Posts Tagged ‘The Joint’

Little Tenderness

July 2, 2014
Little Tenderness in dumpy bottle

Little Tenderness in dumpy bottle

Little Tenderness in dumpy bottle

Little Tenderness in dumpy bottle

Little Tenderness in dumpy bottle

Little Tenderness in dumpy bottle

Little Tenderness poured into a glass

Little Tenderness poured into a glass

Little Tenderness, a bottled beer from The Little Beer Corporation which I picked up from The Joint on a trip to Guildford farmers market.

I decided I would drink it today in the garden.

I was reminded when I used to brew my own beer, only what I brewed was superior.

The Little Beer Corporation is a microbrewery based in Guildford. They crowd fund their production, and those who have crowd funded, get to buy the beer. As far as I am aware, The Joint is their only retail outlet.

Guildford farmers market

July 1, 2014
Guildford High Street

Guildford High Street

sticks of rhubarb

sticks of rhubarb

broad beans

broad beans

garlic

garlic

chutneys

chutneys

Cloudy and warm, which I guess was good for the stallholders and their produce, then the sun came out and it turned hot.

Bread and flapjacks off Celtic Baker, broad beans off another stall, peas off Secrett’s Farm. A pasty off the pie stall.

I was pleased to see the Thai restaurant in Jeffries Passage had a stall.

I would have eaten in the Thai restaurant, but too nice a day to be indoors. I could have walked down and across the River Wey to The Keystone, but decided instead to have a bowl of soup from Glutton & Glee, as all I have had in the past is afternoon tea or a fruit juice.

A bowl of pea and mint soup from Glutton & Glee.

Fresh lemonade off one of the stalls. Very strong, but lovely and refreshing on a hot day. But please, do not serve in a polystyrene cup. Absolutely no excuse for this when there are paper cups available. Polystyrene goes to landfill or incineration, it cannot be recycled or composted.

Strawberries off a stall, but not the stall I had them off last month (which were excellent). I do not usually buy strawberries. Not because they are not good, but because the punnets lack lids, the strawberries have a habit of escaping, by the time I get them home, they have been turned to mush. Which sadly is what happened today.

I asked the National Trust of the scandal in Wales, commoners being deprived of their commoners rights on land owned by the National Trust. They looked at me blankly.

I popped in The Joint, and got a bottle of beer brewed by local microbrewery The Little Beer Corporation. Why were you closed early last Monday I asked? I learnt they close lunchtime on a Monday. I also got a pork chop. I used to get excellent pork chops off one of the stalls, but the farmer no longer comes. I thought the butcher in Downing Street in Farnham was expensive, around £2 for a pork chop (but they are excellent). In The Joint just under £4!

They had on display, and I assume for sale, The Three Indian Sisters Cookbook. They were surprised I knew them.

I looked in Harris + Hoole, and was handed an invite to a cocktail party.

What is the function of a farmers market?

  • showcase for local produce
  • showcase best practice
  • retain and recycle money within the local economy

We need Hobo Co with their battered old Citroen van serving quality coffee, beans hand-roasted in Winchester. I groan when I see stallholders with coffee from Costa or Starbucks. If nothing else, appalling hypocrisy.

Why therefore does Hobo Co not have a presence on the market? Because a quality coffee stall is being blocked by the council, or more to the point, a worthless jobsworth who needs to get off their backside and out and about a bit more in the real world. Or are we letting purveyors of what they jokingly call coffee, Costa and tax dodger Starbucks, dictate what happens in our High Street?

There is support from market regulars, stallholders, and local retailers, for a quality coffee stall.

The Little Beer Corporation is a Guildford-based microbrewery, they are literally just up the road. I am surprised they do not have a stall. Though it could be their output is so small, they could not support a stall.

Please, please please Curries from Home with a stall. If you have never tried real Indian food, this will be your chance. Delicious home-cooked Indian food. The opportunity to discover what real Indian food tastes like.

There needs to be joined up thinking from the council. Why do we have a stall serving food and drinks in polystyrene? There can be no excuse for this when their are alternatives that can be recycled or composted. Though pleased to see they have wooden not plastic forks for their food.

Guildford farmers market takes place in Guildford High Street on the first Tuesday of the month. There will be an additional Saturday market at the end of July during the Guildford Summer Festival.

Saturday 5 July 2014 — Godalming food festival

Saturday 26 July 2014 — Guildford summer festival farmers market

The Little Beer Corporation

May 30, 2014
The Little Beer Corporation

The Little Beer Corporation

Always something new.

Today I learnt Guildford has a microbrewery, or as they call themselves, a nanobrewery.

I came across these beers in of all places a butcher, The Joint, in Jeffries Passage in Guildford, not where you’d expect to find beer (they have wine too), but then no ordinary butcher. But then you do not expect to see a butcher opening in the heart of a town centre.

The Little Beer Corporation has a surprisingly large range. They were established through crowd funding. I am surprised they do not have a stall on the Guildford farmers market.

The businesses model is different to most microbreweries, hope to find an outlet in a few pubs, and rely on Wetherspoon to pick up what is left at knock down price before it is poured down the drain. The Little Beer Corporation sell direct to their supporters, plus local outlets like The Joint.

Assuming they have a drinks licence, and assuming this beer is any good (I have yet to try), Harris + Hoole would be a good place to have on sale. And Café Mila in Godalming.

For a business that is locally based, community supported, I am shocked that they direct people to listen to music on spotify. Maybe they are not aware of the extent to which spotify rips off musicians. Please direct to sites like bandcamp, that actually support musicians.