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Hop Hideout City Guide: Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is a capital city of many wonders; cheese, weed, late night clubbing, picturesque canals, classic brown cafes, windmills, darts and of course beer, more than just your Heineken and Amstel too. I've been going to Amsterdam since the mid-90s, it used to be a yearly trip around Queen/King's Day, the national royal holiday (Koninginnedag in Dutch), where basically everyone transcends on the Dam to party, with sound systems out on the streets and all sorts going on. Then again in July for the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, always ensuring a stop over in the capital. But it's been three years since our last visit and there's been an explosion in Dutch breweries and beer bars since then. Here's our guide to a few beery spots to hit if you're visiting anytime soon:

Brouwerij T'ij

You'll spot the windmill a mile off, helps greatly when you're out of the city centre and everything looks very similar! Those repeating rows of classic Dutch canal houses. Brouwerij T'ij (pronounced eye) produces a range of quality, flavoursome beers and this tap room boasts a beautiful outside terrace area to enjoy them in.

The Beer Temple

An American inspired craft beer bar not far from Central station. An impressive tap list with a meat and cheese board offering to accompany those big US IPAs. (I managed to find and drink the Belgian lambic on tap though!). 


Craft & Draft

Owned by the same person as The Beer Temple and Arendsnest, Craft & Draft opened in 2014, in a neighbourhood spot near Vondel park. Over 30 taps, plus a mini bottle shop situated in the venue's entrance. This was one of the friendliest bars we visited on our trip and we visited a number of times, as we loved the atmosphere. The bar manager was welcoming, informative and helpful in letting you sample before buying. If you time it right, there's a mid-week free tasting session showcasing a particular brewery each time. 

The Beer Tree

A neighbourhood beer shop with a US and Dutch focus plus beer on tap for growler fills. Not far from Craft & Draft and worth a visit if you're in the area. 


I was smitten by the beer choice in this classic Dutch venue, with its long, thin, brown bar as it's the only place I found with a dedicated Dutch focus on the taps. Over 30 taps, plus a detailed bottled menu. Table service on offer here, so just sit down and peruse the menu at your leisure. I'd put a couple of hours aside for this bar, so you can discover the diversity of the Dutch brewing scene. 

In De Wildeman

One of Amsterdam's classic brown cafes - dark wood interiors, different hues of brown covering the walls (it use to be a distillery). We discovered a cask of Weird Beard on the bar which was a big surprise (in a good way as it was a big dark beast). Varied selection of beers from across the world and just off one of the main shopping streets, so a great place to seek refuge from the central madness. 


Oedipus Brewing

A short trip on a ferry from the back of Amsterdam central station takes you to the northern part of the city, where young experimental brewery Oedipus have taken up base in a warehouse. We called in on the open Sunday session with a welcoming atmosphere and party vibe - Redlight Radio DJs were set up playing a mix of jazz, funk, soul and house. The taps mainly featured their own beers such as the delicious saison Mannenliefde; they did have one guest tap, which was a nice addition. 

De Prael

From the quite unassuming exterior in the main redlight area near central station,  De Prael hides an expansive space once inside. Housing a shop, brewery and a connection to the street behind which hosts their bar venue. An impressive use of space and inter connections of different areas. Sign up for the brewery tour where you end up with a tasting paddle at the main bar. 

Butcher's Tears

A little on the outskirts past Vondel park way lies Butchers Tears. Its worth the trip and the Proeflokaal (tasting room) is a low key, white tiled, pristine wonder. Very laid back and you could easily loose a few hours here working your way through Butcher's Tears beers. Make sure you ask about any one-off specials in bottle, as we found a few available on our visit. 

De Bierkoning

A specialist beer shop since 1985 and it's just around the corner from The Beer Temple. Stocking over 1500 different beers, the Dutch section is mightily impressive, let alone the beers from all over the world - I spotted some Cascade Brewing and tasty gueuzes in the lambic cellar on the lower floor. 

Food Hallen

Situated in the west of the city this food hall opened in 2014 in a huge converted building. Inside is an array of food vendors, each with their own space, with group seating and bar areas dotted between. We visited a few times on our stay trying Vietnamese banh mi and Dutch specialty bitterballen (a savoury deep fried meaty snack usually containing minced beef of veal).  The beer choice was a mix of macro Amstel and indie Dutch - I tried a Oedipus' Gandalf The Pink - a tart cherry sour bomb. 

Salon Serpent

As a lover of tattoos I had to visit Angelique Houtkamp's beautiful tattoo parlour Salon Serpent. It's very near Food Hallen. Even if you're not up for a bit of ink, I'd highly recommend a visit to buy her artwork prints and posters. 

Haarlem is  just a 15 minute train ride from central station. Head over for the day or afternoon and make sure you visit these two beery places whilst you're there......

Het Ulitje

Loved this small and welcoming neighbourhood bar. 25 plus taps with one of the most interesting selections we spotted on our holiday. We tried beers from the brewery itself plus Italian White Pony, Spanish La Quince Brewery and Cervesa La Pirata. The bar has taps US style on the back wall, nice exposed brick interior and a bar cat which mooches around looking for friendly strangers to become friends with. Het Ulitje are brewing some of wildest, tastiest beers in the new wave of the Dutch brewing scene, in my humble opinion. 


The panoramic photo I took of this converted church doesn't even touch the impressive space of Jopen. A copper shining BrauKon brewkit lies to the back in front of a set of stained glass windows, inside is a long thin bar, with lots of seating and a restaurant on the mezzanine level. A very slick, grown up beer venue. I sipped a small glass of Harlem Shake (an Oedipus/Jopen collab - big dark stout wth raspberry and black pepper) and took in the view.  

New Year's Opening Hours

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Thanks to everyone who has bought beer from us in the shop and online, sold us beer, come to a beery event we've hosted and ALL of you on social media who've bigged us up. A big NYE cheers goes out to you all. Really looking forward to what 2016 will bring Hop Hideout, already planned in gigs, Meet the Brewer's and Sheffield Beer Week shenanigans!

  • Mon 28th Dec 11am to 7pm (last day on mail order to guarantee NY Eve postal delivery, orders by 2pm)
  • Tues 29th Dec 11am to 7pm
  • Wed 30th Dec 11am to 7pm (last day on Click & Collect / Home Deliveries till 8th Jan)
  • Thurs 31st Dec 11am to 7pm
  • Fri 1st Jan Closed
  • Sat 2nd Jan 11am to 5pm
  • Sun 3rd Jan 11am to 5pm

Please note we are closed between Mon 4th to Thurs 7th January. 

  • Fri 8th Jan 11am to 8pm
  •  Open as usual after 8th Jan Tuesdays to Sundays.

Christmas Opening Hours

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Christmas Opening Hours

We will be open as usual through December, with changes Christmas & New Year's week:

  • Mon 21st Dec 11am to 7pm (last day on mail order to guarantee Christmas postal delivery, orders by 2pm)
  • Tues 22nd Dec 11am to 7pm
  • Wed 23rd Dec 11am to 7pm
  • Thurs (Christmas Eve) 24th Dec 11am to 3pm
  • Fri 25th Dec Closed
  • Sat 26th Dec Closed
  • Sun 27th Dec 11am to 5pm


  • Mon 28th Dec 11am to 7pm (last day on mail order to guarantee NY Eve postal delivery, orders by 2pm)
  • Tues 29th Dec 11am to 7pm
  • Wed 30th Dec 11am to 7pm
  • Thurs 31st Dec 11am to 7pm
  • Fri 1st Jan Closed
  • Sat 2nd Jan 11am to 5pm
  • Sun 3rd Jan 11am to 5pm

Mon 4th to Thurs 7th Jan Closed

  • Fri 8th Jan 11am to 7pm - Open as usual after 8th Jan Tuesdays to Sundays.

The 5 Best Cats of Instagram

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So this is a completely gratuitous and self indulgent post sharing my unabridged love for that furry friend known as the CAT! We set up a shop account on Instagram as we're both creative types and like composing photos at Hop Hideout to share. I've somehow ended up finding and following Instagram accounts about cats! (and beer and music!). I thought I'd share 5 of the best cat Instagram accounts out there in my humble opinion...take a look.  

Here's my 5 Best Cat Accounts of Instagram:

Distillery Cats - Set up in the US but features photos from all over the world of cats in their home habitats of working distilleries and breweries.  This cool cat is pictured from 2nd Shift Brewing

Cats on Synthezisers in Space - this person has a lot of time on their hands and some skills with Photoshop BUT I love it! Space-age cats all looking resplendent playing synths in the cosmos - what more could you want!?!

Cats On Tap  - This is for you to get involved with at home, if you have a cat and you like beer, just take photo of the two together #beercat and post the Cats on Tap crew. Take a look at their photos for ideas and you might get a regram - then everyone gets to see how gorgeous your cat is! 

Cats On Amps - Basically the above but with guitar amps!

Wade Cats - I don't really know much about this account other than Wade Cats paints beguiling images of cats, often with a beer reference and you see his artwork around Cantillon's Zwanze day. I'm intrigued... 

Hop Hideout Home Delivery Launches

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We have just launched a home delivery service after listening to customer feedback. It's as simple as browsing our online shop and choosing Home Delivery option! Order by 5pm for same day delivery between 7-8pm (Sunday please order by 4pm for delivery between 5-6pm). We aim to deliver the same day, but due to volume of orders we may be required to book you in on a following day.  

Currently we are only able to service orders over £30 to Sheffield postcodes:  S1-S8, S10-S11, S17 (free service). 

A valid photo ID will be asked for on delivery. 

Any queries please head to our FAQ page or drop us an email. 

Happy Birthday to US!

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It's our 2nd Birthday week! We opened our doors 13th November 2013 and ALL this week we're celebrating with events and more. 

As a BIG thankyou for all YOUR support we are offering 10% discount til Sunday 15th November 2015, midnight, on our mail order and Click and Collect online. (Minimum spend £10. Non-redeemable on event tickets). Use discount coupon on checkout: 2ndBirthday10

Collaboration Brew Day with Abbeydale Brewery

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Abbeydale Road is a little community of people and businesses that we love; otherwise known as the Antiques Quarter. We're coming up to two years old in November (mmmm there may be a party!) and with neighbours like The Broadfield, Picture House Social and more, we're happy in our little corner spot. We were incredibly humbled that local neighbourhood brewery Abbeydale asked us along for a brew day and it made sense to collaborate on a rich, wintry stout; as the darker nights beckon in around us. The sort of stout you clutch by the camp fire toasting marshmallows; one that warms you on first sip and makes your toes toasty.

One early morning (well for us! *cough* 8.30am) in mid-September, we arrived at Abbeydale Brewery to begin brewing with Gaz and the team. Gaz had already sorted the malt bill (we've added a touch of rye in there too) and was away with mashing in when we arrived. We reminded ourselves of the recipe ingredients, having a good dig into the hop bags bursting with aromas - we went for three big Cs - Chinook, Centennial and Cascade. Organic cacao nibs and Pollards blend 'Electric Candlelight'  coffee added to the dark brew mix. The 'Electric Candlelight' blend being a head-nod to friend Paul Infanti who used to run the namesake eclectic and wondrous cafe next to Vintedge.  

Thanks to Abbeydale Brewery (Pat, Sue, Dan, Robin, the whole office and brewing team!) & our good friend Ben Cooney for the artwork (we got there in the end!). 

The stout will be out towards the end of October and we can't wait for you to try it!

Sour Power – Why You Should Be Drinking Sour Beer (by Matthew Curtis)

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I have a rule when it comes to tasting sour beer for the first time and I like to call it the ‘three sip rule’. Your first taste of a sour beer might not be a pleasant experience, the intense acidity wrapping your tongue around itself into a fisherman’s knot. Fret not, that second sip won’t be quite as intense as the first and by the third your palate will hopefully have adjusted to the sourness. 

There’s a depth and complexity to sour beers that’s like no other and this is part of what makes them so damn appealing. It’s no surprise that more and more breweries are experimenting with creating sour beers of their own. This can be risky, as the many wild yeasts such as Brettanomyces and bacteria such as Lactobacillus can be a threat to other beers in the brewery, infecting them and causing them to unintentionally sour. Some breweries such as Colorado’s Crooked Stave brew sours exclusively to completely eradicate this risk.

The trouble with a term such as sour beer is that it doesn’t do enough to cover the gamut of beers that span the genre. A Flanders Red is a million miles away from a Leipziger Gose for example. The personality and terroir of the beers origin often has a huge influence on this. Take Lambic for example, this speciality beer takes its name from the Lembeek region just south of Brussels. Half the fun with sours is exploring the parts of the world they come from.


Berliner Weisse

There are few beers, except for perhaps the Flanders Red, that are a better introduction to sours than the Berliner Weisse. These are sometimes referred to as ‘kettle sours’ due to the pH of the base beer being lowered in the mash, before being boiled to kill off any other bacteria that might infect the rest of the brewery. This makes it a popular style with smaller breweries that like to experiment. 

Typically low in alcohol, these beers contain a lot of wheat which helps give them body. The flavour is sharp and zingy and only sour for a brief moment before a gentle, grainy, cereal note comes through in a drying finish. Brewers love to experiment with Berliner Weisse as it provides an excellent blank canvas for throwing in other ingredients and adjuncts. London’s The Kernel makes a superb interpretation, simply called London Sour that’s good on it’s own but both the Raspberry and Damson versions take it to another level. The sweetness of the fruit balancing out the acidity in the beer.

Chorlton Brewing Co of Manchester are concentrating solely on producing sour beers and have recently been experimenting with dry hopping their beer like you would an IPA. The resulting beers such as Yakima Sour combine the usual tartness with floral, bitter notes. Ignore these at your peril.



This wonderful style of beer historically originates from the German town of Goslar. However Leipzig is generally considered to be its true home. Here you can visit Bayerischer Bahnhof, a brewery that sits in an abandoned train station, to try their Leipziger Gose. The style sits somewhere between a Berliner Weisse and a Belgian Wit in terms of flavour and feel but the unusual addition of salt to the beer adds an interesting and surprisingly delicious twist. 

Gose (pronounced goze-uh) was all but dead until forward thinking Craft Breweries began to experiment and resurrected the style. Perhaps one of the best examples of this is Westbrook Gose from South Carolina. Without a doubt it has become one of my favourite beers, its perfect balance of juiciness and saltiness making it a beer for just about any occasion. In the UK Magic Rock have created a wonderful interpretation called Salty Kiss. While not being as sour as the Westbrook the addition of fruit such as lime or gooseberry adds a tart, fruity twist to this ridiculously drinkable beer. Look out for it in cans soon.


Flanders Red & Oud Bruin

One beer I can’t do without having in my stash is Rodenbach Grand Cru. This red ale hails from the Flanders region in the North of Belgium. It’s soured by aging in giant wooden tanks known as foudres. Here, all sorts of wee beasties get into the beer and add a deep, lactic sourness that’s somewhere between yoghurt and balsamic vinegar. To create the Grand Cru, Rodenbach blend beer that’s been aged for about three years with young beer that’s around a year old. This masterful technique creates a truly glorious beer. 

Similar to Rodenbach is Duchesse De Bourgogne, which is created in a similar way but has a much darker brown colour and as such is referred to as an Oud Bruin. Duchesse tends to have a slightly more savoury, balsamic quality than Grand Cru. These styles are now being experimented with all over the world and one of the best is La Folie from Colorado’s New Belgium. It tastes like Grand Cru on steroids. 


Lambic & Gueuze

The Lambic producers of Belgium are some of the most respected creators of beer in the world and perhaps the most well known of these is Jean Van Roy of Cantillon. The brewery itself is like a working museum. Witnessing the giant coolships, which Cantillon pumps their beer into so it can be soured by the natural fauna that lingers in the air, is a near religious experience. 

Lambic is completely flat and is often very, very sour so can be quite challenging to drink. Usually young and old Lambic is blended to create Gueuze, the Champagne of the beer world. Sometimes the Lambic is aged on fruit, for example cherries are used to make Kriek and raspberries to make Framboise. There are very few boundaries for a Lambic brewer. 

Other great Belgian producers of Lambic and Gueuze includes Boon and Drie Fonteinen, with each bringing its own unique character to its beer. There are plenty of modern interpretations becoming more prevalent too with Mikkeller’s Spontan range being among the more innovative. Beetroot flavour, anyone?

This merely scratches the surface of the wonderful world of sour beer. The best thing is to get out there and start trying some for yourself. Just remember to always take three sips before turning your nose up.

Thanks to Matt for hosting our first guest blog. We're big into reading and enjoy a bit of writing too here at Hop Hideout (Jules, one half of HH, has been writing about beer for local mag Exposed since 2012). We wanted to support beer writing in the UK and after Matt hosted his Bottle Club, back in July, it got us thinking - let's ask Matt to write a blog to share a beer story we're excited about. Luckily Matt was excited by sour beers too! Et voila! Hope you enjoyed the piece. If you did, you might also be interested in our next beery literature event with award winning writer and broadcaster, Pete Brown, as part of Sheffield's Off the Shelf festival - LINK

Matthew Curtis is a London based freelance beer writer, speaker and a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers. He is co-author of Craft Beer: The 100 Best Breweries in the World. He shares his writing here; put an hour aside, grab a cuppa and get reading : www.totalales.co.uk  

We posted this blog as a head nod to Cantillon's Zwanze day celebration - which is on Saturday 19th September 2015. For further information on this, head to this link: Cantillon

London Beer Festivals & London Beer City

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This week in August is always a bit of an exciting one with the UK's largest beer festival - the Great British Beer Festival about to begin in London. I've many good memories from previous year's - including working on the bars and the infamous cider bar training! The Bières sans Frontières bar is always a little treat to mix up the day's beer drinking - this year's list features the likes of De Molen, Cantillon, Deschutes, Green Flash, Pizza Port, Stone, Boulder and so many more on the Beer Finder. Can't wait to catch up with friends and enjoy sampling new beers.

London Beer City - a recent newcomer to proceedings has harmoniously slid like a layer of jam amongst the proverbial peanut butter sandwich to add juicy beer events everyday from Friday 7th August for 10 days. Will Hawkes is the man behind this phenomenal week and all credit to him in managing to pull together a wide beery group of like-minded people to ensure a fantastic array of events everyday. Personally I'm looking forward to the Magic Rock High Wire takeover at the Cock Tavern in Hackney 'Magic Eight-Balls' which will feature eight casks of this beer each dry-hopped with a different variety. But the events list, well...there is only one word to describe it; AWESOME. I try not to use this word a lot, so when I do it means a f**k load more, like I mean x 10,000. If you don't believe me go check the link and go to the 'Schedule' page to see all the daily events!

Finishing the week off, again, a relative newcomer in the beer festival calender - London Craft Beer Festival. This is year three and after an impressive launch (though I watched from afar on social media!), I'm really looking forward to visiting for the first time. With a well selected pick of overseas breweries including Stone, Omnipollo, Lervig, Founders and Edge Brewing amongst the London contingent - the beer list is going to be pretty special - I'll be on the hunt for funk and dankness!!! Included for the first time is an extension into the Oval's Pickle Factory space (the Oval is a multi use arts space in Bethnal Green); with blues music and a dedicated rib and burger grill in the yard. Breweries pouring in the Pickle Factory include Stone & Wood BrewingOakham AlesFourpure Brewing Co.and Sori Brewing. The food and music choices have as great an attention to detail as the beer list, the holy trio - Beer>Food>Music AND REPEAT.

See you there!




Indy Man Beer Con 2015

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Monday 1st June (TODAY!) tickets for the 4th Independent Manchester Beer Convention go on sale. SEE YOU THERE!


"Once again held in the stunning Victoria Baths, IMBC is an exciting and dynamic celebration of excellent beer from the UK and beyond, and for 2015 this year's event welcomes more beers, more space and more fun."



Tickets prices start at just £8, available here: http://www.indymanbeercon.co.uk/tickets/ 





Beer & Cheese Pairing at Sheffield Food Festival

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Ahead of our Beer and cheese pairing session on the 2nd day of Sheffield Food Festival  I'm enjoying a beer back at home, reflecting, after a full day chatting to a whole bunch of lovely people who came by our stall today. We brought a varied cross section of different beer styles and breweries to the festival; from local favourites (Bradfield and Thornbridge), to Sheffield newbies (North Union), Trappist classics, Danish sour - an Evil Twin Berliner Weisse to hopped up American IPAs from Firestone Walker AND more. I've loved the response, it's been great - from people looking to try something new or just partaking in a familiar favourite. Yet, what I've appreciated the most is the huge enjoyment beer brings. It puts a big warm smile on your face. Let's raise a glass to that!

Another dimension to notch up that enjoyment of beer is pairing it with food and Sunday's session is all about trying it with cheese. If you think about it there's a natural affinity there. Both have a common starting source - with beer, barley and wheat (both members of the grass family) and cheese - milk producing animals feed on grass. You often find farmer's collecting spent grains from breweries to feed their livestock too -  the cycle keeps going round. 

On a personal level, I often find that due to the breadth and complexity of beer styles it makes it easier (and more satisfying) to find a partner to your meal. I've included a table below featured in a blog post from beer writer Mark Dredge - take a look at his beer blog HERE, and I'd hugely recommend picking up his books on beer and food. 

Everyone's palate is different and each individual has a preference whether it's a rich dark imperial stout or a tart mouth-puckering gueuze or a malt driven pale ale. So as an individual you'll naturally sway to your tastes. But one way to really help develop what flavours you're picking up and explore what your taste buds are telling you is the ability to describe what your experiencing. I've included a copy of Mark's 'Beer Flavour Wheel' below - take a sip of your next beer and start in the middle - if you've a US hopped beer what aromas and flavours are you discovering (herbal? pine?). Once you begin to pinpoint some of these flavours it'll really help you start to match a tasty food pairing. 

After all that reading - I bet you're dying to just drink a beer and eat some cheese!

So after many weeks of 'research' myself and Anchorage finally settled on this little selection of 5 beer and cheese pairings. Give them a try in the demo, and let us know what you think:

1. Starnachas (Swiss) cheese & Anchorage 'Session IPA' (4.8%)

2. Chevre (France) goats cheese & Kyuichi Brewery 'Hitachino Nest White Ale' (5.5%)

3. Truffle noir (Holland) Gouda & Abbeydale 'Midnight Special' Porter (4.8%)

4.  Fourme D'ambert (French) blue cheese & Mad Hatter Brewing 'Liverpool Tart' (4.2%)

5.  Picos de Europa (Spanish) blue cheese & Trappistes Rochefort 'Rochefort 10' (11.3%)

Here's 3 from the above explained in a little more detail: 

Chevre with Kiuchi Brewery - Hitachino Nest White Ale

Type: Semi-soft

Age: 4 months

Produced: Northern France, produced by Soignon, Generic area of production

Milk: Pasteurised Goats cheese

Flavour: Tangy, Earthy, lightly tart

This is a classic example of Chevre – younger, fresh Goats Cheese.  Lower in fat and often used by dieters.  Production is seasonal from March – October.  We chose this as it had a very creamy texture, blending well with the carbonation of the Wheat beer

Wheat beer and Goats cheese is one of the best known cheese and beer matches and with very good reason.  The soft and creamy texture Goats cheese combines brilliantly with the wheat flavour and lift each other.  


Brewery               Kiuchi Brewery

Beer       White Ale

Beer Style            Belgian style white ale

abv         5.5%

Origin    Kounosu, Japan


Tasting Notes:     Hitachino Nest White Ale is brewed in the tradition of a Belgian style white beer with coriander, nutmeg, orange peel and orange juice. Malts: Lager, Wheat  Hops: Perle, Styrian Golding  Adjuncts: Flaked Wheat, Flaked Barley, Coriander, Nutmeg, Orange peel. Refreshing, mildly hopped with a complex flavour it is one of Hitachino's top-selling beers.

About:    The Kiuchi Brewery was established in 1823 by Kiuchi Gihei, the headman of Kounosu village. His family was collecting rice from farmers as land taxes for the Mito Tokugawa family and began his brewery with the idea of using the remaining rice stocks from the warehouse. In the 1950's, Mikio Kiuchi inherited the brewery legacy. It was the time when the sake industry flourished as the rapid growth of Japan's economy after the World War II. Although many sake breweries started mass producing low quality sake due to increased demand, Kiuchi Brewery maintained their policy of pursuing the best quality of sake with the optimum ingredients and craftsmanship.In 1996, Kiuchi started brewing HITACHINO NEST BEER and, in subsequent years, has gained international acclaim and winning numerous awards. Kounosu is about 1 hours drive north of Tokyo.


Truffle Noir and Abbeydale Brewery - Midnight Special

Type: Semi Hard

Produced: Northern Holland

Milk: Pasteurised cows Milk

Aged: 12 months

Flavour: Creamy, slight caramel sweetness, light – medium body.  Strong intense flavour of Truffles coming through in part as well

Texture: firm, not crumbly

Truffle Noir is a very special Cheese, it’s a Dutch Gouda style, but is specked with Italian Summer Truffle making it a very luxurious experience.  Gouda cheese is named after the Dutch town of Gouda as this is where it was traditionally traded.  Gouda can be quite a light inexpensive cheese but when aged like this is becomes deeper with a distinct umami character. 

The Gouda offers a rich and creamy body that combines well with the wheat and roasted malt in the porter with the intensity of the truffle really lifting the combination.  It’s the two notes of nature that match making it really pop. 


Brewery               Abbeydale

Beer       Midnight Special

Beer Style            Porter

abv         4.8%

Origin    Sheffield, UK

Tasting Notes: After a recent trip to Founders Brewery in Michigan in the US, Patrick & Sue (co-directors) witnessed a lot of American brewers using roasted wheat malt to add lots of dark colour to beers without imparting an intense bitterness often associated with using black malt. The use of Midnight Wheat gives a subtle roasted flavour without the intense bitterness of black malt. The late addition of Cascade and Amarillo hops from America adds a pleasing dimension to this porter.

About:  Patrick, Abbeydale's co-Director, started his working life in his father's Scissor works. He used to make beer at home using full mash brews. In the early nineties he was offered a job as a brewer at Kelham Island Brewery where he stayed until leaving to start up Abbeydale - in 1996. Their identity is inspired by their location - being named after the district that runs along the Sheaf Valley towards the old abbey at Beauchief. The logo of the brewery itself being inspired by the frontage of the Beachief Abbey.


Fourme D’Ambert cheese with Mad Hatter Brewing -  Liverpool Tart

Type: Semi-Hard Blue Cheese

Milk: Unpasteurised Cows Milk

Aged: 4 months

Flavour: Rich, intense + salty

Texture: Supple and dense (unusually for a blue Cheese)

One of the oldest cheeses in France and still produced using traditional methods in Auvergne, France.  This is an excellent example and comes from a small

tisanal producer for an excellen cheese. A Blue Cheese with the distinctive flavours of the Roquefort Mold which gives it enough power to match with stronger and more distinctive beer. Here we've matched it with the unusual and interesting Liverpool Tart a Gose style, where the tart character of the beer blends in well with the intense flavours and saltiness of the chees. Making the flavours last longer together on the palate.  


Brewery               Mad Hatter Brewing

Beer       Liverpool Tart

Beer Style            Gose

abv         4.2%

Origin    Liverpool, UK


Tasting Note: A perfectly balanced Gose based on the traditional Scouse sweet treat. Pale in look, aromas of peaches and apricot with a sharp, crisp and zesty flavour profile. The tang of salt halts the sweetness and gives a satisfying finish. Medium effervescence and mouthfeel, aroma  with focus on fruity note plus Citra hops and coriander adding to lemon note. No bitterness on the palate just sour spiciness overlaid by complex array of banana, green apple, dried apricot and zest. Finish crisp, dry, mouth-puckering and very refreshing - the saline characteristics particularly prominent in the dry finis and body of the bee. Often see recipes (particularly pasta dishes) using blue cheese and lemon - as the zingy lemon really matches up to the salty cheese. For simple starter try grilled asparagus sprinkled with fresh lemon juice and crumbled blue cheese. Refreshing light carbonation lifts the dense nature of the cheese - both complex flavours working in unison.

About: Gareth Matthews and his partner Sue Starling founded the Mad Hatter Brewing Company in February 2013. Constantly experimenting with flavours and combinations making this an extremely exciting brewery to follow. Liverpool tart recipe - earliest known mention from 1897, a pastry tart with lemon & dark muscavado sugar filling. Gose traditional beer style from Leipzig in Germany made with salty water.

Gose is an ancient, sour and saline tasting ale, made from more than half malted wheat and the rest malted barley. The brew is fermented with both yeast and lactic bacteria and is spiced with coriander and hop It is brewed with slightly salted water. Gose is a 1000-year old top-fermented beer style that is now most closely associated with Leipzi. Gose takes its name from the river Gose which flows through the town of Goslar, about 100 miles west of Leipzig. Goslar rose to prominence in the 11th century, not only as one of the wealthiest and most important copper, lead, zinc, salt, and silver mining towns in the German Empire, but also as a brew center.


Brooklyn BrewShop Kits

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We're extremely happy to be a stockist for Brooklyn BrewShop homebrew kits.


We think they've pulled together a selection of great recipes and offer the whole package in terms of information too with home brew videos and recipe ideas constantly being added. 

Check out their website brooklynbrewshop.com


We offer a range of their Beer Making Kits such as Everyday IPA and Chocolate Maple Porter AND their Beer Making Mixes. 

BIG NEWS *Klaxon*

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OK so here goes....BIG NEWS *Klaxon*

We are moving....NEXT DOOR - 448 Abbeydale Road into a beautiful corner location with our own front door and everything.

We are currently closed Mon 6th to Thurs 9th April, whilst we refurb the new location.

We will then be back open in the new corner spot on Fri 10th April 11am to 8pm.

Everything may not be completely [ermmm] finished but most importantly we will have lots of beer including draught take out available - with our swingtop 1L growlers OR fill your own. Poured from our top notch Kontakt 40 draught machine.

Draught Beer Menu for launch:
*Dugges (Sweden) High Five IPA (7.5%)

In addition we're part of the Buxton Brewery Company simultaneous launch of Two Ton IPA (11%) the same day!

With the bigger space we'll also be stocking more breweries and beers....I'll start to announce new additions from Monday all through the week.

Come say beery hello to your friendly neighbourhood beer shop in it's new space.

New opening hours will be:
Mon: closed
Tues to Thurs: 11am to 7pm
Fri & Sat : 11am to 8pm
Sun: 11am - 5pm

A Firkin Beer Festival

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Hop Hideout & The Picture House Social present...A Firkin Beer Festival. 

Running over the whole Easter Bank Holiday weekend in the games room. 18 casks, 2 keg lines and a whole heap of tasty bottled beers and ciders from Yorkshire and beyond. 

Free entry

Pizza oven all night, music all weekend. 



Bad Seed Brewery / Northern Alchemy - Belgian Rose Ale - 4%

BlackJack / Arbor - Live Long and Prosper 6.1%
A seriously hoppy strong pale ale of delight, a collaboration beer of the Arbor and Black Jack variety dedicated to the memory of the late and great Leonard Nimoy.

BlackJack - Belgian Red IPA - 6.8%
A hoppy red Belgian style IPA, with lots of late hopping with Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy.

Burning Sky - Plateau - Pale Ale - 3.5%
Pale gold in colour, with a crisp malt edge and sharp bitterness. Hopped at different stages of the brew , with a big mix of US & NZ hops. Full in flavour, zesty & refreshing. 

Buxton Brewery - Ace Edge - IPA - 6.8%

Fyne Ales / Siren - Wee Milky Way - Milk Black IPA 3.1%
A lovely, super smooth, low abv black IPA brewed in collaboration with Siren. A jet black IPA with a light tan head. Big hop aroma with a smooth mouthfeel from added lactose and a slight liquorice edge from the malt.

Hawkshead - NZPA - Pale Ale - 6%
Brewed with several varieties of New Zealand hops & created by their Kiwi Head Brewer Matt Clarke. Passionfruit, mango and apricot aromas & a citrus bitterness are balanced by the sweetness of English Maris Otter barley to produce an extraordinary beer which showcases the unique hops of New Zealand

IMBH / Celt Experience - Yes Way IPA - 6.2% 

Left Handed Giant Brewing Co - Pale - 4.1%
Crisp, easy drinking pale. Bags of fresh hop aroma, fruity flavours with a dry finish.

Magic Rock Brewing - Punchline - Chipotle Porter - 5.4%

On the Edge - Cascadian Black - 4% 
Cascadian black IPA made with Marris Otter, wheat, chocolate malt and a combination of British and US hops. A small batch brewery which brews just up the road. 

Salopian Brewing Co – Kashmir IPA - 5.5% 
An elegant strong Salopian version of an IPA, citrus, pines and tropical fruit engulf the palate. A dry body with an extremely long lingering finish.

Siren Craft Brew / Elusive - Dinner For Two - hoppy Vienna Pale Ale - 4.2%

Siren Craft Brew - Dinner For Three - hoppy Vienna Pale Ale (with Citra and Palisade) - 4.2%

Wild Beer Co - Bibble - Pale Ale - 4.2%

Waen - Pressure Drop - American Pale Ale - 4.5%
American pale ale with Citra, Simcoe & Cascade hops. 

Weird Beard - Decadence Stout - 5.5%
A rich and decadent stout using multiple grains types. Rich with chocolate and coffee roast flavours with just a touch of oat creaminess. 

Wiper True - Milk Shake Stout - 5.0%
Bristol breweries were once famous for brewing the best milk stouts around. Wiper and True take on the traditional recipe uses copious amounts of chocolate malts and vanilla pods to create a rich, velvety and satisfying dark beer.

Cromarty - Anniversary III - Belgian Quad - 11%
Belgian Quadrupel style brewed for Cromarty's third anniversary with caramelised figs. Bags of flavour with dried fruit, figgy pudding, caramel and more. 

Ilkley / Yeastie Boys - 3.74 degrees - 6.2%

to be announced

Please note: Beers may be subject to change during the festival due to availability


A Beery Long Week (Sheffield Beer Week)

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We've been busy co-organsing this! Sheffield Beer Week starts on Monday March 16 running through for 7 days, during the same week at SIBA's conference and Beer X.

Join us throughout the week as we'll be venturing to many events, or just come in and say hello at the shop. We'll also be hosting a selection of photographs from Nicci Peet's 'Caught On The Hop' project. 

We'll also be out Sat 21st March on a #Twissup with @CAMRGB 


2pm – Rutland Arms

3.30pm – Tap & Tankard

5.00pm – Craft & Dough for Pizza

Hop Hideout present ‘Caught On The Hop’ Photography Exhibition

Venue: Hop Hideout (entrance through Vintedge), 444 Abbeydale Rd, S7 1FR
Website: https://www.hophideout.co.uk
Date: Throughout Sheffield Beer Week
Buses: 97,98

Time: check website for opening hours

During Sheffield Beer Week Hop Hideout will host an exhibition featuring a selection of photograph’s from Nicci Peet’s ‘Caught On The Hop‘ project. These photographs document women in the beer industry across New Zealand – one of the fastest growing craft beer industries in the world. 
(Hosted in the events space next door, access via Vintedge/Hop Hideout).



"Britain's best beer retailers honoured at House of Commons" (still in shock)

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We had a trip down to the House of Commons on Tuesday 27th Jan on invitation from industry publication Off Licence News. We met some beery compadres and came back with an award! 

Thanks to everyone over the last 14 months for supporting our little specialist beer shop in Sheffield, I raise a glass to you all. 

Off Licence News said:

"Leading industry names and MPs attended the event organised by trade magazine Off Licence News to recognise the retailers both big and small making the biggest contribution to selling our national drink.

The awards singled out the top independent beer shops from across the UK – along with the best national drinks chain and supermarket.

Rosie Davenport, Editor at Off Licence News Editor, said: “Pubs do a great job promoting beer, but the swathes of great beer shops play just as important a role in enhancing consumers’ appreciation.  

More people are drinking great beer at home than ever before and the businesses recognised at Off Licence News’ Celebrate British Beer Awards are dedicated to sourcing and selling interesting brews and supporting the UK’s vibrant brewing scene. “

List of regional winners:

Regional Retailer of the Year - London: Real Ale

Regional Retailer of the Year - North: Hop Hideout

Regional Retailer of the Year - South: Beer Emporium

Regional Retailer of the Year - Midlands/East: Hopology

Regional Retailer of the Year - Scotland: The Beer Hive            

Regional Retailer of the Year - Wales: Gwin Llŷn Wines

Off Licence News link

Events for 2015.....well the first half of the year!

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So pleased to announce our line up of events for the first half of 2015. Big thanks to those breweries and people who have agreed so far! 

Thurs 26th Feb 7-9pm Mad Hatter Brewing - Meet the Brewer
Going from strength to strength this Liverpool brewery are producing some boss beers. From cranberry and beetroot wit to cherry scotch ale and rye IPAs. 

Thurs 12th March 7-9pm Beer O'Clock Show tasting
details to be announced.

Thurs 23rd April 7-9pm Thornbridge hosted tasting
details to be announced. Thornbridge are celebrating their 10 year anniversary so it'll be an exciting year.....Jaipur X anyone...?

Thurs 21st May 7-9pm Marble - Meet the Brewer
details to be announced.

Tickets available in the shop £10 per ticket, number limited. 
Event held at Vintedge

Blogs & Pieces

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Thanks to all who have called into our little beer gem. It's nice to read your thoughts!

poster by popchartlab.com

Here's a few blogs and pieces we enjoyed reading -

Chris Hall's 'Green, Hoppy Shots'

Craig Heap -

Indie Sheffield - '5 New Kids on the Block'

Boak & Bailey - 

Nibbly Pig -

Mashtun and Meow -

Our Fave Places -

Wee Beefy - drinking beer in 2015

Two Beer Geeks - 

let us know if there's more out there via +Hop Hideout   /  @HopHideout