Slightly late in posting but here’s a few reviews of local ale shops.
In preparation for new years eve the slapdash team decided to head out and stock up on tasty beer for a long evening of drinking. In order to get the best selection and also as a chance to check out a few new places we decided to take a small tour of a few local, reputable off licenses.
The Bottle Stop – 136 Acre Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK8 7PD
First off we made a small trek out to Bramhall to visit The Bottle Stop and the trip was definitely worth it! We spent a good few minutes taking in the vast selection of craft beers and ales that lined the shelves in front of us and wondered how we were going to decide what to buy (unfortunately the bank balance didn’t allow the “all of them” option). The extensive range included a good selection of beers from local breweries such as Red Willow and Marble as well as many quality American ales from Brooklyn Lager and Flying Dog among others. Also on offer was a good selection of bottled beers from the continent and in particular Belgium. Aside from the well stocked shelves there was also a cask beer and a keg beer available which were at the time of our visit were Marble Manchester Bitter and Erdinger respectively.
So all in all The Bottle Stop is definitely worth a visit even if it is a bit out of the way.
Carringtons – 690 Wilmslow Road Didsbury, M20 2DN & 322, Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton, M21 8AY
Next we swung by didsbury for a trip to Carringtons, though visiting another alcohol retailer did seem a little unnecessary considering the amount of beer in my boot after The Bottle stop. The selection on offer was a bit underwhelming after the previous gluttony of choice but there was still some good beers on offer. In particular there was a fairly extensive range of Bavarian bottled beers available. There was a small selection of locally brewed beer including a number of beers from Dunham Massey and a few from Mallinsons Brewey, of which the Motueka blonde I would highly recommend. Overall though the selection of British ales was slightly disappointing but still far above the standard of most off licences or supermarkets.
The Carringtons in Didsbury is not the only one in Manchester there is also another in Chorlton and while we didn’t visit it on this trip I did briefly pop in on the cycle back from work the other day. The Chorlton branch is larger and therefore does offer a slightly more extensive range of beers.
The Beer Shop 13 Kingsleigh Road, Heaton Moor, Stockport, SK4 3QF
Last but certainly not least was The Beer Shop in Heaton Moor. Recently opened this small establishment operates as a small bar as well as an off license and is run by a friendly and knowledgeable owner. There are up to six cask beers on offer at any one time and these can be bought in 3, 5, 10 or 20 litre “bags in boxes” to take away. There is usually a good mix of session and specialist ales on offer from different local breweries and at the time of our visit this included the Red Willow Ageless among others. As the shop has not long been open the range of bottled beers is not yet as large as it could be but is still pretty extensive and very well selected. It includes a good range of imported beers from Europe and the US, including Brooklyn Local 1 & 2 and a nice selection from Flying Dog Brewery.
By the end of the trip the car boot was full of some quality ales which certainly made for a very enjoyable new years eve if not quite such an enjoyable new years day!