The Pip Stop


4 Hidden Gems of Italian Wine

Italian wine is often boiled down to Prosecco, Chianti, Pinot Grigio, Asti and Moscato. This is not something we can let lie! Oh no, in this week’s blog we’re getting Dave to delve behind the scenes of Italian wine making and come out with some amazing techniques and styles. Look for the natives Italy is full of native wine varieties so you don’t need to jump on the Chardonnays and the Sauvignons. This is especially true for white wine. Although you CAN get Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and a... Read More

Packaging Craft Beer: Is Bottling Best, or are Cans the Future?

When the craft beer scene first crept onto the UK bar scene, drinkers had once choice: to enjoy on draft or to pick something else. Slowly but surely, pub fridges and supermarket shelves became stacked with craft varieties, and now you can find bottles emblazoned with bright labels and quirky branding everywhere. You may have noticed recent changes in the tide though, as those ubiquitous brown bottles are slowly being replaced by a sleek, silver alternative. Once the territory of bland lagers from big beer brands, it seems that many... Read More


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