McEwan's Export - an underrated beer.


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Never had that WeeGord it's on the list

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Definitely give the Champion a go, it’s quite strong so not really a session ale but it’s a really nice drink. Have too many though and you’ll not remember much 😉
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My uncle used to let me pour his pint of export (or Newcy brown ale) when I was a little lad (6 or 7 yo) in the 70s when I stayed at their house and if I got the head just right I was rewarded with a couple of mouth fulls. Happy memories of a top man. Probably why I have always preferred beer to lager. I still have his heavy, handled, dimpled pint glass which I now use at home - one of my few truely prized possessions.
The British Legion in Woodbridge in Suffolk used to sell Export on tap, instantly went to the top of my list of ale houses. And I was told years ago that there was a pub in Endinburgh that sold nothing but Export and that all you had do do was tell the barman how many.


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Export IS 80 Shilling.
I worked for S&N in Scotland and NE in the early 80's.

The 80/70/60 shilling name is down to historical duty paid based on the strength of the beer.
McEwans Export is effectively just 80 Shilling Cask (Heavy) processed to within an inch of its life for keg and more so for cans.
It is a fact that Teesside palate favours a stronger beer than many other places in Britain and certainly versus the rest of the NE. One of the reasons Newcastle Brown Ale was so popular in pubs in bottles.
Teesside was a strange place in that it was one of the few places with such a diverse brewing choice.
Bass had Bass and (Sheffield's Stones), but were biggest through their estate and because Carling was their lager.
Courage had John Smiths.
Allied had Tetley Imperial
Whitbread had Trophy
Vaux had Samson
Camerons had Strongarm
Watney Mann Truman the sixth national brewer at the time didn't feature up here.
The Masham breweries didn't really feature as they had no estate and were shut out, until S&N murdered Theakstons.
S&N had Newcastle Exhibition and Tartan, both simply useless for Teesside, so introduced 80 Shilling (80 Bob) in a "bright beer" format especially brewed for Teesside area. It went extremely well being much stronger than its S&N draught predecessors, roughly same in strength as Imperial.
S&N effectively sold 80 Bob in Teesside, Exhibition in County Durham and Best Scotch in Tyneside/Northumberland.
The 80 Bob Bright beer in Teesside was quite close to Export but not as gassy. It was different to a pint of Heavy in Scotland too albeit from the same stable.

Now Heineken peddle shīt John Smiths, while great names like Tetley, Bass and McEwans have been all but lost as international brewers have hoovered everything up and spit it out.
Which is why we are so blessed to still have Black Sheep and Timothy Taylors up and running.