Opal Sunshine tasting at mmm… and glug…

mmm… and glug… is hosting a free tasting on Saturday, 5 May with Opal Sunshine, so customers can taste her hot, fresh and zingy pepper sauces.

Opal Ward is Belizean – and her beloved Belize is her spiritual home, her roots and her inspiration for cooking.

Belize is such a beautiful country. with its pristine lush natural terrain, extensive marine wonders and its diversity.

As the only English speaking country in South America, the Caribbean Sea rests to the East, Mexico to the North and Guatemala to the South and West.

With a population of approximately 368,000 (tiny right!), it stretches just 174 miles long and 68 miles wide.

Opal Sunshine hot sauces at mmm… and glug…

It was about a year ago when Opal was at a food festival selling her Belizean tamales, and instead of buying a shop bought hot sauce she decided to make her own.

Opal started with the ‘Original Hot Sauce’, which took a lot of time and testing (and tasting).

Initially, she took a family recipe and experimented to create a balance of heat and more importantly flavour.

From the original came the ‘Lime-anero’, a heavily infused lime flavoured pepper sauce with plenty of heat and full of flavour.

The mildest of them followed – Opal’s ‘Mayan Mango’. a fusion of mango, lime and ginger – great flavours which fuse beautifully together.

A sweet, fresh milder sauce. Yet still hot.

Want to know more about Opal Sunshine?

More tasting events at mmm… and glug… (all from 1pm unless otherwise stated)

  • Friday, 11 May – 40 Kola: Taste the new north east made ‘proper’ Kola (11.30am to 3pm)
  • Friday, 11 May – Masons Gin: Taste Yorkshire-distilled tea and lavender gins (4pm to 7pm)
  • Saturday, 12 May – Parlour Made: Taste award-winning local cheeses, including Durham Camembert
  • Saturday, 12 May – Durham Gin: Taste locally-made Durham gin, vodka and liqueurs
  • Saturday, 19 May – Consett Ale Works: Taste Consett’s classic ales, as well as their newly launched beers
  • Friday, 25 May – Lisbon Wines: Taste our small producer Portuguese wines with Victor.

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Treboom Brewery tasting at mmm… and glug…

Treboom Brewery at mmm and glug

mmm… and glug… is hosting a free tasting on Saturday, 5 May with Treboom Brewery, so customers can taste the brewery’s award-winning beers.

Treboom was established in Shipton-by-Beningbrough near York early in 2012 by John Lewis and Jane Blackman.

John worked as a research scientist but hung up his lab coat to pursue his dream of producing great beers, while Jane, a practising ceramicist brings a creative side to beer making.

John and Jane wanted a name that showed they were going to make a big splash – a grand entrance – and what better way than by a drum roll? TrrrBOOM!

They, like everyone at mmm… and glug… want to bang the drum for great beer.

What we sell at mmm… and glug…

Yorkshire Sparkle – 4% ABV 

John and Jane have their son to thank for the name Yorkshire Sparkle.

It perfectly describes this Really Pale Ale, clear and bright with refreshing grapefruit flavours and hints of tropical fruits.

It surely is a moreish pint.

Kettle Drum – 4.3% ABV 

That huge drum at the back of the orchestra, the kettle drum, is the inspiration for our best bitter.

With great presence and robust flavours, it really bangs the drum for beer.

Copper coloured with a distinct fruity flavour from Cascade hops.

Baron Saturday – 5.2% ABV (Bottle conditioned) 

Dark and mysterious, Baron Saturday captured Treboom’s imagination.

This voodoo spirit likes his followers to leave small gifts of cigars or peanuts.

John and Jane think this strong dark porter would be his perfect pint. Brewed with five different malts it has hints of coffee, chocolate and liquorice.

Myricale – 5% ABV

Bringing an old recipe bang up to date this brew uses Bog Myrtle (Myrica gale), an ingredient used in beer in medieval times before hops became popular.

Treboom made it into a delicious wheat beer allowing the gingery herb-like qualities of this remarkable plant to sing through.

They also brew this beer to support the work of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and 5p per bottle is donated to them.

Hop Britannia – 5% ABV

A fanfare for the power and might of British hops.

This strong pale ale is brewed entirely with hops grown in the British Isles.

Bramling Cross, Pioneer and Northdown varieties are combined to give a full-bodied, tasty, hoppy beer.

NEW: Trommel lager – 4.2% ABV 

Treboom’s cask-conditioned version of a lager.

By using lager malt, German Hallertau and Tettnang hops and brewing at a lower temperature than their traditional ales Treboom has made a fresh crisp satisfying lager.

We will have newly-canned Trommel lager at mmm… and glug… on Saturday, 5 May.

Want to know more about Treboom Brewery?

More tasting events at mmm… and glug… (all from 1pm unless otherwise stated)

  • Saturday, 5 May – Opal Sunshine: Taste Opal’s zingy, fresh Belizean-inspired pepper sauces
  • Friday, 11 May – 40 Kola: Taste the new north east made ‘proper’ Kola (11.30am to 3pm)
  • Friday, 11 May – Masons Gin: Taste Yorkshire-distilled tea and lavender gins (4pm to 7pm)
  • Saturday, 12 May – Parlour Made: Taste award-winning local cheeses, including Durham Camembert
  • Saturday, 12 May – Durham Gin: Taste locally-made Durham gin, vodka and liqueurs
  • Saturday, 19 May – Consett Ale Works: Taste Consett’s classic ales, as well as their newly launched beers
  • Friday, 25 May – Lisbon Wines: Taste our small producer Portuguese wines with Victor.

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Donzoko Brewing Company tasting at mmm… and glug…

mmm… and glug… is hosting a free Donzoko Brewing Company tasting this Saturday (28 April ) for customers to try a one-off German-style beer, along with locally made artisan beer bread and pretzels.

Based in Hartlepool, Reece Hugill (aka Donzoko Brewing) has a love of brewing beers in a German style.

Germany has produced amazing beer for centuries. Rich beer heritage is embedded in the culture.

Donzoko takes this beer tradition and combines techniques from modern UK and American craft brewing to create refreshing, unfiltered beers, packed with flavour.

Reece’s kegged beers have been going down well in north east hostelries, including The Free Trade Inn.

And now we are pleased to launch his new bottled beer – a limited run 8.5% ABV ‘Rock Bottom’ Doppelbock’ at mmm… and glug… this Saturday.

Rock Bottom is a showcase of rich German malt and crisp lager yeast and is the first of Donzoko’s limited release Doppelbocks.

Along with a tasting of the beer, Newcastle-based Pink Lane Bakery will be at mmm… and glug… tasting freshly baked German beer bread (using the Donzoko brew) as well as their legendary pretzels.

Beer, bread and pretzels – does it get any better?

Want to know more about Donzoko Brewing?

More tasting events at mmm… and glug… (all from 1pm unless otherwise stated)

  • Saturday, 5 May – Opal Sunshine: Taste Opal’s zingy, fresh Belizean-inspired pepper sauces
  • Friday, 11 May – 40 Kola: Taste the new north east made ‘proper’ Kola (11.30am to 3pm)
  • Friday, 11 May – Masons Gin: Taste Yorkshire-distilled tea and lavender gins (4pm to 7pm)
  • Saturday, 12 May – Parlour Made: Taste award-winning local cheeses, including Durham Camembert
  • Saturday, 12 May – Durham Gin: Taste locally-made Durham gin, vodka and liqueurs
  • Saturday, 19 May – Consett Ale Works: Taste Consett’s classic ales, as well as their newly launched beers
  • Friday, 25 May – Lisbon Wines: Taste our small producer Portuguese wines with Victor

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Lakes Distillery gin tasting at mmm… and glug…

mmm… and glug… is hosting a free Lakes Distillery tasting this Saturday (21 April ) from 1pm to 4pm for customers to try their new rhubarb and rosehip gin liqueur.

The word ‘gin’ is derived from the Dutch for juniper, ‘genever’ and the juniper berry is the botanical at the heart of gin making.

Fortunately for the Lakes Distillery juniper grows wild in the fells of the Lake District.

They use this local juniper together with other 13 botanicals native to the Lakes, such as bilberry, heather and hawthorn, to produce a gin which is complex, intriguing and above all else, delicious.

Lakes have infused their classic gin with tangy Rhubarb and Rosehip, to introduce another world-class edition to its delicious artisan spirits portfolio.

Their Master Blender, Dhavall Gandhi described the exciting new spirit as, “A warming and sweet infusion that complements the fruity and fresh characteristics of our juniper-led classic gin.”

The liqueur will be available in 20cl and 70cl bottles at mmm… and glug… this Saturday.

Customers buying a 70cl of Lakes gin this Saturday will also receive a free Lakes ‘rocking’ gin glass (while stocks last). 

Image above – the blushing Lakes Rhubarb & Rosehip Pink Lady cocktail.

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Vixin Cidre Normandy cider tasting at mmm… and glug…

Vixin Cidre at mmm and glug

mmm… and glug… are hosting a free Vixin Cidre tasting this Saturday (24 March) from 1pm for customers to try their Normandy apple and pear ciders.

Vixin cidre is the product of years of labour, travel, research and testing undertaken to create the perfect cider: fresh, crisp, natural and a delight to drink.

Vixin’s mission for a great cider started after they moved from London to New York and found ourselves missing the ciders so commonly available in the UK.

So off they went, traveling all over the UK, France, Belgium and the US for five years , tasting all the different ciders available.

Finally, they discovered the perfect French blend in a small cafe in Paris. A real, 100% pressed apple juice made from special French cider apples, fermented using a unique yeast from 1789.

The secret recipe had been passed on by generations of monks to create a delightful, sparkling, refreshing blend with a strong apple base and a glorious smell that transports you to an apple orchard in Normandy.

What we sell at mmm… and glug…

Vixin apple cidre – The perfect balance of crisp and sweet, Vixin apple cider is made from a blend of French cider apples with just the right amount of acidity, tannin and sweetness.

Refreshing, easy to drink and 100% natural.

Vixin pear cidre – Delicious pear cider with a delicate flavor, fresh pear aroma and a sophisticated finish.

An excellent refreshment with light, champagne-like bubbles.

Perfect for Brunch, with crepes, light salads, pasta and seafood dishes.

We hope you will enjoy Vixin – the champagne of ciders , dedicated to making every day a little bit more special.

So go on, find a special friend, open a bottle and enjoy your glorious day for a moment. Cheers to that!

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Muckle Brewing ales at mmm… and glug…

Muckle Brewing at mmm

Muckle Brewing is a tiny brewery with big values and mighty flavours – and we are delighted to be holding a ‘meet the brewer’ at mmm… and glug… on Saturday, 5 August 2017 from 1pm.

Situated close to Hadrian’s Wall, in an idyllic rural setting, Muckle select the best grains and hops to create ales with layers of flavour, a strong head and a refreshing taste.

Many years of brewing experimentation, testing, successes and failures have culminated in the development of Muckle Brewing’s inaugural five ales.

Definition: Muckle – Northumberland and Scottish dialect – great, massive, huge. In Northumberland used mainly as an adjective to describe big, large or mighty; muckle house, muckle tree.

What we sell at mmm…

Muckle Brewing ales at mmmMuckle Buster red ale
Windshields Crag marks the highest point of Hadrian’s Wall from where dramatic views open across Kielder Forest and the Cheviot Hills in the north; over purple heather moorlands leading to Cold Fell in the south; to the Solway Firth and Criffell in the west and to the east the Wall weaving and climbing along the Great Whin Sill ridge past mirrored loughs and roman forts.

Muckle Buster, a fruity red ale, is inspired by the radiant sunsets across the big skies of the Solway Firth where Hadrian’s Wall marches westward to the coast.

Muckle Chuckle amber ale
Haltwhistle Burn rises from the peaty uplands of Hadrian’s Wall Country in the shadow of the Great Whin Sill.

Gathering strength on its journey to the South Tyne Valley, it tumbles through a dramatic sandstone gorge with densely wooded banks, descending through an industrial heritage of wool, coal, lime and brick; now home to red squirrel, roe deer, otter, heron and dipper.

Muckle Chuckle, a refreshing amber ale with layers of flavour, is crafted around the sound of the burn bubbling and chuckling over and around the dark, mossy stones of Haltwhistle Burn Gorge.

Muckle Tickle bitter
During the summer months, wander through the graceful grasses and flowers of the upland hay meadows of Northumberland; bare calves brushed and tickled by the fescue grasses and flowers and seed heads of Wood Cranesbill and Meadow Buttercup; singing Skylarks hovering overhead and sun shining.

Muckle Tickle, a refreshing light bitter, is crafted of the calmness, tranquillity and colour of that sunny Hay Meadow in Hadrian’s Wall Country.

Muckle Moss Stout
Moss is the name used for the peat bogs and mires that scatter the hills and moors of Northumberland. Wrapped in myth and legend the mosses are places of unsure footing and deep, black peat-stained pools.

Muckle Moss, a National Nature Reserve, is situated in the undulating cuested landscape of Hadrian’s Wall Country and is a place of Curlew and Snipe, Bog Rosemary and Cotton Grass.

Muckle Moss Stout mirrors the character of the Moss. Rich, dark, aromatic with a good strong head the colour of Cotton Grass.

Whin Sill Blonde ale
The Great Whin Sill is a narrow, north facing ridge of hard dolerite rock running across Northumberland. Formed from cooled magma the rugged, rocky outcrop of the Whin Sill provides a dramatic backbone for Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Romans in 122 AD.

Whin Sill Blonde is brewed with Progress and Bramling Cross hops; giving an initial citrus flavour, followed by sweet grass and then a biscuity finish.

Refreshing and light, perfect for a warm sunny summers day.

Want to know more about Muckle Brewing?

Thanks to Muckle Brewing for the information and (c) images on this page.

Help offered for Father’s Day beer buyers

A Newcastle shop is hoping to help Father’s Day shoppers who don’t know their bitters from their IPAs to find the perfect pint.

mmm… and glug… has enlisted the help of Blaydon-based Firebrick Brewery to host a beer tasting for non-beer lovers on Saturday, 17 June.

mmm glug Father's DayThe free event, being held in the Grainger Arcade from 12 noon onwards, will hopefully make it easy for local mums, sons and daughters (aged 18 and over) to pick the perfect local beers.

Firebrick will be tasting some of their most popular beers, including ‘Wey-Aye PA’ pale ale and ‘Toon Broon’ brown ale.

mmm… and glug… owner Simone Clarkin is hoping to not only help out non-beer lovers find the right Father’s Day gift, but also to see new converts to local beers.

She said: “We regularly hold meet the brewer events, but this one will be slightly different as we are aiming it at family members who might not really know what they should buy.

“We will be helping out lots of local shoppers to pick the right beers – and hopefully try a few out themselves.

“Craft beers are becoming more and more popular and great local breweries like Firebrick are helping to spread the word of just how good north east beers can be.”

The free Father’s Day tasting (for over 18s only) is being held at mmm… and glug… 10-13 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QF from 12 noon on Saturday, 17 June.

About Firebrick Brewery

Firebrick is the epitome of a good craft brewery and currently produces twelve beer brands.

Four of these brands are linked to the seasons and make its Mystical Range; the other eight belong to its Heritage Range, which is inspired by the history of Blaydon and the North East of England.

Want to know more before Father’s Day?

Other events at mmm… and glug… (all from 1pm)

  • Saturday, 27 May: Lilliard Gin tasting – meet Kate the distiller and  taste her award-winning Jedburgh small batch craft gin
  • Saturday, 3 June: Flashhouse Brewing meet the brewer – come and taste Jack O’Keefe’s latest North Shields-brewed ales, including his new chocolate coffee stout
  • Patagonian wine tasting (date tbc)
  • Summer fruit beer tasting (date tbc)
  • Ooft! meet the maker – come and taste hot Scotch Bonnet pepper and smoky chipotle sauces (date tbc)
  • Meet the Hogarth honey bees – come and meet 10,000 of our honey making bees and taste this year’s summer honey (date tbc)
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Brinkburn St Brewery ‘Groovy Juice’ at mmm…

Brinkburn St Brewery Groovy Juice at glug...

Say hello to (and of course taste) Brinkburn St Brewery’s Groovy Juice at mmm… and glug… this Saturday (8 April) from 1pm.

This ‘New England’-style IPA comes in at 6.0% ABV and is made with seven different hop varieties – Azacca, Cascade, Simcoe (US), Olicana (UK) & Sticklebract, Wai-iti, Waimea (New Zealand).

Rolled flaked oats included in the mash give an enhanced mouth feel, together with an “orangey” appearance and a very juicy character!

It begs the question ‘CAN YOU DIG IT??’ 

About Brinkburn St Brewery

Brinkburn St Brewery was formed in January 2015 by founder Lee Renforth and started brewing in September 2015, after a nine month period of set-up and trial brewing.

Since then, Brinkburn has brewed over 20 different beers that they have tested in over one hundred pubs and clubs in Tyneside and further afield in an attempt to try to identify what real/craft ale drinkers like.

Their core range (all stocked at mmm… and glug… when available) are:

  • Session beers (ABV 3.6 – 4.2%) – Canny Sculler (ABV 3.6%), Byker Blonde (ABV 4.0%) and Byker Hill Bitter (ABV 4.2%)
  • Mid-strength ales (ABV 4.3 – 4.8%) – Byker Brown Ale (ABV 4.8%), Tino (ABV 4.8%) and Geordie Pagoda (ABV 4.8%)
  • Hop-head ales (ABV 5.0%+) – Fools Gold – Remastered (ABV 5.0%), The Pursuit of Hoppiness 2016 (ABV 5.2%) and Hop Gremlin (ABV 5.6%).

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Pirate Life Brewing Australian ales now at mmm…

Pirate Life Brewing at mmm...

Pirate Life Brewingmmm… and glug… has become the first north east retailer to stock ales from award-winning Australian brewery Pirate Life Brewing.

The brewery, founded in Adelaide, South Australia in 2014, is the brainchild of brewers Jared Proudfoot and Jack Cameron.

Pirate Life specialises in modern, hop-forward beers that include a 5.4% Pale Ale, its 6.8% IPA and a 3.5% Throwback IPA.

The company has also experienced acclaim, winning the “best new brewery in Australia” prize from Ratebeer in 2014.

It also saw four of its beers appear in the top 20 of the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers from over 1,600 beers nominated by Australian craft beer drinkers.

What we sell at mmm… and glug…

Pirate Life Brewing Throwback IPA (3.5% ABV)
Pouring a hazy golden colour the first thing that hits you is the aroma of fresh hops pouring out of the glass.

Light bodied with a lovely carbonation, this mid strength IPA certainly holds nothing back on flavour.

Look for a citrus/piney hit of fresh hops on the palate with a light.

Ideal for that Sunday BBQ.

Pirate Life Brewing Pale (5.4% ABV) 
While hops are central again here… they’re deeper and darker than those found in the Throwback or IIPA.

Add to that some of that pine forest floor character you expect from old school West Coast hops alongside the citrus elements.

They are joined by prominent sharp caramel malts to create a creamy lushness on the palette.

There’s something herbal there too and a hearty bitterness to wrap things up.

Pirate Life Golden AlePirate Life Brewing and Hilltop Hoods’ record label Golden Ale (4.7% ABV) 

Picture this. BrewDog brewery in Scotland, freezing cold and Jack and Red are arriving for one of their 12hr+ night shifts.

They get a message from home. Friends having beers at the beach. It almost breaks them.

‘What music do you want Redman?’ asks Jack. ‘Better make it The Hoods, Skip’ replies Red.

Five years later they are launching in Adelaide: The Hilltop Hoods’ home town. Pirate Life receive an email from the manager of their Record Label asking if we’d brew a beer with them. So here it is. The Golden Era Golden Ale.

Hopped up golden ale with plenty of body to it. Looks good in the glass with a vibrant orange colour and a big fluffy white head.

Citrus hops in the flavour leads to a long satisfying finish

Pirate Life IPAPirate Life Brewing IPA (6.8%) 
So Pirate Life has decided to make another hoppy American-style ale.

Seems a bit counter intuitive.

However, this is quite an important beer as it fills in a pretty big gap.

They have a smashable mid, a well-balanced Pale Ale and a big broody, dank hop-bomb of a Double IPA.

So what’s this IPA like? Bright, fruity and full of liquid fun.

Pirate Life Brewing Imperial IPA (8.8% ABV)
Pirate Life Imperial IPAPirate Life’s Imperial India Pale Ale comes in a 500ml can.

It comes on like a freight train, bursting with citrus aromas and belting you on the back palate with hop bitterness.

Fortunately all of that hop action is balanced by a strong hop base and what the Aussies call ‘fun juice’; that is alcohol.

This Imperial IPA is 8.8% ABV.

It is a lot – but it adds an important rounding quality to the beer. 

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North east drinkers get secret ‘in-cider’ information

Acre 637 - secret acre

Acre 637 cider logommm… and glug… are giving north east drinkers the chance to taste a unique cider produced in a secret location.

It will be tasting ‘Acre 637’ apple cider this Saturday (18 March) from 1pm onwards.

On their Herefordshire estate, Farmcare Trading Ltd uses a special, rare selection of apples from an unmarked area of land, known only as Acre 637, to produce their ‘secret’ cider.

Farmcare rescued the rare apple trees in 2008 –and is one of only three farms in the world to hold such a wide variety of heritage apples.

mmm… and glug… owner Simone Clarkin is hoping to use the free event to highlight the importance of preserving rare varieties of UK apples.

She said: “We regularly hold meet the brewer events, but this one will be slightly different as cider fans are literally going to be tasting a bit of British history.

“As well as tasting the Acre 637 cider, our customers will also get the chance to meet Farmcare Trading Ltd and hear more about their business ethos.”

Alison White, Business Development Executive for Farmcare Trading Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be giving North East cider fans their first chance to try this unique cider and say ‘cheers’ to the future of UK apple farming.

“We’re all about producing high quality food in an environmentally responsible way for our customers.”

The free tasting (for over 18s only) is being held at mmm… and glug… 10-13 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QF from 1pm this Saturday (18 March).

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