Hop City Beer & Wine—located in Birmingham’s Pepper Place— was recently named one of the best beer shops of 2023 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Keep reading to learn why this Birmingham beer staple is nationally ranked.
Wine Enthusiast loves Hop City
The list was published by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, a wine magazine that offers valuable information about wine, beer and spirits, across the U.S.
In fact, this isn’t the first time they’ve praised Hop City’s specialty beer selection. Last year, Bham Now reported that Hop City was ranked among the best beer shops in the U.S. by Wine Enthusiast.
Best of 2023, according to beer pros
A great beer shop isn’t just about having the most to choose from. The best beer shops, according to Wine Enthusiast, are those that pay attention to diverse selection, offer proper cooler space and keep an eye on freshness dates.
To rank beer shops across the U.S., they also consulted with the pros who know a thing or two about beer, including Luke Garner, director of contracting operations at TrimTab Brewing.
“Kraig Torres, their CEO, and Stacey Chappel, the general manager at the Birmingham location, have done an excellent job on curating a large selection of premium and hard to find beers. [They have also built] a culture of beer and wine nerds who really enjoy helping people discover new brands and producers.”Luke Garner, director of contracting operations at TrimTab Brewing, quoted in Wine Enthusiast
Garner also told Wine Enthusiast that he’s happy to recommend Hop City to people because they’ll receive “inviting, friendly, passionate and informative” service, something he says is “not always easy in our world where snobbery can run amok.”
About Hop City
Whether you know it or not, Hop City has been around for over a decade. Originating in Atlanta, the beer and wine shop opened its doors in 2009. They soon expanded to open a second location in Birmingham in 2012 and remain one of the Magic City’s top beer shops.
With thousands of varieties of craft and important beer & wines—as well as rotating beer choices on draft—Hop City has something for every beer & wine enthusiast.
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