mmm… and glug… is hosting a free Masons Gin tasting on Friday, 28 September (from 3pm to 6pm) so customers can taste their award-winning Yorkshire-distilled gins.
Masons wanted to create a taste that wasn’t just your run of the mill, off the shelf, generic gin.
Recipe after recipe was rejected in the search for a gin they felt deserved to be called Masons Yorkshire Gin.
Distilled in Masons’ copper alembic stills “Steve’ & “Leftie” in 200-litre batches, each 70cl bottle bears its own handwritten batch and bottle number.
With its traditional slow distillation method, pure Yorkshire water and just the right balance of juniper, citrus elements and secret botanical ratio they created a distinctly unique gin – the first gin distilled in Yorkshire.
What we will be tasting at mmm… and glug… this Friday
Yorkshire Tea Gin – available in 20cl and 70cl bottles
Lavender Gin – available in 20cl and 70cl bottles
Original Dry Yorkshire Gin – available in 20cl and 70cl bottles
Limited edition peppered pear gin – available in 70cl bottles.
You’ve got your Hacker-Pschorr, your Paulaner stein and a whole load of beers on reserve, it’s now time to think about the Oktoberfest recipes inspired from ingredients at mmm… and glug…
Here some of our favourite recipes we think you should add to your repertoire immediately in order to make the most of Oktoberfest 2018.
Often, we head straight to the sausages, shanks and schnitzels when thinking about German cuisine but here at mmm… and glug… we’re putting the beer on centre stage.
Ein – Beer mustard/Bier Senf
From experience, this is delicious with a steak, or sausages, or potatoes, or in sandwiches, or, just anything!
Don’t forget – every Friday we have freshly made Pink Lane Bakery pretzels our store.
Deliciously dunkable with a homemade beer mustard!
Did someone say beer and cheese?
YES. Need we say more?
Beer and cheese is a match made in heaven.
Try our very popular Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock for a darker soup or a Spaten lager for a lighter one.
Food Republic recipe here.
Vier – Rarebit/Käse auf Toastbrot
Forget about Guinness, try adding one of our dark German beers (such as Schlosser Altbier or Paulaner Celebrator) to take your Welsh Rarebit to the next level.
Olive Magazine recipe here.
Fünf – Chocolate truffles – with beer, of course/ Schokoladentrüffel mit Bier
Trust us, this one may sound odd, but the bitterness that the beer brings to the table works like a dream against that rich dark chocolate.
Try using our German wheat beers (such as Erdinger of Schneider Weisse) rather than an IPA for something truly delicious.
Bon Appetit recipe here.
We often get a whole host of questions about how to use the products and ingredients in our shop – from the extraordinary array of herbs, spices and chillies, through to the ever trendy black garlic…not forgetting the adventurous and curious flavours of cordials on hand.
So, we thought it was about time to start sharing some of our favourite hints, tips and recipes to get you going and maybe even debunk some myths along the way.
Today we’re focusing on Pomegranate Molasses, why?
Well, too many times we’ve heard you cry, ‘I used it once and then it sat in my cupboard for a billion years unused’… a travesty!
There’s so much you can do with this ancient and wondrous ingredient – it’s sweet but sour, thick, sharp, rich, deep and completely versatile.
As a native fruit of Persia, the pomegranate (and pomegranate molasses) is synonymous with Middle Eastern, African and Mediterranean cooking, which is where the ingredient really does shine.
It adds a fruity almost citric taste to any dish meaning there’s no excuse as to why you can’t get creative with the ingredient.
It can work as a super substitute for balsamic vinegar, honey, or even lemon juice – anything you want to imbue with a richness, tartness, sweetness.
Think drinks, soups, stews, dressings and desserts…no longer may this ingredient sit sorrowfully in the back of your cupboard!
Here are three recipes to get you going: – stick with it
Judges from the guild, which recognises and promotes excellence in independent retail, will visit the Newcastle store and carry out a series of mystery shopping exercises, before announcing the overall winner in September.
Owner Simone Clarkin, is delighted to be recognised for such a prestigious award, especially at a time when independent high street shops face pressure from supermarkets and out of town retailers.
She said: “When we originally opened our Grainger Market store back in 2008 we wanted to get people in the north east and beyond to think about what they eat and drink – and where it comes from.
“Over the past ten years, we have expanded twice within the Grainger Market and then in late 2017 into the city centre – all done during a climate of huge retail uncertainty.
“It is great to know that our efforts to provide great food and drink, and hopefully even greater customer service and advice to shoppers has helped us reach this stage.
“We really hope that our ethos of being there to provide easy access to good food and drink to the region can help us to bring this prestigious award back the north east.
The Guild’s panel of highly experienced judges, which includes Edward Berry of The Flying Fork, Stuart Gates, who has worked for both Harrods and Fortnum & Mason, award-winning retailer Tracey Colley and Georgina Mason from Gonalston Farm Shop, will rate, score and feedback on every aspect of mmm… and glug… before agreeing to a winner.
On Thursday, 20 September, Shop of the Year 2018 will reach an exciting finale when the world of fine food gathers at the Guild of Fine Food’s London base, to find out the winners of Shop of the Year 2018.
mmm… and glug… expanded its business with a move to larger headquarters in Newcastle city centre in late 2017 and plans to launch a ‘click and collect’ online shop during its tenth year in business.
Earlier this year mmm… and glug… came out top in North East and Cumbria in the prestigious RateBeer.com awards.
The awards to breweries, pubs and retailers, sees beer lovers from dozens of countries rate their favourite tipples and where they buy or drink them.