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Lost in the industry

The BarPosted by Dan Wed, May 10, 2017 19:03:08

So, we took time out on Monday to spend a day brewing with the Lost Industry guys for our upcoming tap takeover.

The Lost Industry team were happy enough to let us play with their expensive piece of kit as well as agreeing to our first ever collaboration brew.

The tap takeover is on 27th May, so make sure you come down to get your hands on the first ever release of 'Black ForHEIST Gateau, a chocolate and cherry stout!


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Just what Clowne needs!

The BarPosted by Dan Tue, May 09, 2017 16:09:00

Do you know how many times we have heard this?

Far too many to be worried about the negative comments we have heard going round, some of which have been overheard in other local businesses and fed back to us. We like to think we are supporting other businesses by bringing people to Clowne from the surrounding areas and we will continue to do so, so it would be great if the same support could be provided irrelevant of your own custom to our business. This village needs a revival and needs something new to help it thrive again as everyone reminds us it once did, and we will do everything to keep it fresh and keep bringing new ideas and new events to the area.

We also heard there is a local sweepstake about our longevity with someone even saying 2 weeks, well whoever that was I'm sorry you lost your money, but it was a stupid estimate anyway, now whoever has 2 years you're a lot closer. If anyone knows who is running this sweepstake can they get them to contact us as we have 5 digits GP for the month to put on longer than 2 years.

We are starting to see an Increase in customers and are still hearing the familiar, ‘I didn't know you were here!’, ‘such and such has told me about you!’, ‘I was just passing and saw you!’ and many of these are coming back again and again which is great to see meaning we are only getting stronger in the market and in the area.

With regular customers from Staveley, Renishaw, Bolsover, Killamarsh, Beighton, Eckington and Chesterfield plus other surrounding areas we are so pleased to see these repeated customers (some more than others, you know who you are) looking for an alternative to what is currently being provided and what they express can only be found otherwise in a city centre, which is the key to our longevity. After all we have only been open 4 weeks and people are passing such comments, meaning there are many more people out there to find out about us and pay us a visit so please carry on letting your friends and family know as you are doing, that is if you want to keep us hanging around.

We have planned something for you and for Clowne each month and are bringing people from global names and brands to the village, who else can say they are doing this? Well……maybe Tesco but that doesn't count, who by the way can stick their marketing and promotional campaigns to prise local businesses out of the market, up their arse! 6 weeks ago, Tesco only had a couple of lines of Craft on their alcohol isle(which is at the back of the store) which was Brewdog’s Punk IPA and a variation of Adnans, which is a dubious craft anyway.. We paid a visit to ask if we could set up a stall promoting our business and talked them through our concept, 2 weeks later the craft section has grown by 10 more lines and pulled to the front of the building……..Fuck You Tesco, come up with your own ideas for growth, and think about how you can benefit from our presence instead of trying to put us out of business before we've opened. We’re here to educate people on the product not just sell it to them……..wankers!!

Anyway, where was I….? Oh yes, our events, for those that haven't yet seen, we have the following events planned throughout the year, which if planned well enough you could attend all of them, we know you want to:

Saturday 27th May (12noon – 10pm) – Lost Industry Tap Takeover and meet the Brewer with food provided by King Brisket Time, and our special collaboration chocolate & cherry stout, Black ForHEIST Gateau available on draft.

Thursday 1st June (6pm – 8pm) – Brew Dogs Beer School Tasting event which is ticket only. Free drink on arrival and 5 tasters. One of Brewdogs Punks talks you through the ins and outs of beer, how it's brewed, why it's brewed, how to taste and drink etc and then everyone is provided with a certificate to say they have graduated from beer school. Call us or call in to book your tickets, very few left.

Saturday 17th June (12noon – 10pm) – Neon Raptor Tap takeover and meet the brewer with food provided by Clucking Oinks, and our special collaboration Double IPA, TyrannosaurHeist Rekt will be available on draft

Saturday 29th July (12noon – 10pm) – Emmanuales Tap takeover and meet the brewer. Meet the man who has been brewing in biblical proportions since 2014 AD with food provided by The Secret Burger Company, and our collaboration Passion Fruit IPA, Passion of the Heist, will be available on draft

Sunday 27th August (12noon – 10pm), Bank Holiday Sunday – Brewdog Takeover……. Tap takeover, punk lessons on beer, Live Music, hay bale hoe down beer garden and food provided by The Gravy Train. This will be the place to be this bank holiday!

Saturday 28th October (12noon – 10pm) – Abbeydale Brewery Tap Takeover, the people that brought you moonshine come to Clowne. food vendor and collaboration beer TBC

Saturday 25th November (12noon – 10pm) – Thornbridge Tap takeover and meet the brewer, food provided by sunshine Pizza

Saturday 2nd December (12noon – 10pm) – Heist's Craftmas Market, multiple food vendors outside, multiple gift vendors and brewery merch stands indoors, plus alternative carol singers and other activities to get you in the festive mood plus attendance from a celebrity guest….

Friday 15th December (7pm – 10pm) – Craftmas Dinner at Heist, tickets only. 6 course liquid lunch with beers revolving around a traditional Christmas lunch, 2 food courses provided with main and dessert, a gift from Santa and 10% off all purchases. Call us or call in to book your tickets.

If this isn't enough we are also bringing you a portable bar business to book for events and occasions and will also have our own microbrewery up and running this year, as well as focusing on trying to open a second location elsewhere so you can brag how you helped the Heist Brand take off…….

Here's to Heist and our customers, live long and prosper….

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Opening a can of worms

The BarPosted by Adam Wed, April 26, 2017 14:06:29

We've been open 3 weeks and what a cracking 3 weeks it has been for me and Dan. We need to thank all our friends, family and you beautiful people of Clowne, and the surrounding areas for making it a successful launch and supporting our gigantic bollocks move to leave our corporate jobs and follow our dreams. This launch would not have been possible had it not been for the friends and family who supported the renovation so big shout out to:

Gazza - Father, No1 butcher, piano clean and jerk champion, and all round talented painter in the dark
Sue - Mother, sustenance provider and tea lady
Lindsay - Father in law, Pythagoras and measurement extraordinaire and tool hire
Matt - Brother in law, multi talented tradesman, furniture maker whose party trick is putting 9" nails through his foot
Elliot (AKA Rumpel Stiltskin) - Nephew, proper grafter in winkle pickers
Pat - Demolition expert fashionista
Nicole - Spending time in the toilet (painting)
Mark, Gary, Jake - Part time concrete layers, not by choice, paid in bacon and beer Elphius Flux - magically talented furniture and upcycling experts
Dean and Daz - Homebar cellar install, THE most important install
CKP Electrical - Emergency lighting and external visuals
Marc - Egg on legs graphics and visuals
Matt Cockayne - Goo Design, artist
Tony and Karen Child - agreed to give us this opportunity and hotline for problems with renovation

And finally the most important people who without them me and Dan would easily be eligible batchelors......sorry I mean alcoholics, thinking about buying a cat, living off pot noodles in the flat above......Sarah and Kaz (loving partners......we think!)

Blood, sweat and tears have gone into this and it is our intention to give it our all in making Clowne the bustling place it once was and bringing people back to the village, giving people a reason to visit from surrounding areas, and locals a reason to leave their homes in the evenings and the weekends.

With mainly positive feedback we have had a few gripes about our prices and opening hours, so firstly, prices........compared to what? Compared to the commonly available, Carling, Fosters, Stella, Blossom Hill and Strongbow our products are overpriced, but that is the only local competition we are being compared against, so yes we are expensive, but our products are not mass produced and are sourced from mainly independent UK brewers who charge more for the time and effort in making, as well as kegging, distributing and let's not forget the provision of a quality product. you get what you pay for and considering the complaints about the prices, funnily enough no one has complained about the quality of the product.....coincidence? I think not.

Secondly, opening hours.......Me and Dan are currently Consuela the cleaner, Barry the Barman, glass collector and pot wash as well as Entrepeneurs running our craft business from the bar 7 days a week, 12 hours a day so give us a break for f*ck sake........No seriously, our early evening close was with the consideration of our neighbours as well as the fact that with later opening comes trouble, which is something neither us nor our neighbours probably want. Our products are stronger than your run of the mill cooking beer, which given longer to consume more means an early bedtime for most people anyway. However with that being said we have had some great people through the door providing a great atmosphere, and after speaking with a number of our neighbours to confirm our volume levels on an evening we have decided to extend our hours and open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays for your craft drinking pleasure.......you're welcome!

Finally, we have some fantastic and quite frankly unbelievable Tap Takeovers and collaborations with local and UK breweries lined up, so get yourself along, and if you haven't already been to visit us, then why the hell not, we are easily the best place in Clowne.

Visit us at www.heistcraft.com

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