I used to go down Brown Street only to get to somewhere else – typically, the post office. However, the folk from Beermoth Bottle Shop in the Northern Quarter changed all that about a year ago when they signed a lease on a big modern space on the ground floor of an office block and opened Café Beermoth, an impressive establishment devoted to the promotion of good beer. I could not believe my luck when I saw it.
The word “café” might be a bit misleading, as there is no cooking in the kitchen but if you want something tasty to sustain your drinking session, there are boards of charcuterie, cheese etc to pick at. Coffee and loose-leaf (proper) tea are also on offer but it’s all about the beer as far as I’m concerned. The bartenders are experts on the stuff so, when I can’t decide what to drink, they ask me what style I fancy, listen attentively, make a few suggestions, and then line up samples for my approval. They always get it right.
Whether you like your beer bottled or draft, by the pint, half or even third, you may guzzle, slurp or sip, as you prefer. I usually stick to halves so that I can try more varieties before things go a bit blurry. Visits to the Post Office are less of a chore these days.