Andrew O’Shea, went from brewing hobbyist, to owning 2 bars in 2 years. 4 years on, and both bars are still going strong. Both The Chiverton Tap and the Mounting Stone have a consistent buzz around them, popular for the selection of beer, well stocked Gins, friendly bar staff and general atmosphere.
Andrew though spends his working hours at The Stone and now counts The Chiv as his local. Not only this, but he has been able to expand his hobby, set up a micro-brewery within the Mounting Stone and now sells his craft alongside more commercial offerings in both spots.
Andrew has come full circle in his career, having started out in hospitality, taking some time out for travel, some years teaching, he is now back in hospitality behind the bar or over a barrel at Bramhalls very own micro pub.
The Mounting Stone and Made of Stone Brewery, in his own words are traditional businesses using modern ideas. The pub is small, warm and cosy, has no music or television, but plenty of conversation and laughter throughout. On 2 levels plus a beer garden, The Stone is a bit of a Tardis. They also have 13 pumps on at all times, including up to 9 guest ales, some of which are brewed out the back as well as a host of other local brews. Andrew is clearly passionate about beer and brewing and you can tell this listening to him speak and when you pop in for a pint, he’ll happily help you find one that suits.
Sit back, feet up, crack open a cold one and enjoy this week’s The SKoop.
Andy McAnally is a lifelong resident of South Stockport and has set up The SKoop during spring 2020 as a way to draw on the awesome community spirit in the area. The SKoop is for residents and business owners in Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Hazel Grove, Marple and Stockport.
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