Anchor Christmas Beer

anchor_christmas_2015_profileIt would be remiss of us to write a blog about Anchor beer and not mention the fact they are one of the oldest pretty much continuously producing breweries in the United States. Although it has changed hands a few times, each new owner has kept the main aim; to continue producing high quality, full flavoured beer. Anchor brewing started as a small brewer producing full flavoured beer, and has moved into being a mid-sized brewer. They were founded in the late 1800’s in San Francisco. In this blog, we are going to look at their Christmas beer, but they are most famous for their Anchor Steam beer, and a few other editions.

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Port: A Beginners Guide

port_in_lightOf all the great fortified wines the world has to offer, Port is one of the most recognisable. People tend to gravitate towards Port at Christmas time but we believe it is perfect at any time of the year. But what is Port? Here we will guide you through this luscious and hedonistic wine and hopefully you will discover that Port is for life, not just for Christmas.

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Drinkmonger Christmas Fair Blog


Christmas Fair grape board 2015
On the 21st of November, we held our 2nd annual Drinkmonger Christmas Fair at the brilliant Akva bar at the Lochrin Basin (the end of the canal) in Edinburgh. It was a great event, where we showcased a selection of wines, beers, spirits, liqueurs and more. We asked our many happy customers to vote for their favourites on the day and here are the top 3 from the various categories:

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Kyro Rye Gin and Spirit


Kyro distillery in the snow
Rye is one of the most grown grains in Finland, and rye bread is the most popular type of bread in Finland. In fact, bread is a big part of Finnish food culture, so it would make sense with a plentiful supply of rye, that you would consider making rye based spirit. 5 guys came up with this idea in a sauna in 2012, and after producing their first test batch in 2013, they were ready to move into their newly fitted distillery in 2014 (an old cheese factory).

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Drinkmonger at #WhiskyFringe

whisky_fringe_profileThe 7th, 8th and 9th of August was the 14th annual Whisky Fringe, which is a brilliant three day tasting event held every year at Mansfield Traquair showcasing some of the finest drinks our company has to offer. Whisky Fringe has around 1500 attendees over the 3 days and generally sells out in 2 minutes. This is our 4th year with a Drinkmonger stand, and this year we had rum, tequila, mezcal, liqueurs, gin, vodka, brandy, pastis, aromatised wine and cold brew coffee.

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Glenfiddich Tasting

GlenfiddichLogoScotch whisky is in a rather good position really. It is the highest value spirits category in the world, and the two market leaders, Glenfiddich in the single malt category & Johnnie Walker in blended whisky category, are highly regarded by retailers, bloggers, and are consistently awarded prizes at competitions. You would think that this would be the case for other categories, but Scotch whisky is one of the few really where the top seller happens to have mass market appeal and approval from the critics.

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Natural Selection: Bitter Descent

BitterLogoThe Natural Selection project is a partnership between Stewart Brewing and the Heriot Watt International Centre for Brewing & Distilling. The Natural Selection Project is in its 5th year. Each year students are invited to apply to take part in this project. A team is chosen who then brew a beer at Stewart’s brewery, bottle it, develop a brand, market the beer, organise a launch party, sell and distribute the beer. It is great experience for the career these students want to go into, and each year we love attending the launch event and stocking the final product.

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