After one of their most successful years to date, the first ladies of ‘cue, Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn of Hang Fire Smokehouse, are back in action this month and have got 2015 off to a real bang.
Last year saw them team up with the likes of The Pilot and SFC’s street food extravaganza but this year they’re getting off to a cracking start with new (-ish) boys on Cardiff’s craft beer block, BrewDog.
The Scottish craft beer bar opened last year to much excitement amongst the vast majority of us and not just because of the eclectic array of beers available, but because their indulgent menu, serving the likes of dogs, burgers and tots, is the epitome of comfort food.
Now the Westgate Street bar is set to add Southern style BBQ to their menu for a limited time as Hang Fire will be taking over the kitchen to serve up some of their finest smoked meat and finger lickin’ fixin’s for you to get your chops around in BrewDog’s bid to collaborate and immerse itself in the local community that their bars operate in.
“We work with local businesses wherever we can as it’s important that our bars are involved and a part of their local business community,” said Sarah Warman of the Scottish brewery’s marketing team. “This also introduces us to the amazing expertise and work of our peers local to our bars and we learn from one another.
“This has often led to wider collaborative projects. It also means you’re opening one another up to your own audiences, introducing new customers to your wares. Can’t say fairer than that,” she continued.
So when BrewDog came knocking, it was something Sam and Shauna just couldn’t turn down and it is something that Wales’ favourite pop-up is relishing.
“When BrewDog approached us to collaborate on a beer and BBQ night, we were thrilled to bits,” said Sam. “It combines two of our favourite things; meat and beer!” she continued, but it’s not just that that has them excited, it’s the chance to follow in the footsteps of one of their heroes.
“With one of our BBQ heroes, Texas Joe, having already paved a similar path in London, it’s a dream come true that in just 18 months, we’ve gone from backyard BBQ’ers to a collaboration with the UK’s leading craft beer aficionados,” Sam added, and it’s not just Hang Fire and their hungry fans who are more excited than a cat in a fish market about the trio of kitchen takeovers. The bar itself is salivating at the prospect of pairing some of the finest beers in the world with some of the finest BBQ in the UK.
“Our collaboration with Hang Fire Smokehouse is a perfect opportunity to showcase how well craft beer pairs with amazing food,” said Nathaniel Williams, BrewDog Cardiff’s General Manager. “Food and beer pairings are the ultimate way to excite people about the diversity, creativity and passion of craft beer brewing.”
The three events will be running this month on February 26 followed by March 26, as well as next month on April 30 with each pop-up centering around a different southern theme.
‘The menu will be small and well crafted,” said Sam. “We’ll be focusing on State variations of US BBQ. Staring with Texas, and our travels from Taylor to Houston. This will be all about the traditional beef BBQ. March takes us East to the Carolinas, Lexington to Asheville, home of all things porcine, and finally, in our April date, you’ll be getting a taste of what we call ‘Bayou BBQ’, something we’ve been working on. It’ll be a marriage of NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) flavours with BBQ, it’ll be epic,” she added.
As usual the BBQ pop-up will be operating a first come first fed policy so get down there nice and early to avoid missing out on one of the best meals you’ll eat this year.