Award-winning Sheffield beer shop Hop Hideout is celebrating it tenth anniversary this month, with special events and a commemorative beer launch.
One of a handful of female-owned beer shops in the country, Hop Hideout’s Jules Gray has always championed diversity and welcoming spaces within the industry. Jules is also founder and organiser of Sheffield Beer Week and Indie Beer Feast.
A weekend of celebrations gets under way this Friday (10th November) with the launch of a Thornbridge Brewery collaboration beer. On Saturday, there’s a ticketed party.
“It’s a real ‘pinch me’ moment to collaborate on our tenth anniversary beer with Thornbridge,” said Jules. “When I first moved back to Sheffield, around 2011, and before Hop Hideout started, in 2013, this brewery was our go-to for beer, and ten years later still is!
“So we’re thrilled to announce this collaboration. From delicious cask Jaipur to phenomenal collaboration beers with the likes of international breweries like Sierra Nevada and Odell, to their thoughtful, intensely flavoursome and skilful barrel-aged range.
Jules Gray at Thornbridge Brewery, where she worked on the anniversary collaboration beer, Diamond Day
“Whether it’s Days of Creation Flemish-inspired sour ales, or their imperial stout series, Necessary Evil. Or the way they brew timelessly quenchable lagers with such finesse. To brew a beer with Thornbridge for Hop Hideout’s celebrations is honestly a dream come true and feels like a very full circle moment to complete this decade!”
The beer is a ‘crowd-pleasing’ hazy pale ale, full of tropical and citrus hits from Cashmere, Idaho 7, and Simcoe hops. There’s a base of Maris Otter and plenty of flaked wheat and oats, with California ale yeast completing the fermentation.
A joyful beer to celebrate the last decade’s achievements, including becoming a new mother and continuing to drive Hop Hideout onwards. The beer is named Diamond Day and references a 1970s classic by folk singer Vashti Bunyan, a song which Jules often plays to her daughter.
Simon Webster, co-founder and chief executive of Thornbridge Brewery, said: “Hop Hideout is a jewel in the crown of the Sheffield beer scene. They have supported us since first opening and it is great to see them celebrate their ten-year anniversary. We’re proud to be part of the festivities, having worked on this collaboration brew together.”