Beer Revere Talks Beer, Beer and more Beer
It’s been just over a year since I started writing a beery column for Exposed – obsessions come in many forms and mine was, is and always will be beer. It’s difficult to pinpoint the why and what for but all I know is that it makes me smile. A big smiley cheek to cheek grin. I also love the fact that there’s a tangible heritage to making the stuff. From meeting my next door neighbour, whose cousin, used to be a cooper in Sheffield making the wooden barrels for a local brewery. Thinking about it since the 5th millennium BC in Mesopotamia, in its earliest rudimentary form, people enjoyed drinking beer.
Sheffield is a spectacular place to live if you love your beer – heaps of characterful pubs with good quality and great ranges plus abundant first-rate local breweries. Every day in Sheffield is a beer festival! My other half and I, have, for a long time pondered (over numerous beers) what if…what if we won the lottery, what if we ran a pub, what if….?
The last thought somehow grew and grew ending up in the whirlwind of reality that it is today. What if we opened our own speciality beer shop? Finding a thriving independent shop community at Vintedge on Abbeydale Road, an arcade of vintage clothes, furniture, records (King Biscuit Time), Electric Candlelight Café (look forward to some beer and food pairing evenings) and Purdy’s sixties styled salon has given us the confidence to launch Hop Hideout. We’ll be focusing on a handpicked selection of beer from UK independent breweries from Yorkshire and beyond and rotating stock to keep up with the new beer! Think staples like Kelham, Bradfield and Thornbridge alongside Magic Rock, Buxton and Ilkley breweries. London and Manchester will be healthily represented by – The Kernel, Partizan, Weird Beard, Marble, TicketyBrew and Quantum amongst others. America, Belgium and Europe are producing some exciting brews also so expect Rouge, De Molen, Nomada, Nogne and Mikkeller on the shelves. We’ll also be showcasing beer related art exhibitions and organising meet the brewer events.
What’s exciting to share and shows Sheffield’s appetite for beery beverage – are two further beer shops opening up. Beer Central run by Sean Clarke and his partner situated in the new Moor Market and StarmoreBoss on SharrowVale Road (focusing on specialist spirits and wine in addition) run by Jefferson Boss and Barry Starmore. There’s a sense of affinity between all three of us in terms of sourcing harder to find independent beer offerings and a desire to share our enthusiasm on our ranges.
Whether you’re meandering in the new Moor Market, sauntering down SharrowVale Road or ambling in the Antiques Quarter along Abbeydale Road you’ll have a speciality beer shop on your journey – independent to the core and browser friendly (as long as you talk beer!).
Keep up on news & brews via: @HopHideout
Look out for special events at Vintedge as part of the Antiques Quarter Vintage Christmas Market on 8th December.
Words: Jules Gray @beer_revere