Beer ice cream launched



Ice cream flavoured with a famous beer has been launched.

The Newcastle Brown Ale ice cream goes on sale at supermarkets and speciality shops across Newcastle and Northumberland from next week.

The product was dreamed up by Neill and Jackie Maxwell and made at their family-run Doddington Dairy.

Although the ice cream is made using the ale, under licence from brewers Scottish and Newcastle, the cooking process means it contains less than 1% alcohol.

It is manufactured in a small farm-based dairy in the village of Doddington near Wooler in Northumberland using fresh cream and milk as well as the ale and fudge.

They even produced a batch to serve to Capital of Culture judges visiting the region weeks ago to give them a taste of the region.

The visitors were reportedly impressed with the delicacy as they toured the area ahead of tomorrow's decision on the region's bid.

Mrs Maxwell said the product, which is being sold for a limited six-month period, had a caramel flavour with a "subtle" taste of Newcastle Brown.

She added: "It was also served up recently to the judges when they came up to judge the city of culture bid.

"I think they liked it, they thought it was great. We got some feedback from the organisers and they said they had tasted it and enjoyed it."