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.
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.
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.”
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 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 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’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.
mmm… 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).