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!
mmm… and glug… has been named as the best place to buy craft beer 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.
mmm… and glug… owner Simone Clarkin is delighted to have been recognised in the awards, which many see as the most accurate source for beer information in the world.
She said: “We are so pleased that beer drinkers from the region and beyond have taken the time to rate the bottles and cans they bought from us, as well as praising our beer knowledge and customer service.
“The award is also a testament to the many great craft breweries we have worked with in the North East for over five years to constantly bring beers that our customers want to enjoy.
“We are always looking to find new ales and to organise events where people can meet the brewers who make their favourite tipples.
“Our congratulations also go to Newcastle’s Bacchus and Bridge Tavern, named as the region’s best pub and brewpub respectively in the RateBeer awards – very worthy winners indeed.”
mmm… and glug… is set to celebrate its tenth birthday this May, after moving to its 1,500 square foot Grainger Street store in late 2017 from the Grainger Market.
As well as over 300 different bottles and cans on its shelves, the store sells small producer wines, spirits and a wealth of international food ingredients.
With over 30,000 followers on social media the store is also set to launch an online ‘click and collect’ and delivery website in 2018, as well as an event and tasting space.
mmm… and glug…, which opened in 2008, stocks locally produced food and drink and supports more than 200 small food and drink producers and distributors from the north east and beyond.
Since May 2000, RateBeer has remained an active forum for beer lovers to come together and share opinions of beers, and beer retailers in a free environment.
Established and maintained by dedicated volunteers, RateBeer has become the premier resource for consumer-driven beer ratings.
It also hosts features on beer culture and industry events, weekly beer-related editorials, and the internationally recognized, annual RateBeer Best competition.
A vibrant community of hundreds of thousands of members from more than 100 countries have rated hundreds of thousands of different beers around the world.
mmm… and glug… are hosting a free Hepple Gin tasting this Saturday (10 March) from 1pm for customers to try their award-winning Northumberland gin.
Hepple are rooted in the Northumbrian Moors, one of the most botanically vibrant environments in England, where they pick their green juniper and other wild aromatic plants that money cannot buy.
Hepple uses three techniques to capture the full range of flavour from their botanicals bringing them as alive in the bottle as they were in the hills!
They are a copper pot still. a Co2 extraction system and a rotary evaporator.
But enough of that, what does it taste like …
Hepple Gin tasting notes
On the nose…
There is an immediate fresh scent of green apple, bright grapefruit and spicy juniper.
This then opens up to reveal underlying notes of Douglas Fir, and fragrant blackcurrant.
On sipping …
The initial fresh citrus flavours evolve into unexpected ripe cantaloupe melon, the spicy fragrant juniper continues to coat the palate.
There is a luscious sweet mouthfeel, which is both juicy and quenching.
The finish …
Extremely long and this is where the juniper reveals itself further with flavours alternating between sandalwood and cedar with a notable savoury presence that complements the sweet blackcurrant and liquorice.
The sweet juiciness is maintained throughout the finish.
Lovers of spicy food and ale are being given the chance to enjoy the best of both worlds with a chilli beer brewed for a popular local food and drink business.
North Shields craft brewery, Flash House Brewing and Newcastle’s mmm… and glug… have joined forces to create a six-chilli stout to mark the food emporium’s move to larger city-centre premises.
Bottles of ‘Shy Bairns Get Stout Six’ Mexican chilli stout are being launched at mmm… and glug…’s current Grainger Arcade store from 1pm on Saturday, 28 October.
The free tasting, with Flash House Head Brewer Jack O’Keefe, is being held to say farewell to mmm… and glug…’s current Grainger Market home, before they relocate to larger premises on nearby Grainger Street.
mmm… and glug… owner Simone Clarkin is delighted to have created a perfect local beer to reflect the store’s love of cooking, recipes, food and drink.
She said: “Our customers love Flash House’s beers and they also love our huge range of chillies for cooking up great Mexican recipes.
“We spoke to Jack and MIlda about creating our own beer and making his next ‘Shy Bairns’ stout one with ancho, cascabel, chipotle, guajillo, mulato and pasilla chillies to mark our forthcoming expansion plans.”
Jack O’Keefe of Flash House Brewing, said: “mmm… and glug… and their customers have been really supportive of my beers since we set up in 2016.
“The ‘Shy Bairns’ series has been very popular, and I loved the idea of combining six smoky, spicy Mexican chillies into my latest brew.
“It has been going down well at our brewery tap house in North Shields, as well as in local bars – so we can’t wait to get those bottles opened for the tasting on the 28th.”
mmm… and glug…, which was set up in 2008, is expanding its business with a move to a larger 1,500sq foot headquarters in Newcastle city centre this month and the launch of a ‘click and collect’ service and online shop soon.
Flash House Brewing is nestled on a hill in North Shields, overlooking the River Tyne, surrounded by workshops and fishmongers.
The brewery, only a stone’s throw away from the revitalised Fish Quay, brews small batch, expertly crafted world beers in the old heartland of the industrial North East.