Big news! Be one of the first to try Blood Orange IPA!

Orange Pip Market visitors can enjoy a taste of “summer in a glass” with the unveiling of the event’s official craft beer.

The Blood Orange IPA has been created by McColl’s Brewery and is described as “totally and utterly refreshing” and “quaffable”.

It will be on sale in many of the micropubs in the Baker and Bedford Street areas for the first market of the year on Saturday, April 28, and throughout the summer.

Danny McColl, owner of the Teesdale-based brewery, said: “We have been fans of Orange Pip for ages and your mind goes off on a tangent and you think ‘surely they need an Orange Pip beer?’ We are always up for experimenting at the brewery.

“The Baker and Bedford Street area and Orange Pip are exactly where we want to be. I lived in Middlesbrough for seven or eight years when it was only Scruffy Murphy’s before it became O’Connells. The change has been immense.

“We’ve been getting to know the landlords – The Chairman, Slater’s Pick, Twisted Lip and Sherlocks have supported us from the beginning – and when we put the idea out six months ago everyone was up for it.

“It had to have orange in it, it had to be sessionable, quaffable – nothing outlandish – it’s summer in a glass, totally and utterly refreshing.”

Middlesbrough’s Deputy Mayor and Executive member for City Centre Strategy, Cllr Charlie Rooney, said: “Orange Pip Market has been a huge success and has brought all sorts of wonderful artisan food produce to Middlesbrough.

“That it is now also inspiring producers such as McColl’s brewery to create a craft ale in the spirit of Orange Pip is brilliant. If you could bottle the Orange Pip experience you’d do it in a heartbeat, and perhaps this beer is as close as we’ll get. We hope people enjoy the Blood Orange IPA and enjoy it responsibly.”

News about this weekend’s Orange Pip

Orange Pip Market – set to be held in Middlesbrough centre tomorrow (Saturday, October 28) – has been forced to cancel over safety concerns due to expected high winds.

The structures the market requires, including stalls and the stage, cannot be put up in the conditions expected tomorrow.

Middlesbrough Council has accepted the recommendations that it would be unsafe to go ahead with the October edition of the monthly event and is now wanting to inform the thousands of Orange Pip fans that it has been a necessary decision to take.

A spokesman said: “It’s devastating to have to cancel Orange Pip Market but public safety and that of our stallholders and our performers and artists is paramount – structures simply cannot be built in the forecasted conditions. It’s even harder to announce this on a lovely sunny day such as today, but it’s completely unavoidable.

“At the start of the week forecasts suggested that the weather would be within acceptable guidelines for the event to be run safely, however in the last 24 hours this has deteriorated rapidly.”

Orange Pip has been cancelled once before due to similar weather conditions on Christmas Eve last year.

The market will return as usual next month on Saturday, November 25 and then again for its Christmas special on Christmas Eve. It will then take a winter break for three months and return in April 2018.