The Pip Stop


4 Reasons to fall in love with Pinot Noir!

It’s international Pinot Noir day tomorrow and we reckon it’s about time someone was shouting about just how good it is. With that in mind, here are our reasons why it should be in your glass right now! It doesn’t have to be red Now I know what you’re thinking. It’s a black grape, it makes a red wine. Not only does it make a red wine it’s one of the most well known red grapes in the world, sort it out Pip Stop! Oh ye of little faith! Pinot... Read More


A history of beer: 5 steps of brewing evolution

We love a beer. Actually that’s not true, we love several beers (while still being drinkaware of course). As today is International Beer Day we thought we’d take a look at what we like to think of as the 5 ages of beer. In the beginning…. So far as we can tell brewing originated back in Lower Mesopotamia in the 5th millenia BCE. The soil here was great for wild grains which the settlers gathered for food, and then beer. The beer element seems to have came along by accident, as... Read More

Monday Beer 23/07/2018

Our Top 3 “Monday Beers”

Last week we read a delightful little article by The Takeout. It explained the concept of the Monday Beer and we think it’s potentially the most important drink of the week. What the hell’s a “Monday Beer”? The article explains the Monday night beer as the cold one you reward yourself with for getting through another Monday. It’s light, refreshing and won’t give you a pounding headache come Tuesday morning. We liked the idea, but then we had a little disagreement in the office about just what is the best... Read More


5 Points on the Beavertown Buyout

For those of you who’ve been on holiday, or living under a rock we have an unfortunate announcement. It pains us to say that Beavertown have sold a reported 49% stake to Heineken for £40million. In this week’s blog we’re going to have a look over what’s happened and what it means for the titanic brand. So what’s the craic? The minority stake was sold in exchange for investment in Beavertown’s dream facility ‘Beaverworld’. This new attraction would allow production of 450,000 hectolitres and create 150 jobs. Have they sold... Read More


Our Take on the Trends: Gin-nastics

The world of gin has exploded in the past 3 years and we wanted to find out why. In this edition of our blog we had resident booze geek Dave look behind the trend. Why is Gin so popular? The main cause behind the boom is simply down to quality. Small batch distillers are producing amazing gins consistently. This is why we’re seeing so many more brands on the shelves. With more small batch and artisan distillers out there, customers have more choice. The second reason is the rise of... Read More


Is Crowdfunding the Future of the Brewing Industry

In this week’s blog we ask the question, is crowdfunding the future of the brewing industry? We’ve seen Equity for Punks take Brewdog from two men and a dog in Aberdeen, to now opening their latest facility in Brisbane. Now Northern Monk are on the uptake. They plan to boost their turnover by 300% over the next three years. They call this the Northern Rising. What’s their plan? Northern Monk plan to raise over half a million pounds in investment. This will fund: A new canning line Enough new fermenting vessels to... Read More


Hurray! It’s World Wine Day!

In this week’s blog we’re celebrating world wine day. We are, first and foremost, a wine store. We pride ourselves on our range and expertise across the world of alcohol but wine is where this adventure began. This week we’re going to see what makes our staff tick when it comes to wine, and find out their favourites. Ben Cleary – Cloudy Bay Te Koko My favourite is based on pure wow factor. It blew my mind when I tried it. I’d never seen people oaking a Sauvignon Blanc. I... Read More


Meet the Team – Conor Derrick, Trainee Assistant Manager

Now it’s time to meet the newest member of our team. Friendly and a fast learner, it’s our Trainee Assistant Manager Conor Derrick. How would you sum up your background in a tweet? I graduated from Northumbria University and worked as a PE teacher prior to travelling around America and Canada where I got to tour the some ‘big name’ breweries and distilleries. I started working for The Pip Stop’s pop up shop in the Metro Centre last October before moving to the Maiden Law branch in the New Year.... Read More


Three Cheers For Malbec! It’s World Malbec Day

In this week’s blog we’re celebrating World Malbec Day. As part of our month of offers and tastings for World Malbec Month we talk to our GM Ben Cleary about why Malbec is so popular. Why do you think Malbec is so popular? I think it’s down to two things really. Firstly, prices on Malbec were excellent and you were getting a great quality wine at a strong price. Unfortunately, this is changing this year with bulk prices almost doubling so it’s likely we will see a rise in something... Read More


Meet the Team – David Smith, Assistant Manager

It’s time to meet another member of our team. This week it’s our Assistant Manager, and fountain of obscure knowledge, David Smith. How would you sum up your background in a tweet? I’m a Teesside University Journalism graduate from Peterlee with a work background in e-commerce websites and content creation. I’ve also done my fair share of home brewing and French winery tours on family holidays and in between trips to foreign heavy metal festivals. What’s the best drink advice you’ve ever received? Adding a drop of water to whisky.... Read More