Mary Ann's Kitchen
Welcome to my kitchen
I'm Mary Ann and hopefully this should make a good read about what's happening around the brewery.
David and I started out with a plan 21 years ago. We decided to build our brewery in a dream situation planted in the hills of Luppitt.
I am just one of those natural Mums who enjoy every job that's thrown at me. Some of those jobs are better than others, but when David asked me to brew beer, well, I could not have been happier.
I come from a long line of brewers, but as men have it, or certainly my father would have it, ‘ladies' didn't brew beer - so I learnt to cook and type and nurse. Then, 20 years ago, my dream came true.
Now of course I'm using my other training as well. I look after everyone here, and take care of the garden, vegetables and willow beds which clean all our dirty water.
I'm always around to help with any job that needs an extra pair of hands and I'm never short of ideas!
How many of us have been brave enough to do a blind tasting? I think it's very brave thing to do and of course you have to trust those who are planning it!
For me it starts with children's parties, sweet and sour, bitter, sharp, hot, smooth, dry, sticky even nothing. All you need is a blindfold and a big sense of humour! You can do the same sort of thing with senses as well, but we are on tasting today!
As I've been brought up amongst real beer and all the complex tastes that are present, I've developed a real interest with the huge variety of different products you can produce with four pure products. Water to carry the tastes, malt for the degree of warmth and sweetness, and hops to counterbalance the malt with hints of bitterness. The...
I was gathering strength for a marathon of evenings out for me!
The first one was the 7 Chefs Dinner (pictured) prior to the Food Festival in Exeter. It was a great night with all the Chefs and their food a treat for the eyes as well as the tums. The wines matched to the food were delicious, and of course the atmosphere great. A big thank...
Yes, we went to Highgrove! It was a wonderful Christmas present from everyone at the Brewery, and we had lunch afterwards in the lovely reception room. It was like artic weather, and all coats and hats were worn.
We had a great guide called Helen, and my overall feeling for the lovely gardens was how lucky we are to have someone who is able...
Now I'm sure this has been reported somewhere, but I was
told about the swallows, who will be migrating back here for the summer. Tiny
birds flying over dry deserts and huge oceans every year.
This year they set out and when they were south of the desert area they found the too low gulf stream that has been giving us such a hard time...