Independent Newcastle and Ukrainian breweries team-up to create one-of-a-kind ale

Full Circle Brewery is selling a Ukrainian Golden Ale to raise money for Ukraine

Full Circle Brewery in Ouseburn has teamed up with a Ukrainian brewery to come up with a unique new blend.

The local business, found in Hoult's Yard, has collaborated with Varvar Brewery in Kyiv to create a Ukrainian Golden Ale which is on sale now.

Full Circle said: "We've brought the softness and balance from our usual pale ales and used a new yeast to us, which leaves behind a larger amount of residual sugar.

"Our version of the style has a gentle bitterness that cuts through this residual sugar making it a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

"We will be supporting the Ukrainian appeal with a large portion of the profits going toward a chosen charity."

Varvar Brewery has earnt a widespread reputation for its brewing that spreads much further than Ukraine.

On its website, Varvar describes its mission as: "Dream big. Always dream big, you know.

"We started small because at the beginning the only thing we had was our dream.

"We took it one step at the time and soon our very own, handcrafted and assembled by hand brewery arrived from Bila Tserkva.

"We installed it here in Kyiv at the premises of the former lumber house – “lisopylka” in Ukrainian, hence the name of the brew-pub – and continued the pursuit of our dream."

The Ukrainian Golden Ale contains 6.1% alcohol, is vegan friendly and is a sweet ale, offering hints of pine and grapefruit.

Cans can be ordered online here, with one priced at £4.70, a pack of six at £28.20, a pack of 12 at £50.77 and 24 for £101.53.

NewcastleWorld spoke to the team at Full Circle Brewery last year to find out about the business' story.

Owner Ben said: "We were originally trying to find somewhere in Durham but realised that the craft beer hub was in Newcastle.

"We struggled to find a spot big enough pretty central, then we found this venue in Hoult's Yard. It's split level so perfect for us as it allowed us to have a brewery on one level and a taproom on the other."