Another weekend, another beer date. This time at Canal Mills, such an underrated event space on the edge of the city.The indoor hosted a variety of brewers (some of my favourites, some newbies for me to try) and the cobbles outside were layered with street food vans to aid in soaking up the ale.
My glass remained filled with mainly Wylam Brewery, Fourpure, Five Points and a dabble in Brooklyn.
An awesome set up, working on halves they were around £2 each which meant you could work your way through a few brews should you want to. I favour pale and blonde beers, IPAs every now and then, the other half is more for stouts and porters which meant I could have a few sips of those outside my usuals, I still favour my usuals, even if a marshmallow garnish was on offer from a Tall Boys served stout.
I aimed to do the same with the food and work my way around the circle of street food vans, but the first (and the one I was most looking forward to) fully fulfilled me.
Hello Mac Shac. First try of the dreamy little thing and I'm really hoping not my last. Mac & cheese is one of my favourite dishes as is, so amped up with four kinds of cheese and a topping of pulled pork is just being silly good. We had a good chat with Luke, heading up the mac cheese delights, who was working hard at spreading the M&C gospel. All local produce, focussing on ~seriously delicious~ quality not quantity, I.E. not pumping it out with a lacklustre taste. His passion was evident, it may have just made that 36hr slow-cooked pulled pork even tastier.
Let's just pass on the moment of regret for not documenting the food... I worked my way through it whilst being taken on the Mac Shac journey. Camera stowed.
With a beer belly in development, we ambled home with some of the Tall Boys take-outs. It may have been a brewers market, but I'm genuinely still thinking about that mac, I can try my own creation, but just not sure it will live up to the Shac.
Keep an eye out for Canal Mills events though, they're more often than you'd think if you're new to the venue and that fairy light lined space is always there for a good time.