The Brewery: “Maxim Brewery began full production in Houghton le Spring in 2007. To brew the best beers possible requires the best brewery equipment available. Our 20 barrel brewery equipment was previously at the Canongate Brewery on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. This was Scottish & Newcastle’s pilot brew house and as you would expect, was built to a very high specification. Indeed, it remains probably the best equipment of its size anywhere in the UK today….” The Beer: “Double Maxim’s ‘Big Brother’ and a multi award winner…….A strong premium ale brewed with a hint of Demerara sugars…….Dark ruby in colour, Maximus has a sweet liquorice taste that is warming and easy to drink. Beware of its underlying strength” Sound advice that last bit as this went down far too easily – a lovely drop although maybe that sweetness distracted me from the strength a bit. 6.0% A.B.V. March 2019. Another great find from the Monks Cross Asda near York.