Say Cheers with Young’s Beer themed events this autumn
The Windmill is a ‘proper’ pub in Mayfair, a stone’s throw from the shops around Oxford Circus. The evening we visited it was very busy with lots of happy post-work customers downstairs in the bar area. The Pie Room upstairs is available for private hire and there’s a hidden rooftop terrace to lap up the sunshine when the weather is fine. Our event took place in the cosy Pie Room. The Windmill is justly proud of its pies having won two silver awards for them this year (mind you, who knew that there was such a thing as the Great British Pie Award? – Not I).
Along with these daily-made and seasonal pies is a similarly impressive list of cask ales, as befits a traditional London pub. There are 6 on tap, with great Young’s coverage and a list of guest ales that changes on a daily basis. The Windmill features a good quality wine list to boot. And, a Sipsmith roof terrace upstairs transforms to suit the season with hot water bottles and blankets in the Winter and Sipsmith infusions to cool down sun-soakers in the Summer (I wish I’d known earlier it must have been fantastic this summer). This is going to be a ‘resting point’ after my next foray to Oxford Street, I feel sure.
We’ve been fans of Beavertown for quite some while. Having first come across it at the Raw Wine Fair a few years ago, drawn in by the fabulous artwork we were pleased to find that the contents were as good as the designs. Our evening started with a welcoming glass of Beavertown’s Neck Oil, billed as the ‘every day, all day, easy drinking, go to IPA’. We found that it did indeed slip down our necks rather easily! If you are wondering about the name of the brewery, it’s the old cockney name given to the historic De Beauvoir area of London where the brewery first set up business. Very appropriate for a traditional pub…
After our welcome drink, we were given a short history of the company and its ethos, before moving onto our first beer and pie pairing. I choose the filo goat’s cheese and vegetable pie, which surprised me with lentils and a real depth of flavour. My partner Alex went for the more rugged-sounding pork terrine pie served with a chutney and gherkins. The beer accompanying this was Gamma Ray an American Pale Ale. We were told how the American hops made for an almost tropical brew with hints of mango and grapefruit. This cut through the richness of both our starters brilliantly. For our main courses, I opted for the seasonal Game Pie, a truly hearty autumnal dish. Alex chose one of the award winning pies, the chicken, bacon and leek. The suggested pairing was Smog Rocket Smoke Porter, a pitch black beer with wood smoke aroma and a roast coffee taste. Alex stuck with this choice and said it was perfect with the hearty pie. I’m not such a huge fan of Porter and was offered an 8 ball instead, a gold coloured beer it started off sweet and finished peppery; perfect with my rich game pie.
Guess what was for dessert? Yes, more pies! Either apple or pecan. I have to say that I was too full, but Alex devoured the home-made apple pie and custard paired with a Lupuloid IPA, a straw gold beer with the aroma of papaya and the taste of mango.
Throughout the evening we were tutored expertly about the beers, which aromas and tastes to expect. It was a fun and informative evening in a friendly atmosphere. If you fancy something similar, please look at the Young’s website as there are events all through October and November. A few are listed below, but it’s also worth checking what’s happening at your local Young’s pub.
Events at Young’s pubs this autumn include:
LOVE AT FIRST PINT WITH MEANTIME BREWERY
Meantime is encouraging you to uncover your perfect match and dispel any myths about your perfect ‘type on paper’. Step out of your comfort zone and delve deeper to uncover it’s what’s on the inside that counts, with a fun blind tasting evening hosted by a Meantime expert. See if you can find the perfect pint!
Tickets: See individual websites for price and further information, from 19:00-20:30/21:00
Various locations, including: Grange, Ealing – 25th October; Marquess of Anglesey, Covent Garden – 30th October
GUINNESS AND OYSTER SAMPLING
Fish and chips are a classic pairing but if you’ve ever wondered what to serve oysters with, Young’s and Guinness have got you covered. Experience Guinness like never before with the exclusive chance to try innovative brews yet to hit the UK market alongside the stunning oyster offering. Embrace the pearls of wisdom, as a Guinness ambassador guides you on this perfect partnership.
Tickets: See individual websites for price and further information
Various locations, including: Queens, Primrose Hill – 23rd October; Defectors Weld, Shepherds Bush – 24th October; The Ship, Wandsworth – 25th October; The Mitre, Bayswater – 1st November
Plenty more beer-inspired events will be taking place throughout October and November so find your local and get involved. Tickets to each event are available from your chosen pub’s website or pop into your local and purchase direct.
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Disclosure: We were guests of Young’s pubs but all content is editorially given.