It’s National Beer Day!

It’s National Beer Day or Beer Day Britain, an annual celebration of our national drink from traditional real ales and mainstream lagers to craft beer and small scale brewing, this day celebrates beer in all its wonderful forms.

In 2020 there were a record number of breweries in the UK with over 3000 being registered, since then numbers have continued to increase despite, or perhaps because of, the Covid-19 pandemic with more people than ever turning to brewing as a career. Britain has always been a producer of fantastic beers and recently with the increase in micro and craft breweries combined with new and innovative techniques and a fresh approach to flavours and methods, the brewing scene shows no sign of slowing.

We recently started stocking a variety of locally brewed beers and today seems as good a day as any to showcase these and their wonderful producers.

HANLONS BREWERY

Hanlons are a family owned craft brewery based in the beautiful mid-Devon countryside. They use the best quality barley and hops and water from the rolling Devonshire hills alongside innovative brewing processes to create an extensive range of beers.

Yellow Hammer is their bestselling beer and for good reason, it is golden and zesty with an aromatic pineapple and banana fruitiness and a delicate hoppy finish.

Port Stout is a dark chestnut beer with bitter chocolate and dark malt flavours courtesy of the roast barley with the addition of soft fruitiness from rich Ruby Port. Definitely one to try with a creamy blue cheese.

Stormstay Ale is a dark amber beer with toffee and biscuit flavours and hints of tangerine, the late addition of citrus hops cuts through the sweetness creating a wonderfully balanced ale.

BAYS BREWERY

Bays Brewery was established in March 2007 by founders Will Freeland, Mark Salmon and Peter Salmon. Based in Paignton on the beautiful Torbay coast the team produce a range of traditional ales as well as craft bottles and ciders using the finest local ingredients whilst supporting the community and protecting the environment.

Gold is head brewer Will’s favourite and Bays’ biggest seller, a light golden ale this is an easy drinking option with citrus lemon overtones.

Devon Dumpling is a strong golden beer with a smooth taste and well balanced flavour. The characterful hops make this a pleasure to drink and a proper Devon beer.

Devon Rock is a craft lager brewed with specially selected hops and local malt resulting in a flavoursome lager with a crisp, refreshing twist.

These beers are all available in individual bottles and cases, and for this week all beer is available with 10% off! Visit our Facebook page via the link below for the code or click here to view our entire range of beers, spirits, wine and cider.

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It’s National Sandwich Week!

It’s National Sandwich Week! We’re celebrating all this week by offering 10% off of this most versatile of sandwich fillings – ham. Below we explore some of our favourite ways to jazz up this sandwich institution.

Ham & Cheese Toasties

It goes without saying that there is nothing that cannot be improved with the addition of cheese, particularly melted cheese. For a classic toastie we recommend using our thickly sliced Ham Off the Bone which is packed full of flavour and a cheese that melts easily like a Gruyere or Gouda or a strong, extra mature Cheddar. The trick to a good toastie is lots of butter and a very hot pan. Heat the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat and once you’ve added the sandwich use a plate or bowl with a can of soup or beans on top to weigh it down, this helps to compact the sandwich and ensures that the cheese melts evenly – enjoy!

Mighty Meaty Ham Sandwich

Recreate the classic Subway (other sandwich shops are available!) sandwich with our thickly cut Premium Devon ham and a variety of cured meats. We like it with Milano salami, peppery pastrami and prosciutto parma ham combined with some salty olives like our Kalamata or Classic Blend and a little mayonnaise. This works best on rolls rather than sliced bread as all that filling needs a sturdy receptacle!

Ham & Goats Cheese Baguette

Creamy goats cheese combined with ham and a dollop of fiery tomato chutney – what’s not to love! We recommend using our delicious subtly smoked ham and the Ticklemore Goat cheese with Waterhouse Fayre Spicy Tomato chutney. We’d also recommend using a fresh baguette for this as the hard outer crust works well with the soft goats cheese although this would also work with fresh granary or wholemeal bread to suit your preferences. We like the spicy tomato chutney but you could also use a chilli jam for a bit of sweetness if you prefer.

We hope you enjoy this national sandwich week, remember to tag us in any of your creations via our social media pages!

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