2019 is a new start for my Monthly Reviews, the last ones I did was in 2017 and I didn’t want to do them every year so 2 years seem a good wait. I didn’t do one in January as the month was nearly over before I had my list of 10 reviews to do.
February – Pour, a new pub down at Heeley and I know 2 of the owners, Jon from White Lion who did the Monthly Reviews in 2017 and Edd who will be answering the questions below, so here we go ..
1. Introduce yourself and tell everyone who you are ? tell us something we probably wont know ?
Hi, I’m Edd, brewer at Hopjacker, and one of the partners behind Pour. I’m pretty sure you don’t know that in 1993 I appeared in the background of a Look North segment on the Westmorland county show. I’ve been chasing the high of that moment in the spotlight ever since
2. What made you choose the venue where you are now in Heeley and right next door to The White Lion.
Heeley is a great area, and I’ve lived around here ever since moving to Sheffield. Over the past few years it’s really come into it’s own, and the whole stretch of London Road, leading into Chesterfield road, is becoming packed full of independent shops and bars. When we got together to talk about opening a bar/vegan pizza place it just seemed the logical place to do it.
Plus it’s only 10 minutes from my house, so that’s a bonus
3. What are the opening hours, also what events do you have on during the week and weekends.
4-11.30 on Wednesday and Thursday
4-1am on Friday
Midday-1am on Saturday
Midday-10.30 on Sunday.
We’re not currently open on Monday or Tuesday, but we’re considering doing so in the future
4. For those who have been you do keg lines only and I know you have mentioned to me you probably wont be doing cask, not surprising when White Lion is next door, you both compliment each other, do you have plans for more keg lines ? any plans for more bottles / cans as well ? will everything stay vegan ?
Since we started we’ve all been determined to keep our quality as high as possible, and with our limited cellar space I don’t feel we can really do justice to cask beer, which as I’m sure your readers know requires time and space to settle and condition, which I’m afraid we don’t really have!
More keg lines are a possibility, but at best we can possibly fit a further two in! We’re definitely planning on expanding our line of cans and bottles though, and have more products arriving this very week!
And yes, everything is going to be vegan – not only do I think it results in higher quality beer, it’s also morally the right choice
5. Everything is also vegan so what do you do food wise ?
We’re entering a golden age of vegan foods, with meat alternatives which in many cases can taste better than the real thing! Our menu is mostly pizzas, and our sole concession on the veganism front is letting people opt for a vegetarian mozzarella instead of the vegan cheese which we offer as standard.
We also offer a range of other options, such as Seitan BBQ ribs, Mac and cheese balls and other comfort foods. Unapologetically unhealthy food which can change people’s opinions on what vegan food means!
At the beginning of March were also launching a new menu, so watch this space!
6. Do you have any plans to hold any tap takeovers /meet the brewery ?, the place is big enough to hold these.
Tap takeovers are something we’ve discussed, but somehow nothing concrete has ever emerged! As you say, there’s definitely the space, and with 8 beer lines it can make for a decent event. Just need to line up the right brewery!
7. Now time to think back, what was your first ever ale you had and which pub was it in ?, also is the pub still there.
Before I moved to Sheffield 10 years ago I didn’t really know much about real ale. I’d tried a few, mostly they were just vinegary, poorly kept beers, but I just assumed that was what they were meant to be like. I’d worked in pubs since I was 18, but when I moved to Sheffield and started working at the Harlequin that I discovered how wrong I’d been to discount them!
The first ale that really got me excited about them was probably Phoenix Brewery Arizona, a 4.1% dry, hippy, citrussy pale. It’s still a beer I’ll look out for when I go out drinking!
8. Which are your favourite top 3 breweries and why ?
Now this is a tricky question! My favourite breweries change on a regular basis, but they’ll always be those who put out hop forward pale ales. At the moment I write this (and it’ll change very soon I’m sure!l I’d say my favourites are
North Brew Co
9. Which are your favourite 3 pubs in Sheffield and why ? You can choose your own
This is tricky – we’re really spoiled for good pubs in Sheffield, so, in no particular order;
A) Pour – it’s 10 minutes from my house, I select all the beer myself so I know I’ll have something I want to drink, and there’s excellent pizza to go along with!
B) The Bath Hotel – great beers, and a beautiful historic building, a grade two listed interior in fact! I am, again, slightly biased because I used to run it!
C) The White Lion – also close to where I live, with great bar staff and a warm, inviting atmosphere. Well worth a visit!
10. A question I asked in 2017 to some and will be asking this to everyone this year and see if any of them happen, so what do you think will be making the headlines in Sheffield in 2019/20 beer wise ?
With all that’s happened in the last few years I’ve pretty much given up making predictions for what will happen in the future!
I think it likely that we will see more of the local breweries in Sheffield making a shift towards doing more keg beer. Cask beer is undervalued massively in pubs, and breweries making hop forward, interesting beers are finding their margins squeezed, but for keg beers customers, and by extension pubs, are more willing to pay a premium price for a premium product
11. Seems as I am asking the questions is there a question you would like to ask me ?
Just one question – how do I win the best bar staff of the year award out from under AJs nose? – (My answer) you cannot 🙂
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