If a brewery-run craft beer and gin bar situated in an old bank isn’t fun enough, RedWillow is offering all manner of tasting opportunities. The new kid in Buxton’s “West End” hit the ground running at the start of this year and it looks like it’s just been warming up. The first of two upcoming events sees owner and head brewer, Toby stepping out front to talk through the different styles of beer they make and how they compliment a variety of cheeses.
Then on 27th June, they have another gin-tasting evening, this time focusing on locally produced gins from Derbyshire and neighbouring counties Cheshire and Staffordshire with a selection of charcuterie, cheese and dips and other goodies from the RedWillow kitchen. Local gin producers will there on the night where customers can ask questions and gets hints and tips on how best to enjoy different gins.
You don’t have to attend one of the events to discover a cornucopia of eats and drinks though: RedWillow has an ever-changing line up of 5 real ales on hand-pull and no less than 17 craft keg beers, showcasing a wide diversity of beers from their favourite UK and international breweries. Unbelievably, there are always 50 different gins too, plus a seasonal cocktail selection and Prosecco on tap. If you’re in need of a hot drink, the bar serves coffee from the Buxton Roastery and teas from the Cheshire Tea Company.
The food menu is equally multifarious; offering a mixture of sharing plates and artisan pizzas. RedWillow takes pride in using only the best ingredients with chef Steph making all the sauces and dips fresh each week. She uses San Marzano tomatoes for the pizza sauce, for example. They use local producers too, such as pies from Geoff Mycock and Son butchers of Buxton, which you can have with mash, peas and proper gravy on Sundays and Mondays.
The chilli in the RedWillow’s nachos is made with one of the beers called Smokeless (a Chipotle smoked porter). Spice lovers could also try Nduja; a spreadable Italian sausage (Toby’s favourite) which features on two of the pizzas. Smoked Chicken from the Cheshire Smoke House goes on their most popular pizza alongside smoked mozzerella and Steph’s homemade chilli jam.
You’ve probably got the impression by now that the staff of RedWillow take pleasure in offering inventive tastes. If you’re the kind of person who likes to try new things, the only question is, why aren’t you already there?
For more details on upcoming events in May and June at RedWillow, visit their Facebook page at: facebook.com/redwillowbuxton. Tickets and places can be booked online.
To find out more about Red Willow Brewery, go to www.redwillowbrewery.com
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