Businesses drink to beer and tapas partnership

Published: Wednesday 2nd March 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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A restaurant which has gained recognition as one of the finest in the region since opening less than a year ago has added to its local produce by sealing a partnership with a multi award-winning brewery.

1884 Wine & Tapas Bar will even change its name for one night only by unveiling 1884 Ale & Tapas to launch the collaboration with Atom Beers.

The deal will see the restaurant add Atom’s brews to its drinks ranges and head chef Dan Poole has also introduced the beers to some of his recipes, starting by replacing the Spanish lager in the batter for his prawns.

The partners will present a beer and food night at the restaurant at Wellington Street West, next to Hull Marina, on Friday March 11.

Deborah Spicer, manager of 1884 Wine & Tapas, said: “The whole idea of opening 1884 Wine & Tapas was to bring something different to the area with traditional British ingredients being given the tapas treatment.

“We’ve done that with the food by creating some fantastic dishes with such local produce as rabbit, pheasant and pigeon but most of the drinks range has been international – until now.

“When we heard about Atom Beers we were very interested so we set up a meeting – and a tasting – and changed the meu straight away. We’re now stocking a selection of Atom’s products and Dan is using some of them in his recipes.

“The 1884 Beer & Tapas night is already generating a lot of interest and we’re expecting a full house so we might have to organise another one. Longer term we’re also talking to Atom about them creating a special beer just for us, but first we need to see what goes down well with our diners.”

1884 Wine & Tapas opened in May 2015 following the refurbishment of The Wilson and is a sister restaurant to the award-winning 1884 Dock Street Kitchen on the opposite side of the marina. Despite only having been opened for less than a year, the restaurant has become the only one in Hull to be shortlisted in the restaurant category of the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (REYTAs).

Dan said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the reaction from diners and by being shortlisted for the REYTAs. We plan to keep working hard and keep improving and the partnership with Atom Beers will help both businesses.”

Atom Brewing Co, founded in January 2014 by Allan Rice and Sarah Thackray, is one of the UK’s most exciting breweries. In 24 months, Atom has created 32 different beers which are shipped nationally and internationally.

The company’s haul of awards includes the Mail’s start-up business of the year and it has also claimed prizes in a number of nationwide beer competitions. Most recently, Atom received the best beer and best brewery award for East Yorkshire from the internationally recognised Ratebeer awards.

Co-founder of Atom, Allan Rice, said: “Atom Brewing Co isn’t just about brewing great beer – it is also evangelical about science and educating people about science through beer making.

“Allied to this passion is a drive to promote all that is good about East Yorkshire by doing collaborations with other local forward thinking businesses. Previously there have been collaborations with The Blending Rooms roaster, Hull Pie, Chilli Devil and Kerb Edge.

“Now there is the opportunity to explore the world of tapas and beer, in a truly exciting way. It is always exciting to work with other local businesses, especially with chefs who are as passionate with their food as we are about our beer.

“On the beer and tapas evening people will get to try five different beers, which we hope will challenge their perceptions and make them seek out flavour forward beers in the future. Myself, our head brewer Jack and 1884 Wine & Tapas head chef Dan will be talking everyone through the beers and the food, exploring, discussing and showing what can be achieved.”

Published: Wednesday 2nd March 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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