An award winning micropub and craft beer retailer is coming to Maidenhead.
A Hoppy Place, named craft beer retailer of the year by the society of independent brewers’ association (SIBA) for 2021 and pub of the year by Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) for 2021 are opening their second outlet in the Royal Borough.
Based out of their Windsor shop which was established in August 2019, they sell approximately 200 rotating beers in bottle and can, alongside ciders, wines, spirits and softs for take-out or drink in. But as their co-owner Dave says, A Hoppy Place is about more than that: “We’re all about community. We love our hoppy regulars. We have become a bit of a hub, and most of our closest friends are friends we’ve met in beer”.
Dave and co-owner Naomi, a husband-and-wife team who have lived in Maidenhead for 10 years, now want to bring this community feel to their hometown.
A Hoppy Place loves to support local, and grow small independent businesses. Dave adds: “We’re so blessed to have so many fantastic local breweries across Berkshire and the surrounding counties, and none of them get nearly enough space on shelves and in taps – big beer has our towns locked down! Another pint of generic lager you say? No wonder people don’t go down the pub. We are working to change that.”
A Hoppy Place aims to not only get people together through their experiences with a drink in person though. A very large slice of their business is as a take-away craft beer retailer.
Via their website (https://ahoppyplace.co.uk) or in person, you can buy any of the huge range of drinks in stock. As Dave notes: “We’ve all been to that BBQ? Hate it when someone turns up with that crate of American light lager? Send them our way! You can aim for better! We aim to be your first and best choice for take-away (or delivery! Yes… we deliver locally free of charge) of fantastic drinks for any occasion”.
A Hoppy Place is just as keen to point out that everyone is welcome. Inclusivity in all forms is key to their business. Whatever your background or drinking habits, pop in! Love a lager? So do they! But if you’ve come in for a well-known brand, let them chat through a fantastic crafty alternative. You’ll realise just how much better beer tastes when it’s produced for love, and not just cost.
Co-owner Naomi also wants to remind everyone that their Windsor branch is going nowhere: “A Hoppy Place Windsor is our first home and our regular drinking hole. This is all about growing our Hoppy Family – and we’re very excited to share this journey with you all.”
A Hoppy Place is planning to open in Maidenhead for the Easter Weekend in early May, within the new Countryside development next to the town hall. Follow their social media on any platform for updates, or send them an email.
Press release from A Hoppy Place