Free next day local delivery to RG21-24 postcodes for all orders over £30 or just £3 delivery for orders under £30.
Free Click and Collect service on any order from the shop.
Free next day delivery to mainland UK on orders over £70, £5.95 delivery on orders £40-£70 & £8.95 delivery on orders under £40.
Challenge 25 in operation on all deliveries and collections.
Full T’s & C’s on our delivery page.
Please note there is no parking outside the shop, please see the how to find us page for details on how to visit us.”
How it started
Good Beer and Friends
Twisted Crow, like most good things in life came about from a love of good beer and a conversation with friends. Noting that the beer scene in the UK and indeed around the world is probably the best it’s ever been, with some small scale brewers taking back ownership of classic styles and reminding us that a Best Bitter or Classic Pilsner when made with passion, pride and a focus on quality over profits can truly be an exciting experience. A far cry from the mass produced, watered down offerings we have got used to bearing those names from. Or the Brewers taking innovation and experimentation to the next level with new and exciting styles and re-imagining classic styles in new ways to truly make them their own and make the current beer scene one that is so rich and varied.
ACCESS TO GREAT BEERS
Notwithstanding what has been mentioned above regarding the online space, we recognise that there are some other great bottle shops out there in the UK. With committed and knowledgeable owners who, like me, want to make sure you get access to all the great beers you can, so if you are desperate for a particular beer that for whatever reason we can’t get hold of, we may be able to point you in the direction of someone who can. We don’t want to lose your business, but we hope that by being honest with you and letting you try all the beers you want (even if you have to get them elsewhere), then you’ll consider shopping with us when we do have what you want. At the end of the day we firmly believe that great beer and your enjoyment of it is the most important thing and if that means that occasionally we recommend you spend a few pounds with someone else, we will! Along with that commitment to your enjoyment of beer and being honest with you, we try to price our beer as competitively as we can to offer you the best value. We won’t engage in a price war with our competitors as a race to the bottom helps no one, but if you see the same product at a better price elsewhere feel free to speak to us and we’ll see what we can do.
The main problem, at least locally, was one of access, there wasn’t anywhere on our doorstep that had a suitably large selection of styles and examples of great beer from independent breweries for us to choose from and keep trying new things. The online space has become dominated by a few big players and, while they stock a vast array of beers, they tend to push the subscription mixed box on a one size fits all philosophy. While this can sometimes introduce you to a new beer you may not have otherwise tried, it is often the case you end up with half a case of beers that just aren’t for you.
I have spent the last 20 years in the Hospitality trade, from fine dining hotels and gastro pubs to corporate catering. One thing all that experience has taught me is that it doesn’t matter if you are relying on the old classics or at the cutting edge of incorporating new and exciting flavours in experimental ways, passion and commitment to your craft will always produce the best product. Which is why I am committed to working with and stocking those breweries that show a passion and pride in what they do, and, to introducing you to some great beer for you to enjoy.
Mat Bedford Owner
Twisted Crow Beer & Bottle Shop