Cane & Grain Manchester – The very mention of beer cocktails tends to elicit scepticism and bad memories. Budvar, in partnership with popular Northern Quarter bar Cane & Grain, is hoping to change that. They’ve worked with Science and Industry’s Jack Barrott to create a new, exciting drink for their month-long takeover.
Cane & Grain Manchester’s the “Czech Mate” is a delicately-balanced and interesting drink that defies the common expectations of beer cocktails. It’s made with gin, vermouth, banana syrup, egg white, a few drops of tellicherry pepper tincture – and of course, Budvar lager. Finally, it’s presented in spectacular style – with a flaming, smoking piece of wood beside it.
The bitterness of the lager, which is brewed and conditioned for more than 100 days, offsets the sweetness of its other ingredients. The Czech Mate combines freshness and richness for a wintry, spiced flavour that doesn’t feel heavy.
Guests at Cane & Grain’s launch in Manchester were treated to a special demonstration of how to create the cocktail, a chance to try creating it themselves, and free-flowing Budvar all night – not to mention onion rings in Budvar batter. They learned about the brewery’s history and methods – its beginnings in 1895, the century-old legal dispute with AB InBev over the Budweiser name, and their commitment to using ingredients from the brewery’s local region.
A lucky few were also treated to a sneak peek into the behind-the-scenes lab at the Cane & Grain’s Science and Industry bar, where all their purees, infusions and blends are created.
For the next month, Manchester drinkers will be able to try the Czech Mate – as well as other Budvar cocktails including a modified espresso martini – at Cane & Grain where Budvar is brewer of the month.
There’s a unique opportunity to try three different types of the classic Czech beer in Manchester. Other than the original lager style – offering crispness and great flavour – Cane & Grain are offering the dark style, winner of World’s Best Dark Lager, and the Kräusened, which is unfiltered, unpasteurised and given second fermentation for a uniquely fresh taste and cloudy appearance.
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Author: Charlie Spargo