A gluten free beer that doesn’t compromise on flavour, a gin made with seaweed, and a beer brewed with salt? This Saturday we are at the St David’s Day food market at Partridges, Duke of York Square, London to showcase a selection of drinks from Wales.
Monty’s Brewery, based in Montgomeryshire, have just recently launched the new addition to their portfolio, Masquerade, a Coeliac Society approved gluten-free beer. Despite the name, it is masking nothing; the beer is full of flavour and can be enjoyed by everyone, gluten intolerant or not.
Dà Mhìle (pronounced da-vee-lay) is Gaelic for 2000 and is also the name of the distillery that organic farmer John Savage-Ontswedder runs in Ceridigion. An organic bleneded scotch whisky, an orange liqueur, and a gin infused with local seaweed are some of the highlights of the Dà Mhìle portfolio.
Head brewer at Brecon Brewing, Buster Grant, has taken another of Wales’ favourite food products, Halen Môn sea salt (to be precise), and married it with local raspberries in one of last year’s seasonal brews. Buster calls it ‘a real star of a beer’, giving some inclination to how he arrived at its name ‘Dark Skies’.
Also at the market is Bragdy Llangollen, a brewery very proud of its Welsh heritage and its contribution in keeping alive the heritage of brewing in Wales. Their beers are made using the finest ingredients, and a local underground water source to produce their distinctive country ales. The qualities in their beer are even used in toiletries such as the Welsh Black Bitter beer soap, and the beer shampoo.
You will also be able to try products from Snowdonia’s Purple Moose Brewery, a multi-award winning brewery offering products such as the deep malty ale ‘Dark Side of the Moose’, and ‘Ysagawen’ a pale ale with the added indulgence of elderflower.
The Partridges food market has been running since 2005, and is set up every Saturday outside the main store at Sloane Square. This weekend there will be a special Welsh presence in celebration of our the patron saint of Wales, St David. As part of a Welsh Government supported initiative Drinks Wales will be present to showcase some of the range of products being produced by the alcoholic drinks industry.Drinks Wales is an initiative set up by the drinks industry in Wales to help promote member businesses and develop the industry further. Find out more about Drinks Wales at www.drinkswales.org or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.