Sheffield Beer Week: Raising the bar with Hop Hideout
Founded by ale aficionado Jules Gray in 2013, Hop Hideout is home to an increasingly eclectic selection of craft beers, ciders and wines…
Hop Hideout is an award-winning speciality beer shop and tasting room, founded in 2013 as a ‘labour of beery love’ by Jules Gray. A beer professional, Jules was already passionate about craft beer; blogging regularly about the subject for Exposed Magazine whilst working at a brewery before deciding to launch her own independent beery business.
The business originally started in the back of an antiques centre on Abbeydale Road in Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter before moving into a nearby cafe space and then onto its new food hall home at Kommune (on the site of the Grade II listed former Co-Op building) in the city centre in 2019. One of the first ‘drink in’ beer shops in the UK, they have 200+ chilled beers available to browse, enjoy there and then or takeaway – including four fresh rotating draught taps.
In 2020 they launched a dedicated tap, focusing on showcasing neighbouring Attercliffe brewery, Saint Mars of the Desert, which means you can enjoy a stroll along the canal on a summer’s day between Hop Hideout and the brewery taproom, stopping at The Dorothy Pax along the way if you so wish.
Owner Jules has a particular penchant for wild ales, funky beers, natural wines and farmhouse cider, and loves nothing more than helping you find something you love to drink. And just as importantly, there’s a genuine sense of community around the shop with regular events such as Meet the Brewers and beer and food matched tasting sessions while they also host the monthly Sheffield chapter of the global Mikkeller Running Club.
there’s a genuine sense of community around the shop with regular events such as Meet the Brewers and beer and food matched tasting sessions
Passionate about Sheffield, good causes, and making beer a welcoming space for everyone, Jules is also founder and organiser of annual city-wide beer event Sheffield Beer Week and independent craft beer festival Indie Beer Feast.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, Sheffield Beer Week has gone virtual this year and will be looking back over the last six years of the event with a range of online celebrations. Head to facebook.com/SheffieldBeerWeek for the full lowdown.