The Sonnet 43 Story

Sonnet 43's brewery

Sonnet 43 Brew House is a new micro-brewery producing craft beer that is all taste and heart.

Located in North-East England at Coxhoe, Co. Durham, we have taken our modern brewing philosophy and strong brand identity and fused this with local culture and history. Sonnet 43 ‘How do I Love Thee?’ is the best-known work of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who was born and raised in Coxhoe Hall; we took her words and expressed it our way – craft beer. Using only the best ingredients with traditional brewing methods enables us to produce remarkable, high-quality cask beers that deliver a real taste experience to be savoured and enjoyed.

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Our Beers

  • #24 Break & Belief

    Alcohol
    5.2%
    American Pale Ale

    Spring IPA

    A complex hoppy pale ale with a rich copper colour, the American hops produce root ginger and zesty citrus notes as well as contributing to the overall taste with Vienna malt adding a rich biscuit, toasted flavour. The use of west coast ale yeast creates a clean crisp finish bringing out the full flavour of this highly drinkable spring IPA.

  • #25 Taste & Heart

    Alcohol
    5.8%
    American Pale Ale

     Pacific Gem Single Hopped Ale

    Golden in colour and making use of a single hop for its full flavour. The New World hop pacific gem is used in generous amounts to produce a well-balanced fruity flavour, with strong hits of blackberries and tones of oak and woody offsets. The careful balance of specialised malts contribute to greater aroma and head retention making for a rich full flavour Single hop character

  • Blonde Beer

    Alcohol
    4.1%
    American Pale Ale

    Our Blonde beer is clear, crisp and dry with a low-to-medium bitterness and delicate aroma from moderate use of hops and some sweetness from the malt. A golden straw colour, The use of a generous amount of wheat malt contributes to a velverty texture creating a very smooth drink and creamy head.

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  • Bourbon Milk Stout

    Alcohol
    4.3%
    American Pale Ale

    Dark malts give this sweet stout an almost black body with a tempting dark tan head. Brewed using the finest ingredients gives a rich, full-body and aromas of bitter chocolate and oak, as well as multiple flavour levels comprising delicate sweet bourbon, silky chocolate and dry oak.

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  • Steam Beer

    Alcohol
    3.8%
    American Pale Ale

    Inspired by the American common ale brewed throughout prohibition. This is an amber ale with excellent clarity and a creamy off-white head with a very good retention period. The aroma has a well-balanced malt and hop combo. Medium bodied but with a slightly bitter though very refreshing aftertaste . A highly drinkable session ale.

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  • India Pale Ale

    Alcohol
    4.4%
    American Pale Ale

    A hoppy pale ale with a gold appearance with a creamy white head which remains throughout the drink. Complex hoppy aroma due to lots of Styrian hops. Delicate fruity malt taste make this beer hugely drinkable and sessionable whilst standing out from the crowd.

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  • American Pale Ale

    Alcohol
    5.4%
    American Pale Ale

    An interpretation of a modern style. It has a pale bronze colour and an exceptionally full-bodied complex character with a spicy and peppery aroma. Generous quantities of premium American hops give this Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet with a fruity, malty and spicy flavour.

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Latest News

  1. How Do I Love #22, #23, #24, #25

    22-23-24 We are getting really excited at the continued strong feedback and praise our how do I love thee . . . let me count the beers range is receiving. we are delighted that the special limited edition range of beers are representing what we hoped in a range of exciting difrent experimental style of beers. [...]

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  2. Tom on the move

    IMG_0365 Big congrats to our very own Thomas Bainbridge who recently completed his first year qualification in “introduction to brewing”. We gave Tom bags of malt, he gave us bags of commitment, we gave him buckets of hops, he gave us buckets of enthusiasm, tom is now studying to achieve his “certificate in brewing”, through the [...]

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  3. Poetic License!

    poetic liecence Sonnet 43 Brew House are delighted to announce that after much renovation, the former R Bar at the Roker Hotel has become Poetic License, a distillery bar specialising in spirits, craft beers and cocktails. Poetic License will proudly stock four Sonnet 43 beers on a regular basis, along side a rotating selection of eight guest [...]

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