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Firebrick Brewery are based at Blaydon-on-Tyne (Newcastle) England.
Their label shows a Thames Barge used extensively for shipping goods, including Firebricks, between the Rivers Tyne and Thames, in the 19C. From these ports, goods were transported around the world. Maybe some Firebricks even reached New Zealand! Today we can certainly get exotic hops from NZ to Newcastle, and have used plenty in the making of Trade Star, their tribute to the great days of trade on the Tyne.
Two varieties of New Zealand hops are added at intervals very late during the brewing of this amber pale ale to produce background notes of tropical fruit, lemon, lime, and spice.