So, we’re super excited and have to tell you about this first…..
Thanks to an apparently ‘unprecedented’ amount of public nominations (quote “Girls, you come from nowhere!”), we’re one of three finalists for the BBCR4 Food & Farming Awards 2015. This may not mean much to some, but for food producers, its the BAFTAs for the UK food industry.
We listened to the shortlist of producers while were in Nashville planning this little business in 2012-2013. Sitting undercover on a snow covered porch, a typical Tennessee winter complete with Red Cardinals dotted amongst the trees, saying to each other, ‘Imagine if we were considered for this award?!’ – After we laughed off the possibility and cracked on with planning Hang Fire Smokehouse – the first Welsh BBQ joint that champions provenance, quality and reverence for slow and low smoking. Two years later (to this day) here we are, incredibly humbled by the support everyone has shown us by voting us their ‘best streetfood’ winner and coming to see us when we pop up. We already feel like winners just by being nominated. We’re looking forward to the award ceremony on 30 April in Bristol, an meeting the other exciting producers – @ and @BerthaPizza – and in the rest of the amazing producers in all the categories. If you want to read a little more here’s the link to the nominees:
Sisters are brewing it for themselves…
We had the chance to meet Sue Hayward from Waen Brewery, the only female brewer in Wales, a month ago at BrewDog, Cardiff. After many excited exchanges we decided it would be great fun to make some beers that perfectly paired with our US Tri-State brand of BBQ. ‘Sue The Brew’ (as we call her!) is a true ‘Brewster’, a craftswoman than knows her way around a mash tun as much as we know our way around a smoker. And as women in male dominated industries, we both understood the pressures of not only meeting market needs but having to go the extra mile to stand out of the crowd. The beers will be available in The Gravity Station in April, at The Lansdowne, Canton, in The Pilot, Penarth and The Old Swan Inn in Llantwit. Plus available at our BrewDog Kitchen Takeovers (26/03 and 23/04)
Read more about it here: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/hang-fire-smokehouse-beer-barbecue-8789006