Newcastle Brown Ale was originally created by Lieutenant Colonel James ('Jim') Herbert Porter (b.
1892, Burton upon Trent), a third-generation brewer at Newcastle Breweries, in 1927.
Vaux of Sunderland, a rival brewer, quickly developed Double Maxim to compete.
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.
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.
It is also popular in Canada, available on draught at many British-themed pubs.