Quirky beer and burgers are ideal match at former brewery given new life
A new Sheffield brewing company has joined up with a well-known city food brand for a winning combination – burgers and beer.
Triple Point Brewery is a first venture for George Brook and dad Mike, from Leeds. Engineer Mike decided he wanted to have a go and they found the former Sentinel Brewhouse in Shoreham Street.
George said: “The brewery kit is a beautiful, beautiful kit. It’s got all the fancy gear in it so we should be able to brew some very, very good beers.
“It was all bit sad when we first went in as the bar had gone into liquidation. There was no power, no nothing, but we were just enamoured by the brewery.”
They realised there was potential to get the bar running too.
"We got in Twisted Burger, which has been massive, and they have been great,” said George.
George, who has just graduated from university, said: “We’ve had a lot of help from our brewer, who has been great. Everything we’ve done has been born from no experience. It’s going quite well so that’s very nice.”
George joked that his dad was drinking Timothy Taylor’s exclusively until about seven or eight months ago” but George has worked at his aunt and uncle’s brewery in Market Drayton and behind the bar in craft beer pubs.
They have worked with brewers Alex Barrow and Lewis Burgin to create four core beers available on tap at the bar – Helles session lager, Czech-style Pilsener, SIPA session IPA and Gold, a light golden ale.
On top of that there are special beers and collaborations with other breweries.
Some are pretty experimental, including Just Peachy, a milkshake IPA.
They brewed a stout for a Turkish brewery, a blackberry dark beer with Danish firm Kissmeyer and Tryptych is a collaboration with Canadian micro-brewery Le Trou du Diable.
Tryptych #1 is an oak pilsener and the second, brewed with maple syrup, was launched this week.
The enthusiasm extends to the bar staff and we were in good hands on Sunday with knowledgable bar supervisors Simone Mahdi and Emily Fitzgerald.
I had a pint of citrussy SIPA and Linda tried the Helles, which is also branded as Kop for thirsty Blades fans. Simone said they were five deep at the bar on Saturday.
Other customers include students from flats nearby but it's a mixed clientele, said Emily.
Head chef Harry Green heads the Twisted Burger team at the bar and at the The Wick at Both Ends on West Street.
The menu features a list of burgers with pun-laden names. It’s an ideal match with Triple Point as Harry loves dreaming up quirky ideas.
Inspired by Super Noodles, he put noodles in teriyaki sauce on one burger, which was a big hit.
There are lots of non-meat options and they are about to launch a vegan-only menu as well.
I ordered the Pig Daddy Kane. It came wrapped in paper with a funky black and white street art print on.
My double beef patties in a brioche bun were topped with a great combination of smoky pulled pork, slightly sweet barbecue sauce and melting American cheese.
Linda wanted a smaller burger, so went for the Mixtape and fries deal, upgrading to sweet potato fries.
The Mixtape lets the diner build a burger from options.
Hers was topped with cheese and sweet barbecue sauce in a sourdough bun with toasted seeds on top and the fries were just right, crunchy outside and moist and sweet inside.
We also tried the glorious jalapeno business fries that you could easily share as a bar snack or with sides for a great meal.
The crunchy fries were topped with cheese, guacamole, sour cream, relish and chopped jalapenos.
Our bill came to a bargain £27.