Lilliard Gin craft gin now available at mmm…

We are delighted that mmm… and glug… is the first stockist of Lilliard Gin small batch gin in England.

To celebrate this, we are hosting a free meet the distiller event with Kate, Head Distiller at LIlliard on Saturday, 27 May from 1pm onwards.

About Lilliard Gin

Lilliard small batch gin is handcrafted in their tiny copper still, using ingredients found and foraged in the Scottish Borders.

Lilliard gin botanicals at mmmLight and with a complex floral palette, it reflects Lilliard’s landscape and the abundant natural resources of the Southern Scottish Valleys.

Lilliard Gin is a light, elegant gin with a complex floral palette. Its botanicals reflect the four seasons of the beautiful Borders landscape.

The distillery sits in the Teviot valley and uses local spring water in its distilling process.

Borders history, and a Borders legend

Lilliard legend of the BordersLilliard made Borders history, and they were inspired by a Borders legend. Local heroine, Lilliard, who gave her name to their gin.

Lilliard was the heroine of the Battle of Ancrum Moor, fought between the Scots and English in 1545, just North of where Lilliard Gin was conceived.

She fought to the death to avenge the murder of her lover at the hands of the English, and the landscape that inspired the gin bears her name, so it was only fitting that the gin should too.

Want to know more about Lilliard Gin?

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

  • 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
  • Saturday, 16 June: Firebrick Brewery meet the brewer – looking for a Father’s Day gift? Our Blaydon-based brewery will help you find the perfect bottles for him to enjoy.
  • 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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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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Taste Northumberland-distilled Hepple Gin at mmm…

Hepple Gin at mmm... and glug...

Chris Garden – Head Distiller at Hepple Gin will be at mmm… and glug… this Saturday (1 April) from 1pm for a free tasting of his 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

Hepple Gin at mmm and glugOn 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.

Cocktail ideas from Hepple Gin.

Chris Garden - Hepple GinMeet the distiller at mmm… and glug…

Chris Garden – Master Distiller at Hepple.

Chris originally worked as head distiller at London-based Sipsmith for over five years before moving to the wilds of Northumberland with his young family.

Chris is a graduate from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh.

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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. 

Want to know more about Pirate Life Brewing?

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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Simone’s crunchy jalapeño panko poppers – a mmm… recipe

Jalapeño poppers

 

Crunchy jalapeño panko poppers
Serves 3
Every summer we stock UK-grown fresh chillies and as soon as they arrive our thoughts turn to one thing – jalapeño poppers!
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Prep Time
50 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
50 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. Makes 12 poppers
  2. 6 fresh jalapeño chillies – ideally large, plump ones
  3. 170g of a good strong cheddar - grated
  4. 3 tbs of cream cheese
  5. Plain flour
  6. One egg – beaten
  7. A cup of breadcrumbs (we used our Japanese Panko as it is extra crunchy).
Instructions
  1. Cut the top off each chilli and use a thin bladed knife to remove the core and any seeds.
  2. Cut each chilli in half down the length of the chilli to make a shell.
  3. Take the cheddar and cream cheese and mix together in a bowl using a fork
  4. Optional – you can spice up the mix a little by adding a dusting of paprika or black pepper. But we prefer to keep it totally cheesy!
  5. Use a teaspoon to spoon the mixture into each shell and press down with a (clean) finger. It’s messy but fun!
  6. Cover the chillies with cling film and pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes
  7. When you are ready to cook the chillies remove from the fridge.
  8. Roll each of the chilli shells in plain flour, then the beaten egg and finally in the breadcrumbs to cover them.
  9. Put on a baking tray into a pre-heated (180°C/356°F) oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese starts to ‘escape’.
Notes
  1. These bite size delights are named after the ‘pop’ of warm melted cheese you get when you bite into them.
  2. You don’t have to just use jalapeños – our serenades, pardons and other chillies work just as well.
  3. We even had a customer last year making ‘chocolate habanero’ poppers – spicy!
  4. Serve with a chilled pilsner (we love Wylam Brewery’s Bohemia) and a spicy chilli jam (we love the tingly kick of Mr Vikkis Cumbrian-made chilli jam).
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The jalapeños and Panko breadcrumbs for these jalapeño poppers are available from mmm…
The eggs came from the Grainger Market.

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Moz’s ‘She Devil’ BBQ Sauce – a mmm… recipe

Moz's 'She Devil' BBQ sauce
An easy to make at home BBQ sauce that has a bit of a spicy kick!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 onion, coarsely grated
  2. 3-5 Isle of Wight garlic cloves, finely chopped
  3. 4 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  4. 250g Stokes Tomato Ketchup
  5. 4 tbsp molasses sugar
  6. 2-3 Cool Chile Co dried chipotle chiles
  7. 275ml Wylam Bohemia or Loco No1 (or similar pilsner/lagered beer), plus extra if needed
  8. 250ml water, plus extra if needed
  9. 1 tsp mustard powder
  10. 1 tsp mild red chilli powder or cayenne pepper
  11. 1 tsp ground cumin
  12. Maldon Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  13. 4 tbsp Aspalls Cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together, with only half of the vinegar.
  2. Bring the boil in a large pan (the beer will foam when it boils, so use a bigger pan than you think you need)
  3. Simmer for 30-45 minutes with the lid off, until it forms a thick dark sauce.
  4. Stir every few minutes and if it starts to stick, add more beer or water.
  5. When the sauce is thick and shiny, add the remaining vinegar and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Check the seasoning and add more salt or pepper as necessary.
  7. Allow to cool before serving with your favourite barbecued meats.
Notes
  1. You can also pour over ribs, sausages or chicken wings just before they’re finished cooking for a nice spicy glaze!
Adapted from Adapted from Good Housekeeping, and Moz’s brother Ciaran
Adapted from Adapted from Good Housekeeping, and Moz’s brother Ciaran
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The fresh vegetables came from the Grainger Market.

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May at mmm… and glug…

May is the month of flowers (and indeed flours) and time to look forward to the coming of summer!

To help bring on the sunshine we share some great recipes and invite you to join us in store for some tasty events.

hepple-packshotSupplier of the month: Hepple Gin

We invite you to come and meet Northumberland-based distillers Hepple Gin at mmm… this Saturday (14 May) from 1pm.

Hepple have just won Gold at the drink’s ‘Oscars’ – the 2016 World Spirits Competition in San Francisco.

Hepple go beyond traditional distillation with an innovative three-stage process to reveal botanicals at their most vital.


In season

Bagna Cauda 033A fleeting treat, British asparagus is in season from the end April to mid June.

Freshly picked asparagus is traditionally matched with hollandaise sauce.

But, for a little twist on the traditional try our Bagna Cauda with British Asparagus. 

Moz’s Bagna Cauda – a mmm… recipe


She Devil BBQ sauceRecipe of the month – ‘She Devil’ BBQ sauce

Create a delicious sauce to pep up your barbecues with a bit of a spicy kick.

You can also pour over ribs, sausages or chicken wings just before they’re finished cooking for a nice spicy glaze!

Moz’s ‘She Devil’ BBQ Sauce – a mmm… recipe


Coming up in May….

  • Hepple Gin meet the distiller: this Saturday (14 May)
  • Rose’ wines in-store tasting: Saturday, 21 May
  • Bim’s Kitchen meet the supplier: Saturday, 4 June.

And finally, Real Bread Week runs from 14 to 21 May and whether you are a seasoned bread baker or a first timer we have a wide range of great flours.


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Poetic License at glug…

Here’s to the wild spirits

We are delighted to welcome Poetic License to glug… with a tasting of their independent small batch distilled gin and vodka from 1pm today (Saturday, 2 April 2016).

Poetic License logoPoetic License use a traditional production method that, although labour intensive, means they are crafting high quality spirits they are happy to give their name to.

For gins, they hand-crush botanicals, macerate and then boil them to gently and gradually release their delightful flavours.

As the liquid evaporates and makes its way around the still it takes with it molecules of oil extracted from the botanicals, meanwhile filling the air with a glorious gin aroma.

When it cools back down to a liquid it begins to come out the other end of the still as gin.

Each of the botanical flavours come through in stages and they know exactly the order so they can track the distillation by taste.

Poetic only take the centre cut known as the hearts, which are the purest and most flavoursome parts of the batch.

For their vodka, using British wheat as the spirit base gives it it’s smoothness and distilling it seven times, making it purer each time, gives it it’s graceful name.

You can enjoy a bottle of Poetic License spirit from glug… knowing it was crafted with care and commitment by hand.

What we sell at glug… 

Northern Dry Gin – Juniper, Cardamom, Pepper, Citrus (43.2% Vol.)

Expect a big punch of juniper that is finely balanced with green cardamom for a warm and spicy flavour.

Poetic License Northern Dry GinWith undertones of lemon and eucalyptus, the inclusion of Persian lime intensifies the citrus feel while adding a note of perfume.

With undertones of lemon and eucalyptus, the inclusion of Persian lime intensifies the citrus feel while adding a note of perfume.

As for the other botanicals … well, that’s Poetic’s secret for now.

Poetic License’s mixing tips: “The gin drinker’s choice, specifically crafted to stand-out in many gin-based cocktails.

“The sweet and bitter flavours of a Negroni and the sharp citrusy flavours of a classic Gin Sour balance well with this powerful, floral gin.”

Serving suggestion: relished over large chunks of ice, with your favourite premium tonic garnished with pink grapefruit.

Old Tom Gin – Juniper, Sweetness, Rose, Oak (41.6% Vol.)

This classic originating from the mid-1800s delivers a sweeter and more peppery taste in comparison with the Dry Gin.

Poetic License Old Tom GinFrom the botanicals alone Poetic nurture its sweet taste, while their oak casks continue t add flavour and colour.

The inclusion of rose petals infuses a distinct character to the sweetness as well as a slight rose gold tinge.

Poetic License’s mixing tips: “The sweet notes of our Old Tom Gin thrive in more subtle cocktail recipes.

“Ingredients like lavender and rose give it good balance whereas bolder ingredients such as anise, juniper and clove could mask its delicate flavours and are best used sparingly.”

Serving suggestion: pour two measures over ice, serve with premium Ginger Ale, garnish with red apple and cinnamon.

Graceful Vodka – Smooth, pure, subtle sweetness. (40.4% Vol.)

When Poetic say Graceful, they mean it’s a gloriously smooth spirit, to be sipped and savoured.

Poetic License Graceful VodkaCreated entirely from British wheat giving a velvety smooth texture, they distil the vodka seven times for purity while preserving its subtle taste.

Poetic License’s mixing tips: “Cocktails with a lighter citrusy flavour work best with our Graceful Vodka; avoid mixers with too much acidic content so it doesn’t lose its cosy warmth.

“A Dry Vodka Martini would be ideal as the smoothness of the vodka complements the light tartness of the Vermouth and balances the drink perfectly.”

Serving suggestion: best enjoyed chilled, neat or savoured with your favourite premium mixer over ice.

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Thanks to Poetic License for the information on their gins and vodkas. Photographs (c) Ian Clarkin of mmm food and drink ltd.