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23-06-2012, 09:14
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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 St 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 2 handpumps on the bar, both selling Mallinsons on my visit; and 3 keg fonts, with Summer Wine beer and a Bitches beer. There is a very local feel to the place with plenty of bottled local beers also on sale. Of course there are Mallinsons, Summer Wine, and Empire represented, 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 on sale, and they are augmented by beers from around the world. Plenty of American, Belgian, and German beers are available, along with some from New Zealand and Australia and an impressive range from Norway's Nogne brewery.

At the moment there are 7 draught ciders, all local, but the intention is to gradually increase this to 12 over time.

Should snacks be your thing then this could be the place for you. Rob has assembled a collection of 23 different snacks 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 9 am and 9 pm. If you have a problem finding it, it is on Wood St. between Northumberland St and St Peters St.

We all wish Rob well with an interesting new venture. https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5761264498865183675-516652258030723786?l=www.aswiftone.com

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