Saturday, June 23, 2012

HDM Opens

Sorry about the delay in reporting this, been having a small technical problem.

Anyway, on Wednesday Rob Allen's vision of opening his own real ale shop finally came to fruition when HDM Beer Shop, on Wood Street started trading. It ostensibly does was it says on the door, it is a shop that sells real ale. But not just bottled beers, he has a licence, temporary at present, to sell beer inside the premises too, so the place has the feel of a cafe bar rather than a shop.

This weekend he has a licence from 12 noon to midnight to enable him to sell beer, there are two handpumps on the bar, both selling Mallinsons on my visit; and three keg fonts with Summer Wine beer and a Gadds/Bitches beer. There is a very local feel to the place with plenty of bottled beers from the town's breweries also on sale. Of course there is Mallinsons, Summer Wine and Empire, but also Bridestones and Cuerden, Golcar and Elland, and from across the Pennines a full bottle range from Wilson Potter.

There are around 60 English bottled beers and they are augmented by beers from around the world. Plenty of American, Belgian, and German ales are available along with some from New Zealand and Australia and an impressive range from Norway's Nogne brewery.

At the moment there are seven draught ciders, all local, but the intention is to gradually increase this to 12 over time.

Should exotic snacks be your thing then this could be the place for you. Rob, formerly manager at the Rat & Ratchet, has assembled a collection of 23 different types that can be mixed and matched into a tapas style menu, or made up into lunch or salad boxes. They comprise a mixture of meat, cheese, olives and chillies, and of course, pork pies.

The prices are competitive, and the shop will be open normally between 9am and 9pm. If you have a problem finding it, it is on Wood Street between Northumberland Street and St Peters Street.

We all wish Rob well with this interesting new venture.  

1 comment:

Tandleman said...

Glad to see Wilson Potter in there. Some good stuff coming from them.