ONE OF THE North East’s newest pubs is proving it is a great all-rounder this week, with help from a popular brewery.

The Sticky Wicket, at Durham Cricket Club, has teamed up with Durham Brewery to host a tap takeover from 23 to 27 May, with live music all weekend and a selection of beverages to try, including two kegs and four casks.

And exclusive to those attending the event is the chance to sample the brewery’s latest creation, AZACCA, which combines equanot, citra centennial and motueka with tart raspberry and a splash of amylou and is unlike any of its other beers.

Along with the new drink, visitors can choose from favourites such as Cashmere Blanc, an aromatic IPA with gentle bitterness, Nelson Sauvin, a New Zealand IPA with gooseberry notes throughout, and Helles, a slightly sweet and spicy lager.

Fans of stout can opt for Black Bishop, with a base of nine different malts and a clean coffee roast, or try Temptation, an imperial stout with coffee and liquorice notes. which is rarely found on tap but will be at the tap takeover.

The new pub, which opened its doors earlier this month (2 May) after a full refurbishment, will also welcome a number of acts to perform at the venue over the weekend.

Lewis Curry will kick off the takeover on 23 May, while Kendall and Jess Hynes Duo will perform the following day.

Those heading to the Sticky Wicket on Saturday can enjoy sets from Charlie Whyte and Dreamcatcher Duo, while Dave Ridley and The Funktones Duo will play on Sunday, before Dave Lynas and Kirsty Forster close the event on Monday.

Jack Brown, area operations manager at Ramside Estates, which also owns the Sticky Wicket, said: “We’re delighted that Durham Brewery has chosen to launch its newest beer at the tap takeover,” he said.

“We’ve got some fantastic acts performing, a range of delicious food and drinks on offer and there’s sure to be an amazing atmosphere over the five days.

“We hope people will be tempted to come down and try one of the beers over the weekend and make the most of the bank holiday celebrations.”