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Celebrate The Endless Toil, Send Beer!

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It’s been a few months since we last updated our blog and a lot has happened since then! We’re now nearly 3 months into the new opening of Hop Hideout at food hall Kommune, in Sheffield city centre. Not sure where the time has flown to, but it’s been a bit of a whirlwind (good). Now that we’re getting a little more settled, we’ve started to organise more events and exciting collabs. Whit whoo….

First up, Thursday June 20th, is our beer collaboration launch celebrating Tom J Newell’s latest art exhibition at The Viewing Room gallery space at Kommune entitled Endless Toil. We’ve collaborated with local hotly-tipped Sheffield brewery Saint Mars of the Desert and Tom to brew up an orangey summer ale, a perfect sup’ to help you ease the endless toil and see the beauty in life’s drudgery. Read more about Saint Mars and their intriguing beer journey over at Food & Wine - HERE. We first discovered their beers a number of years ago under their Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project brewing moniker. One of the beers we bought on holiday - Field Mouse’s Farewell was inspired by a little field mouse found in their Yorkshire home (they’ve lived back and forth between American and the UK; and Martha is from Yorkshire. Just to add more intrigue to their story!). An apt beer connection as we now find ourselves sharing our lives in the same beery city of Sheffield.

Tom’s used inspiration from his exhibition pieces to bring four designs to life on the can labels:

  1. Forget Me-Not

  2. Plenty More Fish

  3. Swan Song

  4. Pass The Torch

The Endless Toil exhibition covers a series of his new paintings and prints celebrating the suffering of our everyday existence, embracing the struggle, and finding beauty in life’s relentless drudgery.

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A 1300 litre orangey brew meant plenty of naval oranges were needed and Martha from Saint Mars spent a good few hours peeling and juicing [insert hearty round of applause].


With a sizeable addition of Centennial hops in the koelschip (a tasty bit of kit usually seen in spontaneous ale brewing such as Belgian lambic or German lager brewing for resting beer to reduce DMS). Saint Mars use their bespoke built koelschip currently to rest the beer and boost the flavours. In this collab beer there’s ‘‘Super Cascade’’ Centennial hop addition layered with candied peel and zest of orange. The beer was then dry-hopped with bags of Amarillo. The base malt has wheat, barley and oats - accentuating the smooth mouthfeel. The hop varieties chosen add more tropical/orange notes hinting at a ‘New England’ style reference point alongside the American yeast strain.

We hope you enjoy our beer and embrace the Endless Toil…..


The exhibition runs from June 20th through till July 20th. To keep the celebrations bubblin’ throughout the month we’ll be hosting the Sheffield Chapter Mikkeller Running Club route on Sat 6th July from the exhibition to Saint Mars via the scenic Five Weirs route AND releasing a limited Tom J Newell designed glass on Saturday July 20th. You can find more details on our Facebook events page - HERE.

Big news klaxon 🚨 We are moving 🚨Hop Hideout - new location *coming soon in 2019* 🚨

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There comes a time when you have to move on & now is the time for Hop Hideout. We've absolutely loved setting up our indie beer shop along Abbeydale Road these last 5 years & we've met & made friends with some lovely folk here. We've built up such a great community, welcomed a host of ace breweries over the years for events & managed to snag a few national awards along the way. We'll be sad to leave but we've been offered a truly unique & exciting opportunity.

We hope that all our customers come visit us at our new location; we have some 10% discount vouchers to hand out this week in store to make that even more attractive ;) AND we look forward to meeting a whole load of new good folk too. We know people have commented on social media they'd like to make it out to us more, but getting out to Abbeydale can be awkward if you don't live that side of Sheffield. So with that in mind, we've found a city centre location!!!

It will take a little to transition to the new location, so we'll be packing up & doing a few pop-ups through the next couple of months. Our last day of trading at 448 Abbeydale Road is Saturday 17th November. We will release a schedule of location & dates for all the pop-ups asap. We have also planned a big sending off with Swedish flavour maestros @duggesbryggeri hosting a meet the brewer & tap takeover as our final hurrah 🎉

All beer tastings, gift vouchers & bottle return deposits will be valid at our pop-ups & new location - so don't panic. We will also extend any that come up for use in the next couple of months, till the end of April 2019, to give you plenty of time to use. You'll also still be able to order online www.hophideout.co.uk for #homedelivery & #mailorder #beers 🍺

We've some big plans for @sheffbeerweek with an event collab with @fem.alefestival to announce. We will also be back along Abbeydale in March with an international focused beer bar at our craft beer festival @indiebeerfeast Longer term, we'd love to have a location back along Abbeydale Road, so if you know of anywhere - do send us a dm via our Twitter, FB or IG. *Hugs* 💜🍺

National Award Win For Hop Hideout

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looking all snazzy....

Back in Februaury we woke up in London feeling dazed, happy and proud to win this national award from the #drinksretailingawards - Independent Beer Retailer of the Year 2018. We just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who’s been through #hophideout and wished us congratulations, it’s been lovely to catch-up!

With monthly bike, running and homebrew clubs @epoy.cc @mrcsheffield 

Putting our all into organising @sheffbeerweek 

Setting up #craftbeerfestival @indiebeerfeast and above all getting married at the start of this year, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind so far.... Let’s see what the rest of 2018 brings. 

It's our ‘Happy Murray Birthday’ in November celebrating our 5th birthday with #billmurray themed beers. We’ll see what other #beer and #goodtimes we can squeeze in 😉 

A couple of our national awards....

A couple of our national awards....

A New One-Day Beer Festival Launches in Sheffield

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Straight from the Indie Beer Feast team - here's their update on this new one-day independent beer festival launching in Sheffield during Sheffield Beer Week. Saturday 10th March 2018:

''With an emphasis on great quality, independent, craft beer from the UK and around the globe, Indie Beer Feast has its sights set on launching a new one day beer celebration in their hometown of Sheffield. Starting small and focused, but with an ambition to grow over the coming years. The appetite and support for good beer in Sheffield is evident and it’s the right time to launch a beer festival, kicking off Sheffield Beer Week 2018 in style. The add-on element to Indie Beer Feast are a number of brewery bars which means festival attendees can chat to the breweries direct. In addition to a curated selection of street food vendors bringing the ‘feast’ component to life. Indie Beer Feast is also excited to work with the team at the iconic grade-listed Abbeydale Picture House, a 1920s cinema being brought back in to use by Sheffield ‘s CADS. Being able to host a beer festival in such a wonderful, characterful building will add to the ambience of the event hugely.

Event Manager, Jules Gray shares, “I’m extremely pleased to be launching this new beer festival in my hometown. The focus is on great craft beer, good food and good times. Keeping it simple with the focus on flavoursome beer and delicious food, in the beautifully atmospheric Abbeydale Picture House”.

With announcements and tickets being launched in December via Tickets For Good, the first wave of breweries include Fourpure, Thornbridge, Blackjack, Abbeydale and Mad Hatter Brewing. The day will be split into two sessions, each session entry ticket price is £6.50 (plus booking fee) to include a designed festival beer glass. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/indiebeerfeast and follow Twitter @IndieBeerFeast ''

Festive Big Bottle Beer Guide

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Festive Big Bottle Beer Guide

Nothing says Christmas more than a big beautiful bottle of beer to share round the table, or tree! Whether it's with your mince pie, turkey roast or that game of charades. We've pulled together a few of our recent favourites from a special Belgian oude gueuze (this year's HORAL Mega Blend) or a magnum of Chouffe to a festive pudding stout (Intrepid from the Peak District) and more. Dig out your box of soft-centre chocolates and have a read through for crimbo beer ideas! You have eight sleeps.....GO

Click HERE for that hit of the good stuff...



Weird Beard x Northern Monk - Habitual Offender 11.6%


Collaboration barley wine with sweet flavours of cherry drops and cake icing with a brandy nose and stone fruit richness. Ideal with marzipan rich stollen



Torrside Brewing - Monsters Series, BA Rauchwine 11.0%


Torrside's Monster Series have been gaining great support from beer consumers and this smoked barleywine is a parti-gyle of Hopfenrauch aged for 6 months in whisky casks. Rich sweetness, meets smoke and great with a rich cheeseboard, especially strong blue cheese! Absolutely bangin' value too at £9.60 for 750mls!




Cloudwater x Jester King:
Spirit Animal Loquart Elderflower

I would have included more Cloudwater big bottles in this list but all of the imperial stout went in 24 hours! However, when thinking about a beer that would pair with a wide range of flavours on your festive table, actually this elderflower saison is bang on the money. Delicate, floral, dry, refreshing, thirst quenching. A great to wash really rich foods along and re-set the palette. Plus it's a Jester King collaboration! A highly rated US farmhouse inspired brewery who know their way around this style. £11.00, 750ml. 

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Brew By Numbers' Biere De Garde 18/08 pairs along similar lines to the Cloudwater saison but if you're not a fan of floral elderflower notes yet still want that thirst quenching hit; this would be the beer for you.


Beer Historian Ron Pattinson Delves into Scottish Beer

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On a sun-filled Saturday morning in July, we were waiting to hear from beer historian and travel writer Ron Pattinson, anticipating his arrival in Sheffield ahead of our planned event at Hop Hideout that evening. It'd been a while since his last visit and the city landscape has changed dramatically, so we were slightly nervous of whether he'd find us in our south-westerly outstretch of Sheffield.

We'd arranged a collaboration brew with local brewery friends Abbeydale and Ron for Sheffield Beer Week and the clock was ticking! Early afternoon a friendly face appeared at the counter and introduced himself as Ron, we had a quick chat and drink, then set-off up the road to the brewery (see photo above on our arrival). Jim and Laura kindly gave us a quick tour, including the new barrel aging store room and brought us up to date on where the brew was at. The recipe is based on an historic Scottish strong ale from Ron's recent publication. The beer will be aged in different barrels and should be ready for a tasting event in March during Sheffield Beer Week 2018! Well, that's the rough plan....

If you haven't discovered Ron's beer and travel blog, we highly recommend you head over HERE for a read. We've found it especially interesting for our home brew club and personally fascinating to look back at beers from the past. We decided to ask Ron a few questions, hopefully giving him a bit of breathing space between his avid researching. 


  • Was there a specific moment that captured your interest in beer history that you remember? Please share.

I don't think there was one particular moment. It's an accumulation of things. Like old advertising mirrors listing exotic beer styles. Or old labels. I often looked at old labels and wondered what the beers themselves had been like. How strong were they? What colour? I was amazed to discover that the information was out there. If you knew where to look.

  • You've collaborated on a number of 'historical' beers, is there a particular one that you enjoyed most and can you tell us a little about it and why is stands out?

Pretty Things 1832 XXXX Mild Ale. A lovely, simple beer, brewed from just mild malt and Goldings hops. One of my all-time favourite beers. And surprisingly drinkable at 10% ABV. Plus it's the exact opposite of what everyone expects Mild to be: pale, strong, heavily hopped.

  • With a wealth of beer publications under your belt - which one would you say you enjoyed researching and putting together the most and why?

My two books about Scottish beer. Because I really felt that I was breaking new ground, finding out the truth about Scottish brewing. Which is very different from what we've been told.

  • Is there a particular part of Sheffield beer history you'd like to share with us? It's always interesting to hear about the city you live in!

It has to be about Gold Label. One of my many beery obsessions. How many realise that it was originally a top-class beer, aged in oak for 12 months before bottling...?

  • If there's one beer book out there (that's not your own!) you would recommend our readers go out and immediately pick-up, what would it be and why?

Martyn Cornell's Amber, Gold and Black. It's an excellent overview of the history of British beer styles.

  • Your current home is Amsterdam - if we were to visit your city which three beer venues should we visit?

In De Wildeman, Het I'j and Bierkoning.

  • I've got to ask about your favourite beer!!! Let's give it a historical reference point though. So, if you can, favourite beer from 10 years ago and favourite beer currently (or multiple, if you'd like to mention more).

My favourite beer from 10 years ago was St. Bernardus Abt. My current favourite is St. Bernardus Abt. I'm a creature of habit. For a long while it was Tetley Mild. I drank almost nothing else the seven years I lived in Leeds.

  • Is there anything you're currently working on that you would like to share with us - writing or event wise?

An Historic Lager Festival. Looks like one in St. Louis will definitely happen. I'd like to organise one in the UK, too. But I need to find someone committed to doing most of the organisation. And enough brewers interested in brewing beers for it

Ron's blog: http://barclayperkins.blogspot.co.uk

Want to read more from Ron, check out his writing on All About Beer - http://allaboutbeer.com/author/ron-pattinson/

Growler Care 101

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Looking after your growler or flagon or beer holding vessel (whatever you like to call it) is THE most important thing to have the best beer tasting experience you can. 

We recommend this little hit list to make sure you have the best experience long term:

  • After finishing your beer always rinse your growler straight after and turn upside to dry completely on your drying rack. If you don't have time and it's late on, place it back in the fridge to keep the germs at bay and do in the morning. 
  • Before re-filling at your fav beer shop *coughs* Hop Hideout, we recommend you sterilise & sanitise the growler. Use a bottle brush to clean the inside, use boiling water to rinse inside and out (just be careful here & don't go from hot to cold water as the item may crack). We also recommend a good spray of sanitiser after such as is used in home brewing (try Star San), oh and  make sure you read their instructions carefully. 
  • YAY! Done and now you can have fresh tasty beer filled into your growler....


See what's on our Beer Menu HERE



Mezcal, Gin, Whisky, Bourbon....Keep Your Spirits Up

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I've always been intrigued by spirits and often leaned towards a little night cap after the odd beer or two on a night out. To be honest you can't go wrong with a 'Boiler Maker' cocktail which is pretty much just a beer and whisk(e)y shot on the side - it's my favourite kind of cocktail! No waiting and a big enjoyable double hit of the undiluted good stuff in its purest form. Perfect after a long, hard day at work.

Mezcal, the distilled alcoholic spirit made from the agave plant native to Mexico, is a new found fascination. It's often produced in the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, though can be produced in six other states too. There are several different types of agave used in its production (except the Blue Webber agave variety which is used for tequila). Tequila is really a sub-style of Mezcal, much like a regional produced drink such as Champagne or Cognac. The agaves are cooked over wood in big dug out pits wrapped up in agave leaves. Here you begin to have sugars caramelised and a delicious smoky flavour develops. This Serious Eats guide is pretty good for an overview (I always like a good Serious Eats peruse!). All our mezcals are 100% agave. 


Montelobos: 70cl 43.2%

Using 100% organic certified Agave Espadin, this William Grant and Sons entry to the market delivers a smoky experience and sweet roasted Agave licks all at a reasonable pricing for the category. It often takes the agave plant ten years to reach the maturity required before harvesting!

Ilegal Mezcal: Joven 50cl 40%

Ilegal Mezcal started in around 2006 by John Rexer owner of Cafe No Se in Antigua, Guatemala (a dive bar with its own secret mezcal room) and has a stranger than reality story behind it! The name hints at its early trade beginnings lets say... This joven, or young, mezcal has the Espadin agave flavour at the fore with hints of pepper and apple.

Try making one of their signature cocktails at home - La Paloma.

Ingredients: 2oz Ilegal Joven, 0.5oz Lime Juice, 2oz Grapefruit Juice, Top with Club Soda
Prep: Salt rim of Collins glass, add ice, pour ingredients in order as above.

Part of me wonders whether you could top with a tasty grapefruit IPA instead of club soda in the La Paloma? Looking forward to trying a few ideas in in 2017!

Del Maguey: Vida 70cl 

Del Maguey Single Village Mezcals are widely renowned and respected internationally. Mezcal is mostly distilled in the Oaxaca region of Mexico and to often strict adherence to 500 year old tradition using maguey (agave) hearts and 10% pure water in the fermentation process. Village distillers run for generation in the same families (of the indigenous Indian population of Mexico) and have kept the processes alive. Vida is a quality single village mezcal at an entry-level pricing. With hints of honey, vanilla and roast agave on the nose, this finishes with fruity and sandalwood combinations on the palate. Ron Cooper founded the company in 1995 and is often cited as revitalising the global interest in mezcal. Watch their slideshow on the process HERE

Ken Price's artwork adorn's the green bottles, making Del Maguey eye-catching and unique. 

It's difficult as a newbie to whisk(e)y and bourbon to know where to start!!?! But it's an area I'm endeavouring to learn more about (Jules). I recently watched this BBC documentary and it wholly inspired me on the whisky journey. As we've started with a small select range, we decided to travel the World and picked out Teeling from Ireland, Mitcher's US straight rye whiskey, Benromach organic whisky and Sheep Dip Scotish whiskys and of course we had to go with the superb Blanton's single-barrel bourbon. We will be rotating this range as new discoveries come along. 

Gin is having such a boom and resurgence at the moment, much like craft beer and it's exciting to see all the independent distillers and producers popping up over the UK. Our range will be constantly evolving here, but we will always try to stock a good choice at anyone time. Not only do we stock local gins such as Sheffield Dry Gin (and soon to be added Sir Robin of Locksley), but we've looked across the country for interesting ingredient led varieties. Macclesfield based Forest Gin comes in a beautiful Staffordshire made ceramic bottle and the family use locally foraged ingredients such as wild bilberries and Peak District moss to make this award-winning gin. 

Head to our online shop to discover more... HERE

Steve Peat Interview Ahead of Peaty's Steel City Downhill

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That time rolls round once again for over 3,000 people to head up to Grenoside Woods, and no it's not some unofficial rave action, well not this time anyway, but the seventh Peaty's Steel City Downhill (SCDH). With world champion mountain biker Steve Peat at the helm, this local competition has grown year on year to become one of the biggest mountain biking events in the UK calendar. A huge well done to Peat and the team who organise this race; raising much needed money to invest back into Sheffield trail building and maintenance in the woods. What we love about the event at Hop Hideout is the family feel and inclusive nature of the event (and epic track!). It was inspiring to see little rippers, men and women all heading down the challenging course last year. In 2016 we sponsored the Men's Veteran race, this year we'll be sponsoring the Senior Ladies, that beer love needs to be spread around.

Steve Peat took some time out to answer a few questions for our blog ahead of this year's action; have a read and we'll see you up in the woods Saturday May 20th! 


Was there an inspiring moment that made you set up SCDH back in 2011? 

Yes, it was a bashing of heads together and a decision to bring some good old fashioned MTB fun racing to the great city.

How has the event grown and changed over the last seven years? 

It has grown massively, the entries alone are now a big headache for us as we get over-subscribed by hundreds, and controlling the parking and spectators is a rather large task these days. It all good though and the day is made by all these people wanting to be a part of our little big race.

What's the most difficult element in organising a downhill event of this scale? 

Preparing for the big day, there is more and more stuff each year to get ready for our one day event, but we have a great core group of four that get the big stuff done and a smaller voluntary group that help with everything closer to the event. It really is a get together of the mountain bike community in the city.


We noticed you were involved in the recent Sheffield city centre downhill event during the Outdoor City weekend. What was it like to race in such a urban environment? 

Yes, the Howard Street Dual Slalom, Nick Hamilton was the main man behind this event and it was awesome fun to race. I  love the dual format for both racing and for spectators, so to be able to bring it into a city centre location was even better. I have raced many urban events over the years and the dual was one of the best.

Do you think urban downhill events in the UK will become more common place, like the Red Bull races in Brazil?  

As the dual format it would be very good, you don’t need a very long course to make an exciting track and something that the racers and fans will both love. It's a great way to get people from city centres to know about what can be achieved on bikes.

What's your favourite downhill route in the UK? And overseas?

Wharncliffe Woods is the best of course!! But I also really like Whistler as an all round destination, it has great tracks, accommodation and bars.


How's life been since retiring from World Cup racing last year? 

As busy as ever……..ha ha, bit strange also, its the fist time in 24 years that I have not had a training goal to get ready for the first big race of the year.

Any major plans ahead you'd like to share? 

Loads, but none I can share………….sorry.


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Street Art Walk in the Sheffield Antiques Quarter

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The Sheffield Antiques Quarter is a hub for independent & creative businesses & that ethos has attracted many street artists into the area to commit their skills to the walls (or shopfronts or shutters & more). Take a day to wander round your favourite shops, have a bite of food & a beer on the way in-between; we've picked out a few of the artworks to get you started. 

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Rocket01's 'Big Walls' series continues with this beautiful mural entitled 'Visions of the Future' situated opposite the iconic Abbeydale Picture House. 

Just over the road is Pirate Ship which specialises in vintage sportswear, OG streetwear & Graffiti supplies. Their shutter is painted by MistOne, an original Sheffield Graffiti legend. You might need to head down before opening hours to check this one out!

On the side of Pirate Ship you'll find a cheeky Cement Bootz artwork, viewable at any time.

Dotted around the quarter you can find bollards which  artist  Colorarti  has transformed into these friendly creatures. See if you can catch them all... I found this one outside the Picture House Social.  

Find Mila K's substantial sci-fi warrior mural behind The Vaults off Sheldon Road. 

Finish your art trail at Hop Hideout featuring Tom J Newell's artwork on the outside & logo designed by Kev Grey; then call in for a well-earned beer.

Find more art trails here: http://sheffieldantiquesquarter.co.uk/street-art-trail/ 

Golden Pints 2016

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I love the cathartic nature of looking back over 'Your' year, flicking through photos (now a swipe on the smart phone & Google Drive albums) & checking the lists of beers you've sampled (a combination of notebooks, Untappd & smart phone notes). It's a real trip down memory & emotional lane, whether good, bad, indifferent or revelatory. Make the ride & you'll know what I mean...

I've been joining in Golden Pints (started by Andy Mogg & Mark Dredge, if memory serves me right???) since 2012 on my personal blog (I'll be honest, the regularity of posts have sucked over the last two years!). It's at least one blog subject I've wholeheartedly managed to continue to publish. I always start by looking back over the years, then as the months zoom closer to present life, the lens sharpens & I begin the writing process. It's funny how the landscape changes. One 2012 mention for Best UK Draught (Cask or Keg) Beer went,

"Honourable mention: Camden Town Brewery‘ Camden Ink’ 4.4 per cent. Highlight drink on a trip to London and a so called quick stop at the Euston Tap pub, the first time I’d heard of Camden Town Brewery and made me endeavour to find out more."

Well fast forward three years & Camden Town was one of the biggest news stories in the UK beer landscape with AB-Inbev's acquisition in December 2015. A big 'Fucking Hell' was heard whispered through the collective hive mind of the indie beer scene. Funnily enough I think it highlights my lack of visiting London regularly back then - as Camden started brewing in late 2010! One thing since that post, which I did promise myself, is that I would do more travelling. I have kept to this (I'm not great at New Year's resolutions usually); though still not as much as I would have liked. But funds & time are my continual enemies upon which I wage a personal battle.  

This Golden Pints has been written from Hop Hideout's highlights; as always we want to thank everyone who has supplied us ace beer & all our fantastic beery fiend customers. 

Drum roll......

  • Best UK Cask Beer – Buxton Brewery x Omnipollo 'Yellow Belly' on cask at Shakespeare's pub, Sheffield, as part of a Buxton Meet the Brewer event for Sheffield Beer Week. As Buxton don't really do cask anymore (or save it for their Taphouse usually, circa 2015ish), this event became a roller-coaster of wonderfulness. Lots of great beery people crammed into the front snug, drinking delicious glasses of this rich, roasted, chocolate impy stout goodness. 
  • Best UK Keg Beer–  Mad Hatter x Hop Hideout x Karkli 'Toncoco Loco' we were hugely proud of this beer & snack collaboration to celebrate our third birthday. Being inspired by multiple tangents including massaman curry to chilli & coconut combos, the Tonka bean became a bit of a revelation idea at the last moment. It was an expression of a beery trio friendship & I loved seeing all the responses from drinkers out in the UK. I wrote about the brew day HERE.  
  • Best UK Bottled Beer – Cloudwater 'DIPA v4/5' for me were a real occasion, you could sense the excitement around this release & I loved the idea of blending & sharing feedback. I know for some it kicked off a huge 'hype' debate but I wasn't on that bandwagon. I thought is was just a brewery using social media & connecting with drinkers. Sharing brewing process & ingredients & open to opinions. It was a real turning point for their double IPA brewing & I've loved every release since. I'm not bothered to get into any minutiae debate over VX is better than VY!
  • Best UK Canned Beer – Alphabet 'Flat White' I know it was a hard slog for Alphabet to commission their new canning line & I somehow think they sometimes get forgotten about a little in the Manchester brewing swell. We had a Meet the Brewer event at the shop & this white coffee stout was one of the favourties of the evening. Love the Hammo artwork too. Honourable metion: NMBCo/ATG 'Smokin' Bees'
  • Best Overseas Bottled Beer – Dugges 'The Orange Haze' IPA We couldn't recommend this beer & brewery enough in 2016. This Swedish outfit have stormed through the year & this orangey deliciousness was a Summer banger. 
  • Best Overseas Canned Beer – Reuben's 'Gose'. An absolute saline sour stunner from Seattle's finest. One of my fav beer & food pairings of 2016 from our BBQ Collective meal. Check the menu HERE
  • Best collaboration brew – Cloudwater & Magic Rock Brewing 'Three's Company'. A beer 'of a moment in time' using JW Lees' yeast & coming into fruition from Manchester Beer Week celebrations. It was a juicy, peachy IPA wonder. Loved the fact it was revisited later in the year with their 'Big Dipper' collab.  
  • Best Overall Beer – Cloudwater & Magic Rock Brewing 'Three's Company'. You can't deny that both breweries have been on top form in 2016. 
  • Best Branding – Beerbliotek. This Swedish brewery pull together colour wheels & typography on cans. Eye-catching & appealing. 
  • Best UK Brewery – Northern Monk Brew Co have been on fast-forward this year with big-hitting releases like Double Heathen, Mango Lassi & more. Working with a who's who of international breweries & finally announcing Hop City festival for 2017!!! *high fives*
  • Best Overseas Brewery – To Ol with their damn fine looking cans, opening brewery/bar/restaurant Brus in Copenhagen & amazing Christmas beers which made my year (Jule Maelk Imperial milk stout anyone?). Honourable mention: Cascade Brewing - Art is a pioneering legend. 
  • Best New Brewery Opening 2016 – Elusive Brewing, Andy Parker is an inspiring, lovely beery fellow & his launch of Elusive has been wonderful to follow from pen to paper to bricks & mortar. 
  • Pub/Bar of the Year –  Craft & Draft, Amsterdam. As Will's sister lives out in Amsterdam, the city is starting to become a second home for us. Craft & Draft is a little out of Dam's centre & has a warm neighbourhood vibe about the place. Friendly staff, lots of beer taps for choice & a little bottle shop to the front. On our return this year was new outside seating, which was a welcome addition. We also bumped into team Omnipollo at the bar after Borefts festival missions. 
  • Best New Pub/Bar Opening 2016 - Himmeriget, Copenhagen. This opened with little fanfare it seemed & no signage back in May when we visited. An amazing beer list both draught & bottled with Cantillon on the taps, Funky Buddha & Pipeworks cans. (We think there's an Evil Twin connection). 
  • Beer Festival of the Year – Mikkeller Beer Celebration is still the one for us. Nothing as yet has beaten the atmosphere & beer list. 
  • Independent Retailer of the Year – Tall Boys, Leeds. Nice peeps who love beer & a good time. It's great when you walk into a beer shop & you can find yourself talking about art, music & have a laugh too. They even launched our NMBCo x Tom J Newell 'Watermelon Crush' collab during Leeds Beer Week. 
  • Online Retailer of the Year – Beer Gonzo. We're in awe of their beer list. I've been tempted so many times to purchase, only reason I haven't is I just don't buy that much beer online surprisingly as I have lots at home. I hear they're opening a tap room & lambic bar too.  
  • Best Beer Book or Magazine – Pallet Magazine,  impressively put together quartely magazine publication with high print values & great quality writing on interesting topics. I want to own EVERY edition of this, it's the same reasons I searched out copies of Wax Poetics back in the day. 
  • Best Beer Blog or Website – Draft Magazine, as it seems to be the only website I read every week. They have the click title temptation down to a winning formula. And it's always worth the read. 
  • Simon Johnson Award for Best Beer Twitterer – @boakandbailey It's thanks in a big way to them I have a great reading round-up each month. (I never did submit that pub gem photo!)
  • Best Brewery Website/Social media – Cloudwater. From their appealing photos that ooze stories on Instagram combined with personal dialogue to their heartfelt & honest blogs. 

Cheers to beer!


Festive Gift Guide Ho-Ho Hop Hideout

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As December first rears its head, we thought we'd help you out with a little round up a la Ho-Ho Hop Hideout's beery Christmas gift guide. Christmas jumpers at the ready, barleywine on the side....

Now becoming a firm Christmas favourite here at Hop Hideout is Wiper & True's Plum Pudding Porter. An all round festive staple. Perfect on its own as a stocking filler, or buy a few to accompany in a gift box. Who doesn't like a bit of rich fruity dark beer sipping alongside a warm fire. 

There's a limited run of our Northern Monk Brew Co x Tom J Newell Watermelon Crush Tees available in store. Even if you didn't get to try the beer (tart, earthy watermelon, pucker-tastic) Tom's artwork is seriously good. 

For those awkward people, who know exactly what they like or prefer to choose the beer themselves - go for a gift card. You can start from as little as £5.00. Inside the card our message reads 'Good people deserve good beer vouchers'. Awwwwww. 

This newly published home brew book focuses on equipment, set up, brewing process and provides 50 recipes from the hot list of global breweries from The Kernel to Omnipollo, Mikkeller & more. Beautifully printed & great photography inside the pages. We get a little mention in the book too at the back! (We provided the Omnipollo beer for the photo shoot). 

If beer & food is more of your thing try this book from Julia Herz (US Brewers Association) & Gwen Conley. It manages to partner technical information with food & beer pairing menu building suggestions in a really informative way. 

Call in to Hop Hideout to talk to us if you're not sure, we're always happy to suggest present ideas. 

Why not have a beer at the same time *wink wink*

Beery Beertography Birthday Photos

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Thanks to @beer_farts for making us smile everyday during our third birthday week on his #Instagram. We wanted to celebrate this beer community that we feel a part of & with that in mind commissioned this wonderful series of photos. 

The first post featured friends #ElusiveBrewing &#CheshireBrewhouse with our Thai Yum Wit collab. Hurrah! #beertography #lego#beerybirthday #beercommunity#craftbeer #beer 
#goodbeer   #goodfriends#goodtimes

Day two of @beer_farts #beerybirthday series & it was one of Will's favourites, Omnipollo - Noa BA. We managed to source a keg of the delicious impy stout Noa for our birthday weekend; that didn't last long!

Day three and it was a New World as we woke up to news of the new US president... we didn't know whether to laugh or cry @beer_farts #beerybirthday post.

One thing we do know, life is better with good friends around. Northern Monk Brew Co started around the same time as Hop Hideout, cuckoo brewing initially & we hosted one of their first meet the brewer events in Jan 2014. Fellow beer community souls. It's been ace to watch them grow & we were chuffed to be able to brew a collab back in August a watermelon Berliner weiss called Watermelon Crush too.

Day four & it was one of Jules' favourites (she discovered this US beer at Copenhagen Beer Celebration). Wicked Weed - Serentiy, a divine 100% Brett barrel aged farmhouse ale. 

Day five was our birthday launch - Friday 11th Nov & the final @Beer_Farts photo featured friends Mad Hatter Brewing with their classic pale Penny Lane. 

A Big Beery Night

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When we realised Beer O'Clock Show's Steve was hosting his 'Big Beery Night' with Phil Hardy to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support the same Friday of Hop Hideout's 3rd Birthday weekend, we really wanted to get involved and show support for this beery community we're in and for a good cause. We agree with his sentiment too:

"We know these charities do a great job encouraging people to stop drinking for a month, but what if we turned that totally on it’s head? Let’s drink for charity and raise a glass to the ones we’ve lost by donating the cost of our drinks on that evening to Macmillan. This way we’re supporting our industry and charity at the same time."

So with that in mind we've pulled together a box of beery goodies and we'll be running a raffle to win that #bigboxofsomething

Enter in two ways on Friday 11th Nov:

1. Spend over £20 in Hop Hideout on that day to receive a free raffle ticket

2. Buy a raffle ticket for £1.50 in store

We'll be combining raffle ticket money and donating £1.50 from the above purchases to go towards 'Big Beery Night'. The raffle winner will be drawn and announced on Sun 13th Nov at Noon.


Friday 11th November is the start of our 3rd Birthday weekend and we'll be joining in online from Hop Hideout (whilst celebrating our birthday too!) in the 'Big Beery Night' . We hope you can too. There's lots going on, including auctions, all raising money for a good cause. Use the #BigBeeryNight16 during the night and follow @BeerOClockShow

Brewing Up a Birthday Treat with the Mad Hatter

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When we started Hop Hideout in 2013 (known lovingly, now, as the craft cupboard to our regulars), it was a big leap for us to go from office jobs & careers to self-employed independent business owners! In the early months, we met similar souls along the way; individuals who loved beer & decided to make parallel moves. We shared a common goal & a community ethos. One such soul was Gaz from Mad Hatter Brewing, based in Liverpool. In the 'early days' we actually used to meet half way, in Manchester, to pick beer up for the shop. We fell in love with their beer flavours, ideas & names that seemed to endlessly & effortlessly pour from the minds of Gaz and Sue at the brewery. Another soul we met was Kumar from Karkli snacks, after sharing a stall at the Sheffield Food Festival & stocking his spicy lentil goodies at the shop.

Fast forward three years & as we celebrate our birthday mid-November at Hop Hideout, we wanted to share it with those who were there at the beginning of our journey. I wasn't sure if Mad Hatter would say yes, but they did & they made us happy bunnies. I wasn't sure if Kumar would say yes, either, but I was humbled that he did too. It really felt like we were part of this thing, this, Craft Beer Culture & I wanted to celebrate in style with smiling faces all round.

On Friday 14th October I headed over to Liverpool to begin the brew day. We'd thrown various ideas around in advance & landed somewhere not far from the coconut porter tree. Inspiration came from massaman curry & the pairing of dark chocolate, coconut & chilli (& a night out at Indy Man Beer Con where peanut butter was added to the idea mix!).

View from the brewery office...

View from the brewery office...

On arrival we caught up on ideas & decided to focus on a rich porter with toasted coconut, sorachi hops & the addition of Tonka beans, instead of peanut butter - chasing that sweet & savoury umami nature of Southeast Asian cuisine. To pair with this beer Kumar is going to cook up a dark chocolate dipped chilli Karkli version. AND I cannot wait to share this combination at our third birthday weekend at Hop Hideout!!! x 1000. Head over HERE to find out more about our celebrations & I hope to see you all there. I may even try to transform Hop Hideout into an Alice in Wonderland meets the Mad Hatter meets The Mighty Boosh for the weekend. Dig out series two & watch on repeat, it'll then start to make sense....

Sampling a few brews at the brewery...the big juicy fruit Mandarin IPA was a stunner!

Sampling a few brews at the brewery...the big juicy fruit Mandarin IPA was a stunner!

A look back at ALL the Mad Hatter labels......lovingly stuck on one of their downstairs fridges!

A look back at ALL the Mad Hatter labels......lovingly stuck on one of their downstairs fridges!

Hop Hideout City Guide: Copenhagen

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Copenhagen Beer Celebration.....now Mikkeller Beer Celebration in 2017!

Copenhagen Beer Celebration.....now Mikkeller Beer Celebration in 2017!

The Danish city had been a bit of a pilgrimage for the last three years for me and Will each May. Mikkeller's Copenhagen Beer Celebration has grown from its initial entity in 2012 in a sports hall just north of the city with roughly 500 people each session to 2016's 1k capacity in its central meat packing district space. If you wanted to get tickets previously you had to sit studiously at your computer waiting for that second they went online, then a quick burst of button tapping, and fingers crossed, you'd snagged some. This year was the first time, in the bigger venue, tickets were available for a number of weeks. The beer celebration itself brings together a list of breweries from across the world all connected by an affinity with Mikkel Borg Bjergsø. It's a festival where breweries bring their big guns out, often supplying one off or limited barrel aged beauties. If you want to try that Cigar City Hunaphu stout or 3 Floyd's Dark Lord, well, you better book those plane tickets now hey!

Here's our city guide to the spots to hit whilst you're there, enjoy, oh and make sure you've plenty of holiday money!


The original Mikkeller bar in the central area of Copenhagen with 20 taps and outside seating to the front. During Copenhagen Beer Celebration this is definitely THE bar to meet people and often hosts a street party on the final Sunday of the Copenhagen Beer Week. Last time I was in one of the Surly guys let me try his beer before I made my purchase - its that kinda friendly place!

Mikkeller & Friends

The neighbourhood Mikkeller bar spot in Norrebro; friendly and laidback. Enter the bar by its corner door as the steps lead you down, opening to a wood and light palette coloured room. 40 taps spread across the main bar in the middle of the room, which reaches out either side. Their specialist bottle shop used to be adjoining but now you find their Belgian inspired sour wunderkind Koelschip. 


A dimly lit bar full of Belgian breweriana sets the tone for this Belgian penned love letter to all things sour. I lost an afternoon in this place. Take a book and indulge your YOU time.   

Ramen to Biru

With multiple branches newly opened in 2016 Ramen is Mikkeller's ode to Japanese ramen noodles. No reservations needed, just rock up and order your ramen. I'd go extra egg....always. Oh and there's good beer on tap and in vending machines to wash down the hot noodles. 


BBQ and beer collaboration between 3 Floyds Brewery and Mikkeller combining Texas inspired meat platters alongside Warpigs inventive beers brewed on site. Make sure you add burnt ends to your meaty selection and a big glass of double IPA, why not hey, you're on holiday. 


Mikkel's previous science students have done alright for themselves! Brus opened its doors in 2016 right during the beer celebration and it was a stunning conversion. The building houses a deli shop, beer shop, bar, restaurant and brewery space. So essentially everything you could ever want or need. This place has set the bar high and they'll no doubt be ones to watch globally in terms of their beery influence. 


Our favourite late night (and all day!) hang out is this underground boozer. A definite parteeee bar with an outstanding beer selection of Danish brews plus US heavies like Hoppin' Frog. Just down the road from the meat packing district and on the way to Kihoskh. Try Dry & Bitter beers - they're closely associated to Fermentoren. 

18th Street finds in Kihoskh

18th Street finds in Kihoskh


The perfect corner store offering bread, the hippest magazines and fridges of the best beers you've ever seen. Brewers seem to ensure a drop off of their wares during the Copenhagen Beer Week, so it's worth popping in each day to check the newest additions. Ask at the counter to check out the beer cellar......they'll let you leave your bag whilst you head down to view the extra stocked beers downstairs. 

Black Swan

A most pleasurable find tucked away at the edge of the historical navy quarter of Nyboder. One of the most recognisable bar like venues we visited with a rock'n'roll leaning. There was a picture of Patti Smith on the ladies and Lemmy on the men's. Friendly bar staff and relaxed vibe with a interesting selection of European beers on draught including a number we hadn't spotted in other bars. 


A crazy number of taps +60 featured at this central industrial beer bar. We visited on our first CBC trip in 2013 when it was pretty much brand spanking new and a bit of an oddity for the area its in. An overwhelming choice and array of beers, though the interior is a little sparse!

Orsted Olbar

A friendly neighbourhood beer bar by the river. Focus on Scandi beers, look out for Amager Bryghus beers here. A beautiful sculptured wooden bar and comfy little nooks to sit in and enjoy your beery purchase. 


Just around the corner from Mikkeller, Viktoriagade. A specialist beer shop and tasting room that's been around for a number of years, let's say pre-Mikkeller. The former owner was Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso (Mikkel's brother). Moving swiftly on! Here you'll find lots of Scandanavian beers and rarities plus if you time it right, the elusive Cantillon beers. 



This unassuming bar just opened whilst we visited, no sign out front, muted grey colours, concrete floors and a high class draught and bottled beer selection. We tried Pipeworks' Ninja v Unicorn cans, Cantillon on draught and big Evil Twn beers (think Jeppe is a partner in this operation). I even spotted Ron Extract of Jester King (though recently announced Ron is leaving JK, he still remains a shareholder) buying one of his own bottles (and Cantillon) to sample during his visit. 


A central food hall housing lots of independent food and drink outlets, where you can sit and consume those delicious purchases. Mikkeller have moved their bottle shop into a unit here (from Mikkeller & Friends) and throughout Copenhagen Beer Week follow their social media to find out what daily US rarities are available in store - Dark Lord anyone....?

Copenhagen Street Food (Food Hall)

Out towards the east of the city near Christiania is Paper Island. A waterside warehouse filled with street food trucks and drinks vendors. Grab a Brazialian grilled meat platter, add Belgian style double cooked frites, and finish off with a classic Danish open sandwich (Smørrebrød) to sample the local cuisine too. 


*TIP* You can pretty much find your beery hit list over at RATEBEER places. 

A few tasties we brought back home

A few tasties we brought back home

Peaty's Steel City Series 2016

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This year we were excited and humbled to support such a great downhill mountain bike event organised by local biking supremo Steve Peat and his crew - Peaty's Steel City Series.

On Saturday 16th April 260 mountain bike racers lined up and headed down the course up at Grenoside Woods. With over 3,000 spectators including Hop Hideout's Will in the crowd (getting muddy and trying not to get hit by a bike!).

Congratulations to all the riders, with a special mention to the Veteran riders, who won lovely beery Hop Hideout prizes!

Hop Hideout Veterans Men
1 - Scott Turtle
2 - Jason Dickinson
3 - Chris Whitfield

Brews & Beers Joint Social with Birdhouse Tea Co

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Thanks to everyone who made it out to our joint social with Birdhouse Tea Co on Thursday 28th May. A great social night of talking beer and tea, pairing, experimenting infusing tea in beer and indulging in chai spiced chocolate cake with a rich smoky beer to finish. Hurrah!

Beer & Brews Menu:

Dragon's Tears@Blackjackbeers
Saison Motueka & Lime @BrewByNumbers
Smoked Porter @RunawayBrewery

Teas / Birdhouse >
Iced Jasmine Tea
Rhubarb infusion
Chai spiced chocolate cake

Mikkeller Running Club Sheffield Chapter

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On a mild March 12th Saturday morning the Sheffield chapter of Mikkeller Running Club met at Hop Hideout for the first time to test out the running terrain. With a 5km route planned up to Millhouses Park, seven runners of differing levels took part. On return to the clubhouse everyone tucked into tasty Magic Rock beer and free cake!

If you like the sound of running and beer - then why not come along to the next run?

Runs are the 1st Saturday of the month from 11.30am and are roughly a 5km route. Details are posted on the Mikkeller Running Club website and facebook group invites:





Join our Strava group to check out the routes in more detail (Mikkeller Running Club Sheffield Chapter):