One of the bands visits Aycliffe Brewery with owners Nick and Gulen Smith (right)

The ever-popular Brew Room at Steam Machine Brewing Company is set to host four international brass bands in a live outdoor Concert as part of Durham’s Brass Festival. Nick Smith, one of the brewery’s founders said: “It’s great to be part of Durham Brass! We’re honoured to host this event, and to bring the festival to Newton Aycliffe. The bands playing are absolutely world class. It’s a free event, anyone can come down to enjoy the vibrant music and perhaps indulge in a craft beer or two!”
Durham Brass is having its tenth anniversary this year, and to celebrate they’ve commissioned the team at Steam Machine to create a brand new craft beer.
“We wanted something that spoke of warm summer evenings and good music. We’ve created a distinctive six percent blonde – “BIG BRASS BLONDE” – brewed with an eclectic mix of international hops. It’ll be available all over County Durham for the Brass Festival.
We’ll have it cold and sparkling on tap at the Brew Room for the concert. There will be food as well. We’ve teamed up with local gourmet catering company the ‘Whole Hog’ who’ll be offering their handmade burgers, sausages etc.”
The free outdoor event takes place in the IES Centre, just behind the Blue Bridge Centre (home to the Newton Press) on Horndale Avenue between 19:00 – 22:00 on Monday 11th July.
Further details can be found on Steam Machine’s facebook page, or at