<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Hertfordshire Life today click here

Hitchin’s new craft beer experience

PUBLISHED: 22:24 21 January 2017 | UPDATED: 22:24 21 January 2017

The Beer Shop joint owners John Gudgin and Ben Hudson

The Beer Shop joint owners John Gudgin and Ben Hudson

Danny Loo Photography 2016

A new Hitchin store for St Albans’ Beer Shop has a range of exciting new ideas for ale lovers, Laura Vickers discovers

Inside the new Beer Shop in Hitchin. Inside the new Beer Shop in Hitchin.

A brand new craft beer experience has come to Hitchin, courtesy of the experts at Beer Shop St Albans. The new venture on Hermitage Road, which is around double the size of the St Albans store, isn’t just a bottle shop – although it does stock hundreds of beers from around the world and a large selection of local brews. The new shop also has an intimate tasting room with space for around 30 beer fans to try out a new beer (or two).

It’s this unique drinking space that is really exciting co-owner Ben Hudson about the new shop.

‘As well as choosing bottled beers, we have 10 keg lines customers can buy from, and we’ve created a big cask beer cabinet – something no-one else has really done before – so people can drink straight from the barrel,’ Ben says.

The shop opened in early December after Ben and co-owner John Gudgin completed extensive renovations, giving it an industrial, steel and zinc-focused design and incorporating the brand’s grey and orange colours. The pair hope the location will help them to reach a new audience of beer enthusiasts.

They chose Hitchin ‘because it’s an awesome market town with a lovely vibe – very quirky, with lots of independent businesses’.

This year will see lots of tasting evenings at the shop, but the big news for 2017 is that it will start selling the Beer Shop’s own creations.

‘We’ve wanted to do this for six years,’ Ben explains. ‘And we’ve created a new beer brand all ready to be revealed later this year. After spending three years drinking the best beers in the world – including ones on our doorstep – we thought it was time we ourselves contributed something to the UK’s thriving beer scene.’

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hertfordshire visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hertfordshire staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hertfordshire account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink

Food and drink editor Richard Cawthorne visits the historic country hotel with a fresh sense of purpose

Read more
Mon, 11:34

Farmers’ markets make it easy to buy fresh, healthy food sourced direct from local producers in a charming setting, far removed from the supermarket experience. Here are some of the best farmers’ markets in Hertfordshire

Read more
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Make 14th February a date to remember, book a table at the Brickies.

Read more
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

For the first time in 15 years The Bricklayers Arms will be closed for the whole of January in order to extend and refurbish our kitchens.

Read more
Friday, January 5, 2018

Hertfordshire is a foodie haven with gastronomic events taking place throughout the year. We have picked some of the best for this month to check out

Read more
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Book a table for 2-course lunch or dinner and receive a complimentary dessert.

Read more
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

From Italian style bistros to modern Turkish eateries and classic British spots, Hertfordshire has a plethora of innovative restaurants. We have picked 20 top places to eat in the county

Read more
Friday, December 15, 2017

After a ramble through the Hertfordshire countryside with the pooch, nothing beats a visit to a pretty country pub to refuel

Read more
Monday, December 11, 2017

Sopwell House Hotel in St Albans serves up a meal to remember for food and drink editor Richard Cawthorne

Read more
December 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017

Good Beer Guide editor and St Albans resident Roger Protz chooses his favourite Herts pubs at Christmas – 12 historic inns that hit the festive spot for drinks, food and atmosphere

Read more
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Job search in your local area



Local Business Directory

Hertfordshire's trusted business finder

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search