Father’s Day beers at mmm… and glug…

Firebrick Brewery Father's Day

A Newcastle store is helping shoppers who don’t know their blondes and bitters from their IPAs to find the Father’s Day perfect pint.

Grainger Street-based mmm… and glug… has enlisted the help of Blaydon-based Firebrick Brewery to host a beer tasting for non-beer lovers on Saturday, 16 June.

The free event, from 1pm onwards, will hopefully make it easy for local mums, partners, sons and daughters (aged 18 and over) to pick perfect father-friendly beers.

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

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

She said: “We regularly hold ‘meet the brewer’ events, but this is 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.

“Our north east beers are hugely popular and great local breweries like Firebrick are helping us to spread the word of just how good these beers can be.”

The free Father’s Day tasting (over 18s only) is being held at mmm… and glug…129 Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5AE from 1pm on Saturday, 16 June.

mmm… and glug… expanded its business with a move to a 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.

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Consett Ale Works tasting at mmm… and glug…

Consett Ale Works at mmm and glug

mmm… and glug… is hosting a free tasting event with the new look – but same great tasting – Consett Ale Works beers this Saturday (19 May) from 1pm onwards.

Leaning heavily on the town’s iron works heritage, Consett Ale Works has developed distinctive brands, such as Red Dust and Steel Town Bitter.

Their beers hark back to the days when prosperity could not be separated from the steel which built Blackpool tower and the nation’s nuclear submarines.

The recipes for the brews were created by Consett’s master brewer
Rufus, with the former ironworks in mind.

They wanted to have ales that would be flavoursome enough to have quenched the thirst of the ironworker’s as they left work after a hot and gruelling day in front of the furnaces.

Consett’s beers are for them and for you.

What we are tasting this Saturday

  • Red Dust – ruby red in colour and beautifully clear with a robust, full-flavoured malt and fruit nature.
  • White Hot – the perfect summer beer; highly hopped and sparkling with wheat-like cereal characteristics.
  • Consett Pale Ale – a quintessential English pale ale
  • Men of Steel – full flavoured golden hoppy ale
  • The Works – a dark robust ale
  • Consett Stout – a rich creamy stout.

Want to know more about Consett Ale Works?

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

  • Saturday, 26 May – Hogarth Honey: Taste Spring 2018 honey and meet 20,000 bees who made it
  • Saturday, 26 May – Brinkburn Street Brewery: Taste beers from one of the closest breweries to our shop
  • Saturday, 9 June – Twice Brewed: Taste Bardon Mill-brewed beers, including their ‘Ale Caesar’ amber
  • Saturday, 16 June – Firebrick Brewery: Taste Blaydon-brewed beers, including ‘Elder Statesman’ bitter for the perfect Father’s Day gift
  • Saturday, 16 June – Fat Lass Jams: Taste Bridget’s locally made jams and preserves, including her ‘Newkie Brown’ chutney.

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Ananda’s Gourmet spice kits at mmm… and glug…

Ananda's Gourmet spice kitsThis Saturday (17 February 2018) we are holding a free tasting of Ananda’s Gourmet Indian curry spice kits at mmm… and glug…, with Indian-brewed beers to match.

Ananda’s spice packs are pre-mixed and perfectly proportioned to recreate the authentic flavours of India.

Each kit has its own shopping list (for any fresh ingredients) and an easy-to-follow recipe inside.

Ananda will be tasting her:

  • Paneer Masala
  • Hyderabadi Lamb Korma
  • Goan Prawn Curry
  • Indi Burgers.

We will also have the full selection of Ananda’s vegetarian, chicken, lamb and fish spice kits for you to choose from.

White Rhino Brewing Co.

We will also be tasting our new ‘White Rhino’ Indian-brewed IPA and lager on the day (over 18s only).

White Rhino Brewing Co, India’s first craft brewery, was set up by a team 
of young brewers with the aim of bringing both quality and variety to the Indian beer market.

Their goal was to make 
beer for India that would stand up to an international standard.

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

  • Friday, 2 March – Spanish Cava tasting: Taste our amazing Villarnau Cava (Hint: ahead of Mother’s Day)
  • Saturday, 16 June – Firebrick Brewery tasting: Taste Firebrick’s Blaydon-brewed beers and sort the perfect Father’s Day gift.

Want to work at mmm… and glug…? We are recruiting!

mmm glug at 129 Grainger Street

We are currently recruiting for a part-time Team Member/Retail Assistant to work an average of 10 hours per week (flexible shifts).

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Be comfortable engaging with people in a proactive and friendly way
  • Enjoy selling
  • Have an interest in food and drink
  • Show entrepreneurial spirit
  • Be prepared to work hard
  • Have basic IT skills
  • Be competent with maths.

Key tasks will include:

  • Greeting, assisting and advising customers
  • Being proactive in selling food and drink products
  • Making sure every customer is well served
  • Accepting and unloading deliveries (some heavy lifting involved)
  • Merchandising and maintenance of stock
  • Keeping the shop clean and tidy.

Other information:

  • You must be available to work weekends and Bank Holidays (Statutory Notice of Rights in Relation to Sunday Shop Work applies)
  •  You must also be available to work up to and including Monday, 24 December, 2018
  • As this role involves the selling of alcohol you must be 18 years or over.

Salary: £7.50 per hour.

How to apply

please submit your CV and a covering note giving three reasons why you believe you are a perfect fit for this role to simone@mmm-glug.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 11.59pm on Friday, 23 February, 2018.

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Want to work at mmm… and glug…? We are recruiting!

Recruiting at mmm glug

We are currently recruiting for a part-time Team Member/Retail Assistant.

Minimum 60 hours per month (flexible shifts).

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Be comfortable engaging with people in a proactive and friendly way
  • Enjoy selling
  • Have an interest in food and drink
  • Show entrepreneurial spirit
  • Be prepared to work hard 
  • Have basic IT skills
  • Be competent with maths.

Key tasks will include:

  • Greeting, assisting and advising customers 
  • Being proactive in selling food and drink products 
  • Making sure every customer is well served
  • Accepting and unloading deliveries (some heavy lifting involved)
  • Merchandising and maintenance of stock 
  • Keeping the shop clean and tidy.

Other information: 

  • You must be available to work weekends (Statutory Notice of Rights in Relation to Sunday Shop Work applies)
  • You must also be available to work up to and including Sunday, 24 December, 2017.

Salary: £7.50 per hour.

How to apply: please submit your CV and a covering note giving three reasons why you believe you are a perfect fit for this role to simone@mmm-glug.co.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday, 29 September, 2017.

Want to know more?

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

  • Saturday, 16 September: Croft Twist tasting – come and taste our new elderflower, lemon, mint and sherry (yes, sherry) sparkling 5.5% long drink
  • Saturday, 23 September: The Lakes Distillery tasting – come and taste Lakes Gin, Lakes Vodka and ‘The ONE’ whisky
  • Saturday, 30 September: Lisbon Wines – come and taste our new Portuguese wines.

Coming soon …

  • We are hoping to be in our new shop at 129 Grainger Street (opposite the old Barclays Bank) mid to end of October. Watch out for news and opening events.
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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%).

Want to know more?

Want to work at mmm… and glug…? We are recruiting!

Recruiting at mmm glug

We are currently recruiting for a part-time Team Member/Retail Assistant.

Minimum 45 hours per month (flexible shifts)

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Enjoy relating to people in a positive and friendly way
  • Be comfortable selling
  • Have an interest in food and drink
  • Show entrepreneurial spirit
  • Be prepared to work hard
  • Have basic IT skills
  • Be competent with maths.

Key tasks will include:

  • Greeting and assisting customers
  • Sales and customer service
  • Accepting and unloading deliveries (some heavy lifting involved)
  • Merchandising and maintenance of stock
  • Keeping the shop clean and tidy.

Other information:

  • You must be able to work Saturdays and the occasional Sunday
  • You must also be available to work up to Saturday, 24 December, 2016.

Salary:

  • £7.20 per hour.

To apply: please submit your CV and a covering note giving three reasons why you believe you are a perfect fit for this role to simone@mmm-glug.co.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday, 7 October, 2016.

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Help offered for Father’s Day beer buyers

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

mmm… and glug… has enlisted the help of brewers from award-winning Tyne Bank Brewery to host a beer tasting for non-beer lovers event on Saturday, 20 June.

The event, being held in the Grainger Arcade from 12 noon onwards, will hopefully make it easy for local mums, sons and daughters to pick the perfect local beers.

Tyne Bank posterTyne Bank’s brewers will also be unveiling several brand-new beers at the event – giving buyers the chance to buy bottles that will impress even the most ardent craft beer lover.

mmm… and glug… owner Simone Clarkin is hoping to not only help out non-beer lovers find the right 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 Tyne Bank are helping to spread the word of just how good north east beers can be.”

The free 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, 20 June.

The deli and craft beer store will also be tweeting out news of the new limited edition Tyne Bank beers prior to the event to its 18,000 plus followers using @mmm_newcastle 

And Union Bavarian craft beers at glug…

We don’t think we have ever seen a reaction to new beers like when the Bavarian-brewed And Union bottles arrived at glug…

And Union do things very differently. They like doing it that way and hope that you’ll like the fruits of their efforts.

In 2007, they started to work hand-in-hand with different brewmasters from small, regional Bavarian family-run breweries to create craft lagers and ales that they are not only proud to produce for our customers, but love to drink themselves.

And Union are independent – they are a trio of a father, a son and his long time business partner and friend. 

You can’t rush craftsmanship, and that’s why And Union’s traditional brewing processes take up to 16 weeks.

What we sell at glug…

And Union Friday IPAFriday Über IPA – an unfiltered India Pale Ale (6.5% abv) with a 10 week brewing tim

And Union’s take on the American-style IPA. Not for woosies!

  • Colour: Deep, hazy and copper
  • Aroma: Roasted tangerine and peach cobbler
  • Palate: Crème brûlée and ripe tropical fruit
  • Finish: Fresh ginger and effervescent hoppy dryness
  • Hops: Hallertau aroma hops and American hops
  • Pairing: North indian curries, bbq, cajun, schezuan, strong cheddar and currywurst.

And Union Sunday IPASunday easy pale ale – unfiltered pale ale (5.5% abv) with an eight week brewing time

Balanced and gently spiced. An ‘easy-like-Sunday-morning’ pale ale.

  • Colour: Golden and hazy orange sunset
  • Aroma: Orange peel and fresh flowers
  • Palate: Tangerine and grapefruit. Rich malt
  • Finish: Citrusy, resiny and hoppy loveliness
  • Hops: Hallertau aroma hops and American hops
  • Pairing: Seafood, shellfish, fried foods, mature cheeses and spicy pork.

And Union Handwerk IPAHandwerk every day ‘all-day’ IPA – an unfiltered India Pale Ale (5.5% abv) with an eight week brewing time

Zippy, fresh and fruity. A gentle introduction to the IPA.

  • Colour: Hazy and copper orange
  • Aroma: Baked apricot and wild honey
  • Palate: Tropical fruit
  • Finish: Lingering fruit, malt and herbal hop
  • Hops: Hallertau aroma hops and American hops
  • Pairing: Cream-based pastas, fried foods, mature cheeses and curries.

And Union unfiltered lagerBrewers & union unfiltered Helles – ‘Unflt lager’ unfiltered helles lager (5% abv) with a six week brewing time

An old school lager. 

Unfiltered, unpasteurised and bursting with flavour.

  • Colour: Hazy and pale straw
  • Aroma: Fresh hay and lemon rind
  • Palate: Malty citrus and brioche
  • Finish: Biscuity smoothness with crisp hop freshness
  • Hops: Hallertau aroma hops.
  • Pairing: Appetisers, spicy foods, calamari, oysters, prawns, pork chops and salami.

And Union Bern Strein Amber LagerBern Stein – an unfiltered amber lager (5% abv) with an eight week brewing time

A wholesome, toasty lager.

Amber in colour and amber in name (Bern means amber in German).

  • Colour: Hazy and toasted chestnut
  • Aroma: Baked apple. Caramel biscuit
  • Palate: Buttery, salted caramel and malt 
  • Finish: Dry and nutty
  • Hops: Hallertau aroma hops
  • Pairing: Braised lamb, roast chicken, ribs, duck, seared tuna, beef carpaccio and cheddar.

Brewers and Union dark lager‘Neu blk’ unfiltered dark lager –  an unfiltered dark lager (5% abv) with an eight week brewing time

A rich and complex yet refreshing lager.

We think it is the coolest looking bottle in the range – it tastes even better!

  • Colour: Freshly steeped coffee
  • Aroma: Toasted malt and dark berry
  • Palate: Rich dark roasted malt and dark fruit
  • Finish: Light and bouncy. Bitter chocolate
  • Hops: Hallertau aroma hops
  • Pairing: Oxtail, game, stews, beef sausages, burgers and steak.

And Union Beat of the Deep Heller Bock‘Beast of the deep’  – an unfiltered Heller Bock (6.5% abv) with a 10 week brewing time

A naughty, creamy and decadent lager.

But, beware of the beast!

  • Colour: Hazy and deep golden 
  • Aroma: Honey, tropical fruit and marzipan 
  • Palate: Creamy, chewy, honey and rich malt 
  • Finish: Citrus peel and lingering biscuit 
  • Hops: Hallertau aroma hops
  • Pairing: Gammon, eisbein, pork crackling. German-style pork sausages and pulled pork.

And Union Steph WeissSteph Weiss – an unfiltered wheat bier (5% abv) – with an eight week brewing time

A true and traditional unfiltered Bavarian Weiss with a twist …

  • Colour: Hazy and golden sunshine
  • Aroma: Vanilla, all-spice, clove and tropical fruit
  • Palate: Smooth and creamy. Plantain richness
  • Finish: Custard cream. lime zest and tropical fruit
  • Hops: Hallertau arma hops
  • Pairing: Salads, sushi, salmon, lobster, eggs, carbonara, emmentaler and sandwiches.

Touro Tripel (750ml) – an unfiltered strong (10% abv) blonde Belgian ale with a 16 week brewing time

And Union Touro TripelTouro tripel blonde is a wickedly rich strong blonde ale with a creamy palate and a fruity, spicy, malt flavour.

Huge and complex.

This golden beauty is brewed with three times the normal amount of barley and is refermented in the bottle.

Big enough for bold dishes, but elegant enough for refined tastes.

Its initial sweetness is deftly balanced by a floral hoppiness.

Food pairing: Game, rich fish, mild rich curries, duck, mature cheeses and cigars. More-ish …

And Union Der Graf von BavariaDer Graf von Bavaria – an alcohol free Bavarian wheat bier (0.4% abv) – with an eight week brewing time

Brewing art meets science.

And Union take their craft brewed Bavarian wheat bier and send it off to remove the alcohol via a patented vacuum process.

The result is refreshingly surprising.

And (according to And Union) its all-natural isotonic properties make it the perfect sports drink!

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Thanks to And Union for the information and images on this page. Main image by Ian Clarkin.