Food & Drink

Gourmet Gossip – May 2022


East Anglia based brand, Bruha, has created a range of clean, clear and crisp premium beers in a new larger 440ml format. The pack size change aims to give consumers more value, whilst also aligning with the brand’s eco-friendly credentials. 

“We want to give consumers more for their money. 330ml is a popular pack size, particularly in the craft beer sector, however we want to create a point of difference with this slightly larger format,” explains Bruha MD Rob Breakwell. “Our aim is to balance the premium nature of our beer with good value. Plus from an environmental point of view, it costs the same to fill a 440ml can as it does to fill a smaller can, so this slightly larger size is more eco-friendly.”

Launched by Rob Breakwell and Marc Medland in 2020, Bruha now brews 20,000 litres of beer a month in its brewery based on the Norfolk/Suffolk boarder in the heart of farming country where the best barley is grown. There are three beers in the Bruha range, which will now be available in 440ml cans; Bruha Session Pale (3.9%), Bruha Lager (4%) and Bruha IPA (5.6%). All three use the very best East Anglian malted barley, which helps create the distinct flavour. 

Continues Rob, “Bruha is aimed at the modern drinker. Someone who loves a good pint, but isn’t interested in fads or trying ‘the next big thing’. We want to become an essential beer brand for the region and beyond, and be known for creating aspirational beers that are consistently delicious.”


Game Set POP!

Time to indulge yourself with some Strawberries & Cream for the ultimate summer combo. This iconic British duo of smooth, creamy caramel infused with sweet dried strawberries is as luscious and luxurious as it is timeless. Popcorn Shed have really knocked this flavour out of the court! Whether you are having picnics in the park or watching the tennis, this is the perfect treat to ‘serve’ with a spot of afternoon tea-come rain or come shine!



BBQ like a boss

Powters produces a fabulous range of high quality sausages, available in a vast selection of flavours including: Pigolatas Chipolatas, Scrumpy Pig, Tipsy Pig, Skinny Pig, Chilli Pig, Prize Pig and Newmarket Pig. The ultimate BBQ addition; all Powters’ products are made with succulent, high quality British pork.

Powters Original Newmarket Pig is ideal for the classic hot dog, whilst its Pigolatas Chipolatas are quick to prepare, packed with flavour and perfect for younger guests. For a bit more flavour choose from Chilli Pig, Tipsy Pig or Scrumpy Pig, and for those watching their waistline… Powters Skinny Pig boasts less than 3% fat and only 97 calories per sausage, plus they are gluten-free.

Powters Sausages are available from Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.



Sho… drink on the go

The new ranges have been designed by Amy Williamson and Emma Allsup, and features a selection of space-themed and ocean designs that are bright and eye-catching. The Pacto range will keep your favourite tipple cold for 8-12 hours long! All Pacto cups are made from stainless steel, are BPA free and available in 360ml size, RRP £22.99.



Oak-Aged Gin

The award-winning Heart of Suffolk Distillery has created something deliciously different for gin and whisky lovers alike; an oak-aged gin that is best served neat. 

To create its new oak-aged Gin, the expert team at the distillery has barrel-rested its flagship Betty’s Gin for six months to create a totally different gin, with hints of oak on the palate that are reminiscent of whisky. The result is a smooth gin with subtle bourbon notes that provide a warming and exceptionally easy drink to enjoy over ice. 

With oak-aged gins still very rare on the market, Betty’s Oak-Aged is smooth enough to appeal to gin lovers, but also boasts that distinctive finish that will be enjoyed by whisky fans too.

The Limited Edition Betty’s Oak-Aged Gin is currently available in 20cl bottles, RRP £16 and 70cl bottles, RRP £41. There’s also 5cl bottles RRP £6.50.


Under 5’s Planting

Suffolk coffee firm, Paddy & Scott’s, has found an innovative new way to save its compostable cups from the bin by using them as the perfect pots for planting as part of a new project designed to get green-fingered youngsters to develop a passion for plants.  With 1000s of its paper coffee cups destined for recycling bins every week, Paddy & Scott’s has teamed up with local plant geek, Michael Perry, to get kids (and their parents, carers and teachers) involved in its summer planting competition. Paddy & Scott’s Hadleigh and Ipswich branches will give away free wildflower seed balls to takeaway coffee buyers with an under five child interested in taking part. It is also working with Hadleigh Community Primary School to encourage more children to grow flowers and plants this summer and share their successes online. Michael has created a video on how to plant up in a compostable cup, and kids will be able to share their progress and final plants with @paddyandscotts.

The competition is open from now until 18th July 2022. To find out more search for #JuniorPlantGeeks


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