After Hours: Aisles and aisles of beer
SETCHEY — Jews have Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Muslims have Mecca, Christians have Nazareth, and beer worshippers in England have the Beers of Europe warehouse.
OK, the beer warehouse shouldn’t even be compared to these holy sites. However, there are faithful beer drinkers out there who make pilgrimages to bars and shops so they can religiously search for their favorites or ones they’ve never tried.
If you’re one of them, check out the 14,000-square-foot beer emporium, about 25 miles north of RAF Lakenheath.
Calling itself Britain’s biggest beer shop, Beers of Europe has more than 1,500 different beers from 60 countries, many of which are European. The warehouse also sells numerous brands of malt whiskeys, unusual spirits and wines.
“We’re competitively priced, and we stock from all around the world,” said Derek Clark, managing director of the beer warehouse.
Clark said that his warehouse sells 500-milliliter bottles of beer, about one U.S. pint, for 1.50 pounds to 2.39 pounds each. Discounts are available to those who purchase cases. There are 5-liter bottles and kegs of beer in stock as well.
Smaller, 330-milliliter bottles (about 11 ounces) usually sell for less, including one of the warehouse’s best sellers — Desperados, a tequila-flavored beer from France.
Browsing through the warehouse’s long aisles could make some reminisce about vacations abroad, or overseas duty assignments. There are hundreds of selections of German beer, as well as a few lagers from South Korea and Turkey.
One of the most popular German beers is Schneider Aventinus, a wheat beer that tops out at 8 percent alcohol by volume, Clark said.
The most potent beer in stock is Austria’s 14 percent (ABV) Eggenberg Samichlaus, he added.
Although Europeans can downplay American beer at times, Clark said he thought a few U.S. microbreweries produce some of the best beer in the world. He has many American microbrews for sale, but he wants more.
“I would like to have more American selections, but we run into problems with shipping from the States,” he said.
To complement your choice of beer, the warehouse has branded glassware, including many pint glasses. And for the do-it-yourself types, the warehouse also sells homebrew equipment.
Maybe you don’t want to waste a trip to the warehouse to buy that one sacred beer of yours. You’re in luck, because the warehouse has a Web site where you can set up a delivery.
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Beers of Europe
Location: The warehouse is on Garage Lane in Setchey, about 25 miles north of RAF Lakenheath. Keep a lookout for a warehouse sign, while traveling along the A10 carriageway just south of King’s Lynn.
Phone: 01553 812000.
Hours: Mondays through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays and bank holidays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Web site: To search through the warehouse’s database and to schedule a delivery, go to www.beersofeurope.co.uk.