"Drinking is my business, and business is good"

An Introduction
In 2010, Simon ran the Puzzle Hall Inn in Sowerby Bridge and had a glorious 5 years of music festivals & real ale. When his contract with the Puzzle’s owners (a notorious pub company) began to draw to a close he chose to set up on his own. This time without the frustrations of the past, and the Victorian Craft Beer CafĂ© exploded onto the scene. He refuses to stock any of the typical UK brands.

He’s so far resisting the temptation to open another bar. Just. UPDATE: oops, bought one.

Favourite beer style?
All of them.

Favourite beers?
Magic Rock Precognition, Duchess de Bourgogne, Abbeydale Absolution, Tripel Karmeliet, Vocation’s Divide & Conquer. Anything with Sorachi Ace hops.

Most amazing thing about owning a bar?
I’m amazed that some people only drink one style of beer. How dull must life be?

What’s this bar doing in Halifax?
I often get asked this. Not everything has to happen in Leeds or Manchester. Halifax has some great buildings, so it makes sense to stick a bar in one. If a bar in Leeds has 20 beers on tap, I want 22.

The name Victorian Craft Beer is a bit of a mouthful, isn’t it?
Yes, it is! I wanted a name that sounded so different to everything else. We refer to it as VCBC.