Oktoberfest Newcastle beers at mmm… and glug…

Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm and glug

Oktoberfest Newcastle 2017 - poster

If you can’t make it to this year’s Munich Oktoberfest have the next best thing, the best selection of German beers bar none at mmm… and glug… own Oktoberfest Newcastle.

UPDATED EVENT – We will also have a free Oktoberfest Newcastle tasting (for over 18s only) at mmm… and glug… from 1pm on Saturday, 9 September.

The Munich Oktoberfest is one of the most famous events and the world’s largest fair, with some six million people attending every year.

According to tradition, the beer tents only sell original Munich beer, which is characterised by a long tradition, much experience in brewing and and the strict adherence of the “Reinheitsgebot” (Bavarian Purity Requirements).

What we will be selling at mmm… and glug…

Hacker Pschorr 

The brewery was founded in 1417 at the place where today is the inn Altes Hackerhaus (Sendlinger Straße) and grew to the leading Munich brewery in the 18th century under the couple Joseph Pschorr and Maria Theresia Hacker.

After their death the brewery was divided in Hacker brewery and Pschorr brewery and not reunified before the 1970s.

Since 2007 the beer is sold again in the traditional bottles with flip top closure.

The beer which is with 5,8% alcohol the lightest one, is offered at the Oktoberfest in the Hacker-Zelt and the Pschorr-Bräurosl.


Hofbrau Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm... and glug...Wilhelm V. founded the Hofbräu brewery in 1589. Originally the brewery at the Platzl where is still the famous Hofbräuhaus, one the the most important touristic attractions in Munich.

Later the brewery was socialized and relocated to Wiener Platz, where is still one of the most beautiful Munich beergarden, the Hofbräukeller.

Today the brewery is in München-Riem. The beer which is sold in the Hofbräuzelt at the Oktoberfest is with 6,3% alcohol the strongest one.


Lowenbrau Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm and glugFrom the 15th century there has been a brewery in the Löwengrube. The middle-sized company emerged to the biggest brewery in the 19th century under the Family Brey.

The brewery was relocated to Nymphenburger Straße where it is already located.

Near the brewery is the popular beergarden Löwenbräukeller at the Stiglmayerplatz which was founded in 1883.

The logo of the beer is a lion. Also famous is the oversized, mechanical lion on the top of the Löwenbräu tent which can roar and move its tail.

At the Oktoberfest the 6,1%-beer is sold in Löwenbräu-Zelt and Schützenzelt.


Paulaner Brauerei Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm and glugThis beer has been brewed since 1634 in the Paulaner monastery and therefore the most recent under the Munich beers.

First the beer was only sold in public on holidays. The recipe of the stout which became very popular with the Munich people was invented by Brother Barnabas.

Today the Paulaner brewery is settled on the Nockherberg where takes place every year the stout-festival with an opening festival where politicians are kidded under the direction of an selected Brother Barnabas.

The Oktoberfest-beer of Paulaner has 6% alcohol and is sold in the Winzerer Fähndl, the Armbrustschützen-Zelt, the Käferzelt and the Wine Tents.


Spaten Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm and glugThe Spaten brewery was founded 1397 and was setteled in the Neuhauser Gasse for the first centuries.

Today the brewery is located in the Marsstraße and managed since 200 years by the Sedlmayr Family.

The logo of the label is a spade with the initials of Gabriel Sedlmayr. Also in the possession of the Sedlmayr family is the Franziskaner brewery.

These both 5,9%-beers are offered at the Oktoberfest in the Schottenhammel, the Marstall, the Ochsenbraterei and of course the Spaten-Zelt.

On top of our Oktoberfest Newcastle specials, we will also have our usual range of German beers, including:

  • Augustiner-Bräu (Munich)
  • Ayinger Brewery (Aying, Bavaria)
  • Schöfferhofer grapefruit wheat beer (Frankfurt)
  • Uerige Alt (Dusseldorf)
  • Diebels Alt (Dusseldorf)
  • Schlösser Alt (Dusseldorf)
  • Früh Kölsch (Cologne)
  • Berliner Pilsner (Berlin)
  • Berliner Kindl Weisse (Berlin)
  • Schlenkerla smoked Rauchbiers (Bamberg)
  • Schneider Weisse wheat beers (Kelheim, Bavaria)
  • Plus steins, glassware and US-special Oktoberfest beers (deliveries and stocks dependent).

Why is Oktoberfest in September?

The first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honour of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

Oktoberfest hall Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm and glugThe festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September.

By moving the festivities up, it allowed for better weather conditions. Because the September nights were warmer, the visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside the tents and the stroll over “die Wiesen” or the fields much longer without feeling chilly.

Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was in October and this tradition continues into present times.

Thank you and ‘Prost’ to the official Oktoberfest website for information and images.

Want to know more about Oktoberfest Newcastle?

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

  • 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 and craft beers.

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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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?

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!

Want to know more?

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