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By 1997, Scottish and Newcastle claimed that it was the most widely distributed alcoholic product in both pubs and off licences in the country.

Scottish and Newcastle announced its closure on 22 April 2004, in order to consolidate the brewing of beer and ale in the Federation Brewery site in Dunston, Gateshead, which was to pass to them with their £7.2m purchase of the Federation Brewery.

The Tyne Brewery site was bought by a consortium of Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council, and the regional development agency One North East, as part of the wider Newcastle Science City project.

The company cited the general fall in the market for beer, over-capacity in its plants in general, and the fact that the Dunston site was currently operating at just 60% capacity — despite the fact that sales of Newcastle Brown Ale had never been higher — as reasons for the closure.

In 2005 brewing moved from Newcastle to Dunston, Tyne and Wear, and in 2010 to Tadcaster.

Newcastle Brown Ale is perceived in the UK as a working-man's beer, with a long association with heavy industry, the traditional economic staple of the North East of England.

After the merger of Scottish Brewers with Newcastle Breweries in 1960, Newcastle Brown Ale became a flagship brand of Scottish & Newcastle alongside Mc Ewan's Export and Younger's Tartan Special.

This allows the drinker to regularly top-up the beer and thereby maintain a frothy "head".

In the United States, it is sold in 12-US-fluid-ounce (350 ml) servings.

Porter had served in the North Staffordshire Regiment in the First World War, earning his DSO with Bar before moving to Newcastle.

Porter had refined the recipe for Newcastle Brown Ale alongside chemist Archie Jones over a period of three years.

After the merger of Scottish Brewers with Newcastle Breweries in 1960, Newcastle Brown Ale became a flagship brand of Scottish & Newcastle alongside Mc Ewan's Export and Younger's Tartan Special.

This allows the drinker to regularly top-up the beer and thereby maintain a frothy "head".

In the United States, it is sold in 12-US-fluid-ounce (350 ml) servings.

Porter had served in the North Staffordshire Regiment in the First World War, earning his DSO with Bar before moving to Newcastle.

Porter had refined the recipe for Newcastle Brown Ale alongside chemist Archie Jones over a period of three years.

Newcastle Brown Ale is a brown ale, originally produced in Newcastle upon Tyne, but now brewed by Heineken at the John Smith's Brewery in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire.