Hidden Lane Brewery and Wood Winters Wines Pop-up (West End, Glasgow) : Review

The Visit :

I was invited to pop along to the Hidden Lane for that Saturdays pop-up shop event with The Hidden Lane Brewery and Wood Winters Wines and Whiskeys.

When I used to live in the West End I have popped down to the Hidden Lane a few times, for either Afternoon Tea or the little shops. I then kept seeing signs for the brewery and I guess it was so well hidden I couldn’t see where it was.

Today when I visited I am glad to say I found it.

For me, Wood Winters is a new name, but I always like to learn about new places shops etc as it’s always fun to find something new.

Hidden Lane Brewery

Let’s start with the Hidden Lane Brewery.

If you have been following me on my Instagram, or seen a few of my 2019 now posts (thanks to lockdown) I enjoy a nice beer and have taken a few groups for a Brewery tour in Glasgow so I was very excited to see these guys today.

I got chatting to the guy behind the brewery and he definitely knows his stuff, plus he told me a few of the things that he wants to do once lock down ends….and one of them I will 100% be going to do.

I did get gifted some beers today (the top 6), but I also purchased some (the bottom 6) as I always like when I am invited to events to purchase something as every little helps.

The beers I got :

Tropical Ale 4.4% abv

This was the third beer I tried.

So the name “Tropical” I started to think what could this taste like? would it be sweet? well I popped it open to find out.

Firstly the smell was lovely, again it had a nice sweet fresh aroma

The taste was again fresh, and yes tropical a subtle hint of pineapple which was really nice.

This is definitely a perfect summer drink.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Raspberry Saison 4.5% abv

I actually started with this one, as it sounded very interesting and also sweet which is good for me as I have a sweet tooth.

I chilled it for a few hours, then popped it open.

This looked interesting and smelled really nice, so only one thing left to do is taste.

ohhh yes this was nice, fresh and yum! this hit the right spot for me!

This is a great summer beer, and for me all year round beer as its got sweetness, flavour and very refreshing.

My rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Al’s Session Lager 4.2% ABV

Most beer drinkers like a good lager, as they are an easy drink, refreshing and perfect on a warm day.

This beer is very light, nice first taste and nice after taste and refreshing.

I really liked this one, but the Nitro and Raspberry ones are still my favourites.

My Rating :

Rating: 4 out of 5.

80 Nitro Shilling 4.5% abv

The second beer I tried was this one.

Wait a minute! this was just as good as the first one I tried!!!

It had a great flavour, not too light or heavy and had a really nice aftertaste.

I am now really looking forward to trying the other beers.

Another solid 5

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Lager Lager 4.5% abv

So by the name I am guessing its a Lager…

The other lager was nice, light and refreshing so lets see how this one is…

For me this had a nicer flavour than the other lager, and again very light and easy to drink.

The aftertaste again was pleasant and tasted really nice chilled.

My Rating :

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wood Winters Wines & Whiskey

I enjoy my beers, rums but I have never really got into wines and its something I would really like to get into.

Today I visited them at their pop-up and had a look at their wine list, they all looked good and sounded good but I didn’t know what to get…..this is where I need to learn more about wines.

I opted to purchase the following :

Durello Spumante Brut Palazzi (Italian) £8.00

I poured this out, sat down and relaxed with a glass with Netflix.

Ohh I really like this one, it reminds me of a prosecco but deeper if you get me. It has a lovely flavour and is very light and easy to drink.

Tonight I drank about half the bottle, as I wanted to leave some for another night.

I can see myself buying this again, it hit all the right spots for me.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

Firstly a big thank you to The Hidden Lane for the goodie bag.

I really liked todays event as I found somewhere new, and got to try products from two new places…well new for me.

Both the wine and the beers were really good, as you have seen from the review above.

Please do check them both out, and follow them on their social media accounts to get updates.

Cheers.


Promo : Gifted

The review posted was not influenced in any way just because it was gifted (some of the beers), all comments and thoughts in this blog post are my 100% honest opinion.

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Short breaks in Glasgow is a foodies paradise


Since I am from Glasgow, I thought I would give you ideas of places to visit, restaurants to try while you take a short break in Glasgow.

It doesn’t matter if you already stay in Glasgow, or are traveling here. Glasgow is bursting at the scenes and is a foodies paradise.

Are you into architecture or museums? A foodie or a sightseer? let me help you plan your perfect staycation with my guide for the top things to see and top places to eat in Glasgow.

When you have a short break in Glasgow, expect culture and shopping-filled days with fun nights watching live music and chatting to friendly locals in the pub or clubs. Glasgow has something for everyone. From the great architecture, vibrant culture, to our amazingly tasty food and drink scene.

Only less than an hour by train from Glasgow, Edinburgh, the city’s architecture alone is a good reason to plan a Glasgow city break

Places To visit on your Glasgow Short break

There are many places to visit in Glasgow, best staycation ideas can be found right here in Glasgow

I could be here all day typing them all up but here are some of my top spots that I recommend on your UK Staycation you try and visit.

If you have been here, do let me know what you thought in the comments below this post.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Entry Cost : FREE

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Mu​seum is Glasgow’s most visited attraction.​ 

It has many rooms and attractions for you to see, and I highly recommend you take your time and take in all the paintings etc as the details are amazing.

While you are here why not check out the park thats right next to it, its a great big park and very relaxing and enjoyable to walk about. I have done this many times, when I used to stay in the West End and prior to that pop over and visit.

The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

Glasgow transport museum is a very cool place to visit, it has many items on display and even includes a street thats themed to look very old.

I also recommend you take a walk out the back, and take a visit on the Tall ship.

This does cost money to go onboard, but its worth every penny as you get to see on deck an below deck which is really interesting to see.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Situated in the West End, this is a lovely place to take a walk around the Botanics and go inside and see all the amazing and wonderful plants.

You will see so many new species of plants etc its a great experience and one for all the family.

Glasgow City Centre

Glasgow city centre, is loaded with businesses and many cafes, restaurants, pubs and great shops.

Take a walk along the streets, visit Buchanan Street and see all the great shops there. Take a walk to George Square and see the statues, you will never bored in Glasgow as there is so much to see and do.

Glasgow West End

Glasgow West End is a great place to visit, as you have seen from above you have the Museum, the Botanics plus many great wee cafes, restaurants and other little shops.

I loved to walk about the shops here, and also walk in Kelvingrove park….sometimes even just sitting on the grass and enjoying the day and atmosphere.

Restaurants To Visit

Since I am a Glasgow food blogger, I couldnt not mention a few good places to visit.

Again just like places to visit, there are so many amazing places to eat. Just because they are not on my list, doesnt mean they are bad, so please dont miss any out.

Glasgow

GLASGOW, East END

Glasgow, West End

Overall :

When planning your UK Staycation, either get a notepad or use a spreadsheet and sit and plan it out.

Start with your top must see places, or must eat places then followed by a “if we have time we will see or visit x” this way your enjoying your staycation and not feeling rushed to make sure you tick off everything on your list….if you don’t then just have another staycation 🙂


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DryGate Brewery NEW Bar Food and Cocktail Menu (Glasgow) : Review

Invited

V: 6th March 2020


The guys over at DryGate Brewery, invited me over to the launch night of their new bar Food and Cocktail menu.

Looking Around

I have been to Drygate many times, with friends or with the craft beer tasting tours so I know it very well.

The event tonight was upstairs, the new menu for upstairs only.

The Food

I didnt know what was in store for me tonight, but I was mega looking forward to it.

I was told that a sampler would be brought round to me, and I could select 2 cocktails to try which was great.

Sampler

  • Pizza By The Slice
  • Cauliflower Wings (VG)
  • Tacos : Crisp Fried Haddock
  • House Made Nachos (V)

All of these samples were very nice, and full of flavour, my favourite from this selection was the Cauliflower Wings and I could have easily had more.

The fish taco was nice, but the taco broke up for me very easily so I couldn’t grab and eat, I had to use my knife and fork.

And there was more..

This was Drygates Vegan Curry was served in a tiffin tray with bread, rice and dips.

Presentation wise I really liked this, and as you can see its very instagramable…..now for the taste..

This was a VERY good curry, and extremely moreish.

If you like currys you need to try this, and I promise you you wont regret it.

Cocktails :

Orinoco Russian : Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, Orinoco Syrup, Milk and Cream Chocolate

and

Pineapple Rum Old Fashioned : Plantation Pineapple Rum, Sugar and Orange Bitters

Both these cocktails were very good, but my fav and one I would definitely have again is the Orinoco Russian mmmmm so good 🙂

Visit Overall :

Note : Just because this was an invite, that has not influenced my thoughts in any way. The above is a 100% honest review of the day.

Firstly a big thanks to DryGate for my invite, I really had a great time and good food and cocktails.

I really loved the Cauliflower Wings and the Drygate Vegan curry, these were my top two dishes from tonight.

Overall I can recommend you visit and try the new menu and the cocktails, as I really enjoyed what I had. Thanks again guys 🙂

See you soon


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