What we've been up to
Something new I’ve learned
There's always something weird coming into the shop designed to catch the eye and pique interest, especially in beer. With a wide variety of hops, infusions and beer of all different colours, the market can sometimes feel oversaturated. However, something recently caught my attention that got me excited to try something different: ‘Nectar IPA’ from Up Front Brewing. Brewed using a unique strain of yeast Metschnikowia Reukaufii. Isolated in Berkeley California, it evolved to aid in the pollination of flowers it inhabits. By consuming otherwise unscented sugars existing in nectar, it turns them into tasty, odorous, attractive esters that pollinators and beer drinkers go crazy for. It’s delicious!
Most interesting customer question
Probably the most frequently asked question, too: ‘Why is it called Marchtown?’. This is the name of the wee village that sat in our Glasgow suburb (currently Strathbungo) on the earliest maps that name it, c. 1750. There’s debate as to whether the current (Gaelic) name might have been the original, kept alive by folk memory. Regardless, Marchtown refers to the meeting point between old parish boundaries - or marches - that converged here. The stories say that jurisdiction ended at the march, so there were lots of dodgy characters cutting about. In that case, little has changed!