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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Chilli beer is hot news for north east drinkers

Simone Clarkin and Jack O Keefe - Flash House mmm glug 2

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.

Flash House mmm glug Shy Bairns bottle chilli beerBottles 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.

The free Shy Bairns Get Stout Six chilli beer tasting (for over 18s only) is being held at mmm… and glug…, 10-13 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QF from 1pm on Saturday, 28 October 2017.

Want to know more about Shy Bairns chilli beer?

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

  • Saturday, 4 November: Two Birds Spirits – come and taste our countryside-inspired gins and flavoured vodkas, including their legendary Christmas Spice vodka
  • Saturday, 11 November: Peelham Farm – come and taste delicious hand-cured organic charcuterie from the Borders
  • Saturday,11 November: Lilliard Gin – come and meet Kate the distiller and taste her Jedburgh-distilled craft gin
  • Saturday, 25 November: The Lakes Distillery – come and taste gins, vodkas and the ONE whisky
  • Saturday, 2 December: Gonzalez Byass – come and taste Spanish wines and sherries
  • Saturday, 9 December: Durham Gin – come and taste Durham’s handmade gins and liqueurs
  • Saturday, 16 December: Gonzalez Byass – another chance to taste Spanish wines and sherries with Hamish from Gonzalez.

Coming soon …

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

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Come and taste Croft Twist at mmm… and glug… this Saturday (16 September) from 1pm.

Croft-Twist-tasting-mmm-glugCroft Twist is a take on the refreshing Andalusian ‘rebujito’ (which is Fino sherry, lemonade laden with ice and a garnish of mint).

This British version is more elaborate as it blends natural, freshly made elderflower, lemon and mint cordials with Croft Fino and water; all gently sparkled.

The drink is best served with a garnish of basil or mint and lots of ice.

The packaging design evokes British confidence and nostalgia. It cleverly interprets the flavour of Croft Twist and the essence of the Croft brand into an original and contemporary design.

Its alcohol content is 5.5% and we are selling Croft Twist in 70cl bottles.

Want to know more about Croft Twist?

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.

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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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.

Hofbräu

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.

Löwenbräu 

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 

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 

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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Beers and bees at mmm… and glug…

Rigg and Furrow beers at mmm and glug

Food and drink lovers can taste local craft ales and meet over 10,000 honey bees when mmm… and glug… hosts a ‘Beers and bees’ event on Saturday, 2 September from 1pm onwards.

Rigg and Furrow beers and beesRigg & Furrow, an authentic Northumberland-based farmhouse brewery, will be tasting their beers in the Grainger Arcade store.

Giving a new lease of life to an old milking parlour Ring & Furrow create new takes on Farmhouse beers – beers originally brewed for thirsty farm workers during the summer months.

Brewing by hand, this family run brewery celebrates the best of home-grown Northumbrian and British produce, whilst creating exciting and innovative beers.

Head brewer, Theo will be tasting some of his favourite brews, including:

  • Run Hop Run – 4.2% Simcoe Session IPA
  • The Pale Ale – 3.8% English Pale
  • Owl Porter – 4% Porter
  • Trickster – 4.3% Hoppy Amber Ale
  • Sham Pain – 3.5% Elderflower Farmhouse Ale
  • Rhuble Rhubarb – 3.6% Farmhouse Ale.

Beers and bees at mmm and glug...

The Hogarth Honey bees, which proved a huge hit at the store earlier this summer, are returning with the first of their precious Yorkshire Moors heather honey.

Youngsters (and those not so young) have the chance to taste the honey and find out more about protecting the much-needed insects.

Michael McCartney of Hogarth Honey, based in Wolviston Grange, said: “I would love to talk to as many potential beekeepers and amateur gardeners as possible when we visit mmm… and glug… so we can spread the word about protecting our local bees.”

Rigg & Furrow and the Hogarth Honey bees will be at mmm… and glug… 10-13 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QF from 1pm on Saturday, 2 September.

Grainger Arcade-based Pet Lamb Patisserie will also be providing hand-made Hogarth Honey bee flapjacks to taste at the event.

Want to know more about beers and bees?

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

  • Saturday, 16 September: Oktoberfest 2017 – come and taste our Oktoberfest specials
  • 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.
  • Click and collect at mmm… and glug… To find out more sign up for news below.

Meet the Hogarth Honey bees at mmm…

Honey bees - Hogarth Honey

Food and drink emporium mmm… and glug…, currently based in the Grainger Arcade, will host over 10,000 local Hogarth Honey bees on Saturday, 24 June from 12 noon onwards.

Hogarth Honey bees at mmm and glugThe Hogarth Honey bees, which proved a huge hit at the store last summer, are returning with the first of their precious local summer honey.

The free event will give youngsters (and those not so young) the chance to taste the honey and find out more about protecting the much-needed insects.

mmm… and glug… owner Simone Clarkin hopes to not only get families to taste the honey, but also to find out how to encourage bees to their own gardens and neighbourhoods.

She said: “We certainly expect the Grainger Arcade to be ‘buzzing’ after last year’s meet the bees event literally stopped people in their tracks outside our shop.

“Bees are pollinators and play a huge part in the UK’s food chain. One third of the food we eat would not be available, but for the hard work of our bees.

“When the Hogarth Honey bees visited us last year (see photo below) we found many people, particularly children, who had never tasted honey before – and they loved it!”

Hogarth Honey bees visit mmm in 2016Michael McCartney of Hogarth Honey, based in Wolviston Grange, is looking forward to once again being asked lots of questions about his much-loved bees.

He said: “Bees fly about 55,000 miles to make just one pound of honey, that’s over twice around the world. And honey was even used as currency in Roman times.

“But, bees are in danger of disappearing from our environment. Farming practices continue to disturb the natural habitats of solitary bees and bumblebees.

“The honey bee is also under attack from the Varroa mite and it is only the care provided by myself and other local beekeepers that is keeping north east colonies alive.

“I would love to talk to as many potential beekeepers and amateur gardeners as possible when we visit mmm… so we can spread the word about protecting our local bees.”

The Hogarth Honey bees will be at mmm… and glug… 10-13 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QF from 12 noon on Saturday, 24 June.

Grainger Arcade-based Pet Lamb Patisserie will also be providing hand-made Hogarth Honey bee flapjacks to taste at the event.

mmm… and glug… recently announced plans to expand its business with a move to a larger headquarters in Newcastle city centre and the launch of a ‘click and collect’ online shop.

Want to know more before the Hogarth Honey bees visit?

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

  • 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).

Coming soon …

  • We are moving to a bigger shop on Grainger Street – watch this space!
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