Did you miss us? Silly question, we know the answer… ☺
Hi all, apologies for being SO long with the latest blog update, I promise we’ve not been slacking, it’s been an interesting and crazy couple of months at HSB.
So, where to start? Well, lets pick up from last time, and what happened after the first brew… Our opening night hosted by the Dial Arch was a fantastic evening, and thank you for those of you who could make it (Twitter and FB are much more frequently updated, so please check there for events!). We sold about 4 casks over evening, which was brilliant with people quaffing our Pale Ale and Fusilier like it was going to run out (it nearly did!).
Hop Stuff Launch!
That week also saw us deliver across SE London, and we launched simultaneously at RLA @ The Old Loyal Briton in Greenwich, and several other fantastic pubs, with about 40 casks going out in total – no small feat in a Zipvan I can assure you.
From that launch evening, we’ve gone from strength to strength, having appeared in all of the following pubs (with the option to reappear if you keep requesting Hop Stuff!):
|The Dial Arch – Woolwich
||The Bull – Shooters Hill
|The Roses – Woolwich
||The New Cross Turnpike – Welling
|The Great Harry – Woolwich
||The Windsor – Old Kent Road
|RLA @ The Old Loyal Briton – Greenwich
||The Grape and Grain – Crystal Palace
|The Cutty Sark – Greenwich
||The Capitol – Forest Hill
|Richard The First – Greenwich
||The Crown and Anchor – Brixton
|Greenwich Tavern – Greenwich
||Beer Rebellion – Gypsy Hill
|The Rose and Crown – Greenwich
||The Grape and Grain – Crystal Palace
|Theatre of Wine – Greenwich
||Dartford Working Mens Club – Dartford (DUHH!)
|Hare and Billet – Blackheath
||The George and Dragon – Swanscombe
|The Royal Standard – Blackheath
||The Wrong’un – Bexleyheath
|The Dog and Bell – Deptford
||The Crosse Keys – Gracechurch St
|The Old Mill – Plumstead
||The Cosy Club – Stamford
If I’ve missed any I apologise, and I’ll make a special tweet to mention you, but as you can see, we’ve been getting ourselves out there quite nicely, including getting into a number of Weatherspoons & Youngs pubs!
All these pubs not enough for you? What else / where else have you been I hear you asking…
We’ve launched 2 further beers, our 7.4% Gunners Porter and 5.6% Renegade IPA (for all our investors this was the beer we tempted you with during fundraising). This takes our current line up to 4, which is where we are planning to keep it, until Spring at least! Casks of Renegade and Gunners Porter were limited (the porter in particular was a short brew due to the ABV and consequence malt bill), with the majority going into bottles but head over to either the Old Mill in Plumstead, or the Roses in Woolwich to sample the last few.
The Hop Stuff line up – thanks to BrandMe for designing the labels!
We’ve also started to spread the word by attending several events – running the bar at the Greenwich Heritage Centre museum late to launch the Porter and our bottle line up, going along to a Kent farmers market as well as a brilliant Saturday at the London Independent Brewers Market in Spitalfields! We must thank the team over at Five Points for organising – this was a great opportunity to promote the brand, meet other brewers we’ve yet had the chance to, and finally, to sell lots and lots of beer – impressive given the competition on the day!
London Brewers Market
Horton Kirby Farmers Market
Right, so, where can you get your hands on our bottles next?? I promised a website, and I continue to do so, we are building one (honest!), so keep your eyes out for a shop and a redesigned website at some point in the not to distant future.
If you can’t wait for then (and why would you?) then please come along at join us this Friday evening for a brewery open night from 6-9pm. “Finally” I hear you scream…, the doors of HS will be open to all our lovely fans and supporters, and you can pick up all the bottles / Christmas presents / stocking fillers & little prizes for yourself for surviving the festive insanity. We’ll have our full range of beers available in 330ml bottles, as well as our 6 bottle gift packs, 750ml champagne bottle Porters & we’ll open a cask or 2 for your 2 pint evening takeaways!
750ml Gunners Porter – great for Christmas!
How to find us
If you can’t make it on Friday evening and live a little further afield, do not fear, we’re also with our friends at the Kent Christmas Food Festival on Saturday at the Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks (TN13 1ZZ). It would be lovely to see some friendly faces, as well as meet a few unfamiliar ones if you get a chance!
So again, apologies for the delay in a blog update, I promise I’ll try harder, but come along on Friday evening or Saturday and I’ll apologise in person over a few bottles of Hop Stuff!
Here at Hop Stuff we live and work in an amazing part of London, and are surrounded by a fantastic community. We hope we can help spread a little (or a lot!) of Christmas cheer and share a beer or two with you in the brewery on Friday evening. It’s events like Friday, and the Heritage Centre and Brewers Market last week that reminds us how lucky we are to have all you fantastic people drinking our beer! Keep going, and here’s to the next part of the adventure.
P.S. We’ve also added brewery pup Barley to the Hop Stuff family!