Hidden Gem: Hymn to Ninkasi
Each month, Exposed ventures off the beaten track and showcases a Sheffield business well worth seeking out…
They don’t come much more ‘hidden gem’ than Hymn to Ninkasi, a bustling craft beer bar and bottle shop nestled in the heart of the achingly trendy Little Kelham development. Opened by two beer-loving brothers-in-law, Andrew and Nathan, towards the end of 2021, the venue has since solidified its position as another jewel in Kelham Island’s gleaming craft beer and ale crown.
The exterior is in keeping with the modern, post-industrial façade present throughout the development, and inside the triangular-shaped bar you’ll be instantly drawn to a selection of vast fridges lining one side, expertly stocked with a curated selection of craft beers: everything from easy-drinking session IPAs to chunky imperial stouts, crisp pilsners to uber tart sours, gluten-free to alcohol-free. Basically, whatever the preference or requirement, there’s something for everyone to pick up and sup.
Behind the bar, you’ll find three rotating keg lines, plus an enviable selection of specialty wines and artisan spirits to peruse. Following its winter opening, HTK was naturally a good call for take-home beers (they offer subscription box packages, too) or a couple of cosy warmers inside; but now, with the summer months bringing the heat, their outdoor seating is really coming into its own. Situated next door to the popular Domo restaurant, on a warm day the adjacent courtyards bustle with day drinkers and al fresco diners, creating a convivial atmosphere and making the bar a perfect stop-off for a crafty aperitif and/or digestif.
That said, if you are feeling peckish, they can rustle up some top-notch snacks in-house courtesy of local legends like The Bhaji Shop and Waterall Butchers. The friendly neighbourhood bar ethos is very much front and centre of everything they do, so expect a warm welcome from the owners, who are more than happy to talk you through everything on offer. Every beer is hand-picked by them from trusted breweries, so you’re certainly in safe hands!
Where to find it: The Wedge 5 Cotton Mill Walk, Little Kelham, S3 8DH