeake' contains 8 different hop varieties and is packed with taste.

For those interested in beer names; Newby Wyke, is itself named after a trawler, and many of their beers reflect the fishing heritage of the area, with some named after warships of various types.

Like I said earlier, their beers take a bit of finding so unless you happen to be around the Grantham or Stamford area, then keep trying the 'Kings Head' as they appear there fairly regularly, or may be a trip across to Greetland may be a possibility as their supplier also supplies a couple of outlets there. If you do manage to hunt them down, I am sure you will not be disappointed.