Large room with woody furniture. Lots of noise. Great selection of very old beer commercial plates on the wall. 20 tabs. We had some fine Italian beers. No bottle list. Ok prizes but the ambiance killed it. No WiFi.
Garrold (90) Sheffield, England | January 31, 2016| Updated September 17, 2016
Can I review a place without having had a drink in there? Well, I’m going to. Called here on a quiet afternoon. There were a handful of punters scattered around. The barman did his best to avoid acknowledging us and seemed happy to sit with his feet up staring at his phone. That’s fine, I perused the beer chalkboard. Well, tried to. I could barely read it. Seemed a lot of US beers. Prices looked OK. I checked some RB ratings and some were from here ages ago. Same beer (same kegs?) from last year? While doing this the missus came back from using the toilets, with a look of horror on her face! That’s when decided to leave. I don’t think the barman looked up from his phone, even then. A dump.
Edit: called here, just to see what was on tap, middle September 2016. Was greeted by a very friendly, beer enthusiast barman who totally made the walk in worth it. Good selection of beer, at decent prices. The bogs still stink, mind you, but I’d call again next time. (Original score 36).
The upstairs part of the Delirium Village and probably more young hipster than downstairs. Very, very busy and noisy, we managed to squeeze into a table in the corner, there seemed to be large groups of youngsters in evidence all having a great time and the conversation gratefully outdoing the music. The choice seems to be largely American, certainly on our visit. I must say I prefer downstairs, but we will do both on future visits.
How did I NOT rate Belgian places back in March 2013. I fully intended to miss Délirium as a whole, but 77ships insisted (I think) we meet at the Hoppy Loft and that was most definitely a win. A section / part of the Délirium building - topmost, as the name says - devoted to craft / micro beer. The atmosphere is far more relaxed than the crowded, loud, bustling regular Délirium, and as such better (now I scrolled down and notice that others are noting just that). And that’s great! The selection would cause a major seizure or at least palpitations in most beer bros. Great, rare stuff from Belgium, USA, and likely every relevant country for the scene... oh and something like Campus Premium because they had to. :D Anyway, pricey, as expected, but you’ll find stuff you’ll struggle to find elsewhere. The service was great from a guy (I forget from where, Scotland?), who mentioned that he’s quitting or something soon enough - a cool guy who really knew what he was doing and plenty enough about beer itself. Too often do we see people who don’t know jack about what they are selling in otherwise top beer places, and this definitely wasn’t the case. So a shout out to him, Ben from NZ and the guys from Iceland - there were few enough people there that we naturally got together as a bunch and started tasting / sharing / talking beer... A brilliant experience! Millevertus La Mère Vertus was in great shape, a superb, SUPERB tripel, De Prael Herfstbok, Omnipollo Leon on tap, Rogue Double Chocolate Stout on tap, Hornbeer Grisk, Gypsy Tears (Red Wine Barrel) for my 3500, Anchor Humming Ale, Sainte Hélène Simcoe Lager, Thornbridge Versa, Struise Motuecha, the old Green Flash West Coast IPA, De Dolle Extra Export Stout, Anderson Valley Vinter Solstice, Left Hand Milk Stout, Forestinne Mysteria, oh and some Ölvisholt Skjálfti that the Icelanders brought for the bartender who generously shared it with us.... and one I conveniently wrote the name of indecypherably for. Damn. Brilliant enough for me to miss the last public transport for the day and have to walk 4.5ish km to where I was in Ixelles through a completely frozen, snowy Bruxelles. Yes, I was a complete moron that night, a serial ticker / kid in a candy store. And it’s a fond, fond memory.