Stocking over 400 bottles of the most unusual, experimental and outright tasty beers, the Hop Hideout is the place for drinkers looking for something out of the ordinary. Expect to find unique beers from de Molen, Mikkeller, AleSmith, Rogue and tonnes of Buxton amongst the shelves.
Wedged into the corner of a vintage shop in the Antiques Quarter since November 2013, Julia Gray’s Hop Hideout recently moved next door to take over what was the cafe space. With more shelving for an even broader selection and now opening into the early evenings with two draught offerings, Hop Hideout looks set to conquer all tastebuds.
Hop Hideout is also responsible for organising Sheffield Beer Week each March and is one of our top 3 bottle shops in Sheffield.
We asked Julia what comes top of her lists of beers and boozers:
Top 3 local breweries/beers?
Buxton Brewery – they can’t seem to put a foot wrong. From their dry hopped Berliner Weisse Far Skyline to collaborations with Arizona Wilderness and Evil Twin. Magic Rock – does anything need to be said here? The beer speaks for itself. Great Heck – love the dark beers including black IPA, Black Jesus.
Favourite ‘special’ beer?
The Kernel – London Sour Raspberry. Last time I enjoyed this beer was at Copenhagen Beer Celebration and it and reminded me how beer could be so intensely full of flavour, tart and tasty.
Favourite Sheffield pub?
Many! Sheffield has such a diverse range of beer spots from classic pubs with great beer selections such at the Rutland, Shakespeares and The Broadfield, to late night music drenched boozers like the Picture House Social and beautiful heritage pubs like the Bath Hotel. They’re all my favourite.
Favourite thing about Sheffield?
I’ve got to say the Sheffield Antiques Quarter – it’s our home as Hop Hideout. Every day is different down there and you never know what you’re going to find. Let’s just say my home keeps being filled with gems I’ve found from SAQ! Lots of people come from all over the country to visit and there’s a great community spirit across the shops and traders in the quarter. Plus a 1920s picture house sits right in the middle and has just started opening for regular market events – it’s just a stunning building.
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- Greg Povey
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- Gemma Thorpe