This Small Didsbury Shop Is Absolutely Stomping It In Terms Of Craft Beer
A first-class selection
A far cry from your average corner shop’s staple lagers
The Epicurean: a little independent shop on Burton road where dedicated and knowledgeable staff provide a first-class British and international selection.
If you’re after something different, why not try local and international beers and ales of real quality from The Epicurean. Extremely popular among beer-geeks, this independent beer shop really takes its beverages seriously, defining itself as a place devoted to sensual enjoyment, especially that derived from fine ales.
Just a couple of minutes’ walk from Burton Road Metrolink and in amongst the trendy restaurants and bars of West Didsbury in south Manchester, it’s well worth a visit.
Walking in, you are immediately surrounded by an eclectic mix of bottled and canned beers and ales shelved and stacked high around the edges and immediately get the sense you’re in good hands. The front of the shop is dedicated to world beers where Germany, Belgium and the US feature prominently, but you can also sample the best the rest of the world – from Japan to Scandinavia – has to offer. Move round the counter, which sits under a variety of bottled spirits, to the back you will find “The Best of British!” section. These shelves, adorned with some patriotic Union Jack bunting, comprise 50% of the Epicurean’s sales – with half of those beers sourced from local Greater Manchester breweries.
Some customers spent hours browsing and talking all things beer
Recommended to me from the best of British was a DIPA (double IPA) – a sharp, hoppy and delicious 9% pale ale from Cloudwater – a local brewery based in Piccadilly whose products feature heavily in the Epicurean and are very popular. Part of the attraction that lures these enthusiasts in is the regular re-stocking with the breweries’ very latest produce.
This close working relationship with independent breweries – particular those of Manchester – is what helps make the place a hit among locals, who like to support independent enterprises and a shop at the heart of their community. You can join them by coming to their “meet the brewer” events every few months across the road at Volta bar where representatives from local breweries offer a glimpse into the expertise that creates these fine products.
As well as these local connections, world craft beers help to give the place an international feel and that brewing excellence is appreciated and celebrated regardless of origin. Bottles typically cost between two and four quid and cans slightly less, and or the vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free-ers out there, fear not, the Epicurean has got your back!
Once you crack open a bottle from The Epicurean you won't be disappointed
They’ve got a website and are even on Deliveroo but you should really get yourself down to Burton Road for the full experience and complete selection (the shop is open 11am-9pm Monday to Saturday and 11am-7pm Sunday). The relaxed atmosphere allows you to take your time and browse alone or if you want to find out more about the details of craft beer and ale, the friendly staff are more than happy to help.
If you think you like the sound of a place where craft beers, ales and ciders have been carefully curated by passionate experts, then definitely pay this place a visit.