Beer purchases have fallen 3.8 percent to 5.32 million barrels from 5.52 million a year earlier, the British Beer and Pub Association said in an e mail statement. Click here to read more
Our great friend Rupert Culme-Seymour, Regional Sales Director at Heineken and general
pub-industry legend, has kindly sent in his thoughts on our nation’s old-favourite dish, the Ploughman’s…
How’s your Ploughman’s?
Do you ever wish for a really great plate of chutney, freshly baked bread, a good hunk of cheddar, some pickled onions and a cracking pint of cask ale for lunch? I bet you it’s cheaper than a latte & a Panini…Yes it should be fresh and delicious and it should be served to you with a cheery smile – this is what I’m after…surely it can’t be hard??? How about crisp beer battered fish & thick cut chips, homemade tartar sauce and a wedge of lemon…enjoyed with a glass of crisp sauvignon blanc! …Yum….and where should you go for this…yup your local pub which may well be closer to where you live than a lifeless national convenient super market (how many people smile in these places???)…. isles of convenience that can only be taken to your own home and consumed whilst watching some average talent show??
Why not be inconvenient and go to your local pub, enjoy rubbing shoulders with other people, have a drink in a glass and put a smile on your face!
We’re thrilled to be sponsoring a rising star in motor sport, Harry Tincknell! The 19 year old Exeter lad was racing in Monza last weekend and will next be flying the useyourlocal.com flag in Oulton Park, Cheshire, on 23-25th April. Go Harry!
Useyourlocal.com always promotes responsible drinking.
Raise a glass to yesteryear during the forthcoming festivities by making a giant punch bowl. Send in pictures of your punch parties to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us @useyourlocal. The most impressive punch-maker will win a crate of lager, supplied by our friends at Heineken. All entries must be submitted before 10th May 2011.
Three world-renowned cocktail experts have shared their favourite punch recipes with us to inspire you; we’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
A perfect punch for scorchers…
Rosy Punch by Tony Conigliaro of 69 Colebrooke Row
700ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin
350ml fresh lemon juice
175ml Marashino cherry
175ml Merlet Triple Sec
100ml Sugar Syrup
1.4L Rose Wine
Combine all ingredients in a big jug with ice, garnish with lemon slices and rose petals.
For less balmy days…
Inspired by the writings of Dickens and the hot punches that were popular in the nineteenth century.
1 Dried lemon peel
½ Dried orange peel
20 Whole cloves
½ tsp Coriander seeds
1 tsp Anardana dried pomegranate seeds
10 Elaichi green caradmom pods
10 Juniper berries
2 two-inch pieces of Dalchini cinnamon or Ceylonese cinnamon
1 pint of water
Simmer all ingredients in a saucepan for 5-10 minutes. In a tea cup, add 50 ml Beefeater 24 Gin. Pour in the hot liquid. Top with ginger beer.
Two of the top beer writers in the land, Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham of dwink.com, discuss the joys of nettle-brewed Badger beer in this fun video. Watch this space for posts by Ben and Tom on the useyourlocal.com blog!