Rainbow Project 2016 Tasting: How to Get Your Ticket

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So a couple of weeks ago, we got confirmation that we were getting beers from this years Rainbow Project 2016– to say that we we’re stoked is an understatement. We were jumping around the shop like kids in a candy store that just drank a gallon of Irn Bru.

That was the good news, and unfortunately, there is a little bit of bad news. We were only able to get 2 cases of these damn fine brewskis– nooooo, gawd- why?!

So basically, instead of giving 2 people all the pleasure of drinking Rainbow Project 2016, we’ve decided to do an 8 man beer tasting instead. We’ll tell you how you can get your tickets in a sec, but first let us tell you a bit more about the Rainbow Project.

Every year 7 British breweries pair up with 7 New Zealand breweries, and they brew 7 banging beers. Here’s what they’ve came up with this year: (The following has been taken from pamphlet that comes with the beers– we did not write it).

BEAVERTOWN / PARROTDOG:

NAME: UNIVERSAL MILD

STYLE: ADAMBIER | 10.5% ABV

BURNING SKY / LIBERTY BREWING: 

NAME: DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTORM

STYLE: ECLECTIC, BORDERLESS BEER | 6.66% ABV

HAWKSHEAD / YEASTIE BOYS 

NAME: KAI MOANA GOSE

STYLE: A REFRESHING TART, SALTY AND FRUITY GOSE MADE WITH KAI MOANA (MAORI FOR SEAFOOD) NZ HOPS AND GREEN GOOSEBERRIES | 6%

MAGIC ROCK / FORK BREWING 

NAME: THE UPSIDE DOWN

STYLE: KETTLE-SOURED, TROPICAL FRUIT-WITBIER | 6% ABV

WILD BEER CO / 8 WIRED 

NAME: BLACK & BLUE

STYLE: RAW + CHARRED + BARREL-AGED SOUR | 5% ABV

SIREN CRAFT BREW / GARAGE PROJECT 

NAME: BLACKLIGHT BANANA

STYLE: IMPERIAL STOUT WITH BANANAS, MOLASSES AND BOURBON BARREL AGED COFFE | 9.2% ABV

PARTIZAN BREWING 

NAME: ROYAL

STYLE: BARLEY WINE |8.5%

I know, your mouth is no salivating, and you’re desperate to drink these beers! So how do you get a ticket? Where’s the tasting going to be? When is the tasting?

Yes, those are all damn great questions!

We’ve teamed up with our friends from Brewdog Westend to host the tasting at their gaff. It’s going down on 3 October at 7pm, and tickets are £15 a person. Again, there are only 8 tickets available, so to give everyone a fair chance of getting a ticket, we will do a raffle. It costs absolutely nothing to enter– all you gotta do is come to the shop, and enter your name into the drawing. The 8 lucky winners will be announced on the 1 October. And you can pay on the night of the tasting if you just so happen to be one of the lucky peeps.

RECAP: 

RAINBOW PROJECT BEER TASTING

WHEN: 3 OCTOBER, 7 PM 

WHERE: BREWDOG WESTEND

COST: £15/ TICKET

HOW TO GET A TICKET: ENTER THE DRAWING FOR FREE; ONLY PAY IF YOU’RE PICKED

 

 

Tempest Tap Takeover

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Basically, we’ve been officially launched for about 2 months now, and we’re super stoked with the way things have been going.

And, for real, we really do have THE most amazing customers in all of Glasgow. It’s been awesome to see the amount of support we’ve had launching a small local business- you guys freaking rock!

And because of this we want to do something really special for, y’all.

(drum roll, please)

We’re teaming up with one of Scotland’s most exciting brewery to do an awesome Tempest Tap Takeover.

Why Tempest Brewery you ask?! Well because we love their kick ass approach to making awesome brews here in Scotland, and their our fwwwiends!

Here’s what Shannon of Tempest had to say about us, “What Grunting Growler’s doing takes guts, because no one else in Glasgow is doing it. Daring to be different and trying to do something interesting and innovative, and not being remotely safe with the beer choices, it’s all really cool to see and watch it be successful.

So, yeah, lots of reasons why we’re really supportive of Grunting Growler here at Tempest!

See- how nice are they?!

Well, anyways, lets get back on subject….

We’ll have a whole lotta seasonal brews on tap— plus growler fills starting at £4.15! Heck yeah!

But here’s the real kicker– we’re gonna have kegs such as:

Mexicake, Totally Radler, Marmalade on Rye, and a bunch more!

AND, it doesn’t stop there– this all kicks off 10th June, and prices will be locked until 17th June.

Yes, that’s right- a week long Tempest Tap Takeover!

So here’s a recap:

-Tempest Tap Takeover

-10-17 June

-Special kegs on tap

-Growler fills starting at £4.15

See y’all there!

Nae Fooling, We’re Opening!

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Damn right, y’all! We’re back in action this Friday, 1st of April, and we’re #NaeFooling and that’s a fact!

So, you’re prob wondering where the hell the shop is at?! Well that’s a pretty damn good question, and we’re absolutely over the moon to say that our new home is at:
51 Old Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G3 8RF

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It’s going to be pretty awesome. There are still a bunch of things that we want to do to the shop, and things will continue to progressively change over time.

But for the time being, we are super stoked with the way things are right now as we’ve got:

1. A freaking awesome spot in the west end of Glasgow
2. We’ll have 4 rotating taps for growler fills!
3. And a selection of 60 bottled beers to choose from!
4. Plus more surprises to come!

See y’all on Friday! And NO– this ain’t no joke, we’re seriously #NaeFooling about this one!

Let us know how excited you are for the opening of your new, permanent, craft beer growler shop by tagging us in a post using #NaeFooling

Never a Good, Just a See You Later

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Well it’s been a decission that we’ve been contemplating for a good wee while now, but we’ve finally made up our minds.

We will wrap things up at Peckhams this weekend– but only for one reason, and we reason only.

We’ve done this popup thing for long enough, and now it’s time to spread our wings and fly. We’re ready to give YOU the beer shop you deserve– fully kitted out with awesome beers on tap for growler fills, a rockin’ selection of bottled beers, and of course an event space to host really rad tastings.

Basically, the time spent away from our current concession will free things up so we can go full steam ahead!

The future looks really bright, and we can’t wait to see what it brings. Yeah, it kinda sucks that you won’t be able to get your growler filled for a short while, but we see it as a small sacrifice when compared to what the future holds for y’all!

So, again, that being said– this will be the last weekend you can get your growler filled at Peckhams & Rye.

With love from Grunting Growler,

Never a Goodbye, Just a See You Later

BEER LAUNCH: POPPING MY CHERRY

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Yeah, that’s right– you definitely read that correct. The beer is absolutely called “Popping My Cherry”! We’ll touch on that point in a bit. We promise that’ll all make sense soon.

Recently, we were awarded Beer Champion 2015 by the Scottish Bartenders Network.

The night totally rocked. We got to drink a lot of cocktails, chat with some rad people, and drink some really awesome beers that the The Hanging Bat Brew Co. had brought to share with everyone.

Not only did they treat everyone to beer, but they also sponsored the Beer Champion award, and offered us (Grunting Growler) a brew day on their Alpha Project kit for taking home the top award! (Sweeeeeet)

This got us really freaking excited because we’ve never actually brewed a beer before…. And we’ve always wanted to have a cherry sour on tap….

Do you see where we’re going with this? Does it make sense as to why it’s called Popping My Cherry? I’m sure you do.

So after we recovered from the award ceremony, and all the adult beverages, we hooked up with Jonny Hamilton (formerly head brewer for The Hanging Bat Brew Co, but now with Beavertown) so he could develop a recipe for us.

He came up with something pretty exciting, and the beer turned out to be even more awesome than we expected.

Popping My Cherry is a 4.1% ABV Berliner Weisse aged on cherries.

The beer is made of 50/50 pale malt to malted wheat, and in order to keep the beer from being to bitter we added the hops during the mash.

The beer was then soured with a really potent strain of lactobacillus!, and fermented on a neutral yeast strain, US 05, in order to let the sour cherry flavours shine through.

Once this was all done, the beer was aged on 100 grams of cherries to every litre of beer!

The finishing result is a clean tasting beer that is really sour, and dry with a little bit of sweetness from the cherries.

But we’re still not finished with the great news- we have one more surprise in store.

Not only do you get the treat of trying this one off beer, we are also giving away free chocolate garnache doughnuts freshly made by Tantrum Doughnuts to pair with every growler of Popping My Cherry.

Can I get a hot damn?!

And ps, if you haven’t heard of Tantrum Doughnuts yet, then you don’t know what you’re missing out on! Check them out here.

Basically, sour beers and dark chocolate are a match made in heaven. The oils in dark chocolate cover up the front receptors on your tongue which helps mellow out the sourness of the beer.

So I guess the last thing to say, other than this beer being one not to miss, is that it’s all kicking off this Friday, 29 January at Grunting Growler.

We’re the only place that will have Popping My Cherry in stock, and once it’s gone, it’s gone! Don’t miss out on it!

Your guide to Wheat Beers!

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Your Guide to Wheat Beers

With the “summer” (cough cough- I say that loosely) months right around the corner, it’s only appropriate that you’re drinking a beer that goes with the weather.

For me, there’s nothing better than a good ol’ wheat beer to quench your thirst while soaking up the rays. Plus, I like them because it was the first beer that got me into drinking “craft”. However, even though I knew I liked them, I was a bit confused with the different styles of “wheat beers”.

There are 3 different types you’ll find:

  1. German Wheat

  2. Belgium Wheat

  3. American Wheat

These beers, for the most part, are similar in terms of malt to wheat ratio, fermentation and how they pour. You’ll find that wheat beers use at least 50% wheat, and the rest is made up of malted barley. Since the beer has a high wheat content (protein), they tend to pour and retain a large head- yummy. Lastly, the beer is made with a top-fermenting yeast.

  1. German Wheat Beers AKA Hefeweizen

Hefeweizen translates to “Yeast” (hefe) “Weizen” (wheat). Traditionally they have a very low bitterness profile. The yeast tends to flavour the beer with notes of cloves, bananas, bubble gum, green apples or vanilla.

We’re using a pretty darn sweet German stlye wheat beer (with a twist) from a new up and coming Glasgow based brewery at our next next beer tasting. 

***We gotta retract the above statement. Our friends from Floodline Brewing Co. made such a damn tasty beer that it sold out literally over night. We can’t use it for our  next tasting, but it’s still gonna be awesome regardless. (edited 09/05/15).

Check it out  FIND OUT MORE

  1. Belgium Wheat Beers

Belgium wheat beers still use top fermenting, and a unique strain of yeast, but they’re different because of the adjucts they use while brewing (p.s. adjucts is just a fancy word meaning other stuff added to beer other than water, malts hops, or yeast). Anyways, yeah, they tend to add things such as coriander and Curacao oranges to the kettle. You’ll also find that they are a bit spicy as well because of the awesome yeast they use.

  1. American Wheat Beers

American wheat beers tend to differ quite a bit from traditional German, or Belgium ones. Usually, a more neutral yeast is used which means you can pick up on the malt characteristics, but also means you’ll miss out on other traditional flavours such as cloves and bananas. Some also hop their beers a bit more.

So that’s a quick overview on wheat beers. Regardless of what style of wheat beer you like, get out there and try different ones. You’ll never know if there’s a hidden beauty out there until you try.

Or better yet, come rock out with us at our next tasting to try some really awesome brews  I WANNA ROCK OUT

There’s even a pretty cool “traditional” technique used to pour wheat beers. Do you know what it is? Comment on our Facebook page if you do, or ask us to tell you!

Answer 6 questions, win FREE beer

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So as you may know, we’ve just finished our 4th popup shop, and now we’re making a big push towards getting a permanent gaff for GG!

But before we commit to anything, we want to know a little bit more about all you lovely people when it comes to where abouts you shop at, how you get there, and so forth…

Just answer these 6 simple questions, and you’ll get the chance to win a curated 6 pack of beer!

Speak to ya’ll soon!

Grunting Growler (video)

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Hey you awesome good looking-beer-loving-fanatic! Here’s a little video (3 mins long) that STV have helped us put together just so ya’ll have a better understanding of what we at the Grunting Growler do…

You should also have a look at our FAQ– it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

So yeah, just a quick overview, ya’ll:

Grunting Growler is a craft beer off-license that sells a rockin’ selection of craft beers. You can come into the shop and 1. Try some awesome beers on draught 2. Learn more about them 3. Once you find a beer you love the most, we fill it for you- fresh from the draught, right into a reusable jug know as a growler!

You then take your growler home to drink. And once you’re finished with it, bring it back to Grunting Growler to be washed, and re-filled!

Besides having a unique selection of draught,  and bottled beers, we also give away FREE great banter, infectious smiles, and good vibes!

If you haven’t been to the shop yet, then be sure to get down to us for all of the above. We promise you won’t regret it!

Cheers, peeps!

Jehad

Wallace: The beer fetching bunny rabbit

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Well, it’s pretty obvious that I have some really rad friends because one of them sent this to me today! Yes, you read the title correctly… And, yes, you’ll need to see it, to believe it!

Wallace is the ultimate beer fetching bunny rabbit!

Here’s what the pet coach had to say about it, “This event marks the release of an epic accomplishment. I have been collaborating for the past year with my girlfriend’s pet rabbit to create performance art and “happenings” that capture this rabbit’s capabilities and worldly passions. In a million years, neither Wallace nor I would have guessed that our creative endeavors would take this route but after such a long journey we arrive at this significant moment.

If you can, please take the time to watch this video that we are both truly proud of. I couldn’t have done any of this if it wasn’t for Wallace, and he wouldn’t have done any of it if he was given a choice… or had any brain power to make a choice. It would mean the world to Wallace if you shared this video (just kidding, I don’t even think he knows that he exists)”

Enjoy, ya’ll!

Chorizo Stout Sloopy Joes

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So this Crimbo I was a bit spoiled by old man Santa Clause. See kids, it pays off to be on the “good list”!

Anyways, I got this really awesome book called “The Craft Beer Cookbook” written by Jacquelyn Dodd. One of the recipes in the book is a Chorizo Stout Sloopy Joes. I mean, lets be honest- this recipe really does sound heavenly!

 The Craft Beer Cook Book by Jacquelyn Dodd

The Craft Beer Cook Book by Jacquelyn Dodd

Here’s the recipe for the Chorizo Stout Sloopy Joes:

“Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 red bell pepper diced

1/2 cup white onion diced

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 pound of ground pork

12 weight ounces of chorizo

1 cup stout beer

1/2 cup tomato paste

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

8 rolls

cheese to top sandwiches

1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. Add the red bell pepper, ad white onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and stir, cooking for about 30 seconds.

2. Add the ground pork and chorizo; cook until browned and mostly cooked through. Drain off most of the grease that has accumulated.

3. Add the stout, tomato paste, cumin, and black pepper and simmer until pork is cooked thoroughly, about 10 minutes.

4. Toast the buns in a warm skillet or taster oven.

5. Scoop meat into kaiser rolls. cover with cheese slices and tops of buns. Serve immediately.”

Enjoy, ya’ll!

Jehad