As National Mead Day is approaching on Saturday 6th August, we’re taking a look at the oldest alcoholic drink in human history. We’ll be trying some of the different styles that are causing its current resurgence in popularity with beer, wine and liqueur fans alike.
At Drinkmonger, we have always been big fans of the tropical spirit that is rum, and fascinated by Plantation as they have a unique approach. So when Alison from Plantation suggested a tasting, we leapt at the opportunity.
Working in the wine business we are often asked “what country makes the best wine in the world”? Well of course that is a very difficult question to answer, like trying to pick your favourite album or child. There are hot contenders but with so many variables like colour, style, sweetness etc, it is impossible to pick just one country or even region. But, what this Drinkmonger-er can say is that Germany is up there with the very best.
This month’s beer pack has been chosen with interesting flavours in mind. Whether that is from the added elderflower in the case of the Birds & Bees, the addition of blood orange juice and zest with the Beavertown, or added cherry in the case of the really rather tasty Krafty Cherry Lambic.
We love history here at Drinkmonger, particularly drinks history. To focus on whisky, there have been some pretty interesting things that have happened in whisky history for example: Al Capone wasn’t making a reported 60 million dollars a year selling flowers during prohibition, he was selling Scotch, American Whiskey, Rum and more.
Part of the Royal Mile Whiskies family, the branch sits in the heart of the bustling Perthshire town and caters to both local clientele and a very healthy tourist trade, giving a very vibrant and varied sales mix.
Each month we will be releasing a case of wine which we think represents some of the best and most exciting wines in our current range. These will be a mix of reds and whites, and occasionally some Rosé and Fizz if the occasion arises. These wines are handpicked by our knowledgeable staff who, as with all our wines, have tried and tested them to assure that we are only offering the best. In this month’s case we have wines from South Africa, Portugal, France, California, Spain and Hungary.
Each month we will be releasing a selection of our best beers. Beers we thought were brilliant when we first tried them. For our first set, we have decided to pick quite a few different styles of beer that we think are top notch. Over the next month, we may add others sets (an IPA set or a sour set for example) but for this main set, we will try and explore as many different brewers, and styles of beer as possible each month, with the only stipulation being that our staff think these are some of the best beers we have to offer.
After many conversations with Tempest Brewing Co, and their astounding beers taking all three of the top spots for our beer section at the Drinkmonger Christmas Fair, we made good on our promise to head over and visit the brewery. We’ve said before that words like ‘craft’ can be hard to define, but the guys at Tempest are working on something that is more akin to ‘art’ (far more than what covers their walls).
Last year, we wrote an article matching food with Christmas dinner. Check it out here for a great guide to your booze requirements (some of the products are not available anymore, but it is a good framework). This year, we thought we would look at the other main activity other than eating at Christmas; films. Every year, however long you get off for Christmas (we work in retail, so not long!), there is always time to watch a few films. But what should you drink and what should you watch?