The Essex and Suffolk region is short of decent Craft Beer venues, so it was great to discover the new Hopsters Bar at ‘Beach Street’, Felixstowe. Hopsters are well known to local Craft Beer lovers for their drink-in bottle shops in Ipswich and Chelmsford. However, this Hopsters venue is a new venture for them – an outside bar for beachgoers and local patrons.
‘Beach Street’ is situated in a revitalised area of Felixstowe, along the sea front. Previously a thriving Sunday market, a few remaining stalls now merge with independent boutiques, artisan producers, Street-food eateries and more. Inspired by the ‘boxpark’ trend, Beach Street is created from The Port of Felixstowe’s own upcycled shipping containers.
The Hopsters bar is on prime position and its wide front overlooks 16 large wooden tables with seating (under umbrellas), for 6-8 people each. It has 6 craft beer taps as well as two well stocked fridges. When I (Steve), visited last weekend, the bar had a tap-takeover from Polly’s Brew and 5 fabulous Polly’s beer were pouring.
Apparently, tap-takeovers are a regular thing here, but, when not in session, the beers are mainly made up from local breweries such as Burnt Mill and Duration.
Food isn’t available from Hopsters itself, but there are a range of street food outlets at Beach Street, and customers are encouraged to purchase what they fancy and and eat while drinking Craft Beer at the same time. When I visited, my choice was a mouth-watering pizza slice, together with a pint of Polly’s Pale Ale. Perfect combo.
Plastic glasses are the norm here, but if you’re really fussy you could possibly bring your own glass and take it home again afterwards to better your experience. I had a really chilled 90 minutes at Beach Street, and hope that local residents
realise how lucky they are to have it.
For those further afield who love Craft Beer it’s also worth a visit, because, with such close proximity to the beach, it has all the ingredients of a great day out.