Where does the time go? Just two short years ago I was putting the final touches on the shop’s interior and putting in the first orders for the beers that would launch this little adventure on 16 October 2015. Fast-forward two years and the shop has moved, most beers are in refrigerators and I’m getting emails from people asking me for advice in starting their own bottle shops!
So, as I’ve done in the past with the grand(ish) opening celebration and the one-year anniversary, it’s time to celebrate and give something back to the community – and you’re invited!
On the evening of the 21st of October, we’ll be taking over the arcade and serving up draft beer for the first time ever from 6-10pm! I’ll have at least two kegs to get through and we’re being joined by our friends from New Lion Brewery in Totnes who are going to be pouring their collaboration brew they did with DEYA – Ecstasy of Gold. Once I’ve got the kegs I’m pouring in the shop, I’ll post what they are, but until then I’m not counting my chickens before they’ve been delivered…or something like that.
Tickets for the event are £5 and you are asked to purchase them in advance. (Please call or email if you can’t make it in beforehand!) This will help avoid licensing issues and ensure that I’ve got enough beer! PLUS that £5 entry includes a £2 donation to the Exeter Food Bank AND £3 off your first beer! The shop will be open as well, so if you fancy something from the fridges, all of those beers will be available at the normal takeout prices. It’s the perfect time to pitch in on one of those big, special 750ml bottles you’ve been eyeing!
I’ll be bringing back some of the carnival style games we had way back at the grand opening event, too! And the proceeds from those will go straight to the Food Bank, as well.
But what about food? Good question. There will be some beer-friendly snacks (Karkli!!) for sale and some birthday cake from The Exploding Bakery, but if you’re looking for a more substantial meal, check out The Flat just up Fore Street. They make some amazing pizzas and they’re all available to take away, so you can bring it back to the arcade to enjoy with a beer if you don’t fancy booking a table up there. There’s also Spice Magic that sits on the other side of the wall and makes some of the best takeaway curry in the city. And of course, you can always have something delivered by one of those rogues in turquoise who like to flaunt traffic laws on their bikes.
I can’t thank each and every one of you enough for helping the shop get this far. Whether you are a weekly visitor or a one-time shopper, your patronage is always appreciated! Here’s to the next two years!