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About Us

About Us

About

Hops & Barley is a family run business, previously operating under Beerscellars and Halls Drinks. We pride ourselves on providing a well varied drinks portfolio of beers, wines and spirits from around the world, including internationally known brands and independent breweries and distilleries.

With depots in Liverpool (serving Merseyside & West Lancs), Holywell (serving Wales) and Crewe (serving Cheshire & Manchester), we work 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, and even offer a same day delivery service. We offer a personal service, striving to help our customers as much as we possibly can. Whether it’s help setting up a new bar or training staff, there’s so much we have to offer! Our dedicated Sales Reps and Telesales Team can provide you with information on the latest products and help you decide which products to stock, you need not worry about anything!

 

History

 

Hops & Barley is the new name for a company with a long history in the wholesale drinks business. Founded in 1989 by John Ravenscroft in Liverpool as Beerscellars UK, the business continues to be run by the Ravenscroft family, with all members having an active role, along with long serving members of staff at all depots. 

The company is a key partner with all of the major drinks brands, as well as many niche producers both local and from around the world.  Originally simply a beer wholesaler, Hops and Barley now stock a growing list of 4000+ products, priding ourselves on the range we offer, and if Hops & Barley don’t have it…we do our best to get it!

Operating out of three depots, Liverpool – (serving Merseyside and West Lancashire), Crewe (serving Cheshire, Manchester and North Midlands) and Holywell (serving North Wales), we supply some of the most prestigious hospitality venues in the North West and North Wales and our continued success is based around 3 core tenets; great service, a fantastic portfolio and providing sound professional advice.

In addition to the wholesale business the company has its own retail sites and brand distribution deals.  This, and our range gives, us a unique understanding of what the modern pub, restaurant, hotel, bar, or club operator requires.

 

Key Dates:

1989: John Ravenscroft, with a background in managing pubs, saw an opportunity and forms Beerscellars UK.  

2003: John buys his first retail site and becomes a partner to Brewers.

2005: Beercellars UK move to new purpose built depot in Anfield, Liverpool.

2010: Popularity of Liverpool City Centre as a destination, and opening of family owned outlets in the City Centre lead to the start of the spirits revolution.

2011: Purchase of Halls Drinks from Heineken UK.  Halls was a wholesaler with a long history in North Wales and Cheshire, but needed some TLC, and a turnaround plan was successfully implemented. Many of the long standing Halls employees are still key figures in the group business.

2013: Halls move to the depot still at its traditional Holywell home.  Halls joined the Landmark Cash & Carry group, a recognition of the companies growing trade stature. 

2017: Company rebranding starts, changing to Hops & Barley Group.  Liverpool depot is extended to meet growing business demands.  A new website, social media and marketing activity launched through Verb Marketing.

 

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