StarmoreBoss (above) is a new boutique and bespoke off-license retailing specialist quality wine, craft beer and intriguing spirits.
Situated at 257 Sharrow Vale Road in Sheffield, it is a welcome addition to the community of shops situated around the Porter Brook that also include a fishmonger, grocery, bakery, delicatessen, butchers and other small independent cafes and craft shops.
Owners Barry Starmore and Jefferson Boss are well known public figures within Sheffield and the wider drinks community.
Barry has over 25 years of wine experience. Having started out as a Sommelier at the Savoy Group, he’s well known for running the Oddbins shops in Sheffield for the last 18 years and also for his involvement with the Wig and Pen. Barry has run hugely popular wine and whisky tasting evenings at venues across Sheffield. He’s also been invited first hand to many wineries across the world and learnt how to make whisky at Bowmore Distillery on Islay, Scotland.
Jefferson has worked behind a counter for over 15 years. Some will recognise him from 10 years service at Record Collector in Broomhill. Or from Oddbins on Abbeydale Rd, where he met Barry and started his passion for drinks. Jefferson has also run bars and pubs, most notably the Shakespeare on Gibraltar St, where he started its transformation to an award winning real ale pub and attracted musical acts from around the world. Currently he has been part of the management team at the Blake Hotel in Upperthorpe and is responsible for one of South Yorkshire’s best whisky selection.
Focussing on the growing concern of food provenance the shop will sell stock that has been sourced and selected by the owners for their quality, heritage and provenance.
“Our wines have been selected from outstanding producers and small growers with a passion to deliver that special glass. We will be running ‘Meet the Winemaker’ events with your chance taste and chat directly with those who make the wine.
We shall be supplying specialist whisky and showcasing independent bottlers, small batch and artisan gins, some of the best vodkas and rums from around the world as well as small run tequilas unique to individual villages in Mexico.
We will also be selecting small parcels of whisky that we shall bottle under our label exclusively for the shop.
Our beers will encompass a rotating range of local brewers as well as international beers from Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia and some top picks from the craft brewing movement that has swept across America.
We believe in all of the products that we sell and each one has its own unique story that we are proud and passionate to share with the public.
The shop will also host small tasting events and master-classes. We will guide a small group through various beverages explaining how they are made, their history and what qualities to look out for. We shall also have guest speakers from the drinks industry, producers and ambassadors come give talks.”
Beer Central (front cover) opened in the new Moor Indoor Market as planned and in the run up to Christmas proved popular with almost constant queues for bottled beers and mini casks of beer.
Another new bottle beer shop to open before Christmas was Hop Hideout, a speciality beer shop housed within a vintage emporium (Vintedge) offering 150+ independent brewed beers from UK, European and American breweries. You’ll find local ales from Kelham Island, Bradfield and Thornbridge housed next to Beavertown, The Kernel, Brooklyn, Sierra, Nogne, Nomada, De Molen and more all jostling for space on the shelves.
Upcoming events, tickets available in shop. Venue is Electric Candlelight Cafe (next door to Hop Hideout) 7-9pm (doors 6.30pm): Sat 25th Jan: Meet the Brewer with Northern Monk Brew Co £10; Fri 28th Feb Leigh Linley presents Better Beer Blogging £5; Fri 21st March Meet the Brewer with Steel City & Hopcraft £10