‘Craft beer’ is, by definition, that which is produced by a small, independent brewery. For the craft beer enthusiast, it's a lovingly brewed commodity, made with skill and care. Not a mass-produced intoxicant. If you love the craft edition, you'll love Hop O'Clock in York. It’s a shop which specialises in selling craft beers. A browse around this shop gives a craft beer lover the same high that a visit to a good bookshop gives to a book lover. The rarer the brew, the more of a treasure it is. This is a niche shop, but a really fun one. One of York’s little treasures.
Run by Jimmy Hoggar, with help from Julia, his wife, the shop stocks a variety of beers. You’ll find rare lagers here. Mr Hoggar aims to stock as wide a variety as possible. He's separated his stock into various sections, depending on the type. He even has a section labelled ‘crazy beers’. The shop is located in Colliergate, which is a nice York location. According to Jimmy, there’s quite a craft beer scene in York. There are pubs. So for those who enjoy drinking at home, Hop O'Clock is there to slake their thirst.
Jimmy Hoggar tells us that Hop O'Clock has the ambition to sell the drink even to people who don’t like it. It seems the shop might succeed. It has the potential to make drinkers of people who formerly had a negative view of the brew. If lovers of the brew can be seen as discerning people who know their hops as wine lovers know their vineyards, anything is possible. Stranger things happen in York.
The USP is the crowler on the premises. That’s a canning machine. The shop provides a canning service so you can enjoy a fresh beer in a can. You can buy original artwork and hear music from an impressive collection of vinyl. If you’re in York or visiting, you must come to Hop O'Clock and check it out.
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