First up, a huge thanks to everyone who has supported us in our first few weeks. It’s been fantastic to meet so many lovely people, from London’s beer literati to neighbours we never knew we had. Big cheers to you all.
Some news we’re excited about - on Friday 30th January, we’re welcoming our friend, the acclaimed Barcelona-based artist Yoshi Sislay, to the shop. Yoshi will be creating his newest work of art on our back wall - and you’re invited to watch it happen.
Born in Osaka, Yoshi moved to Barcelona in 2005 to focus fully on his art. Since that time, he’s created his illustrated dream worlds across Europe on everything from paper to walls, windows, skateboards, hotels, restaurants and even beer vats. His work has been commissioned by the likes of Muji, Ermenegildo Zegna and Mandarin Oriental.
I always associate Yoshi’s art with one of my favourite authors, Haruki Murakami’s words - both are whimsical, magical, fantastic (in all senses of the word)… Yoshi is self-taught and draws freehand, his illustrations going where his mind takes him. The fabric of his art is is formed by his life experiences, the places he’s been and the people he's met. He says, “I never went to art school so I don’t know how things are ‘supposed to be’. I like this feeling of being free to do whatever I want. And if you feel a small amount of motivation to do what you want from seeing my drawings, that’s even better.”
Come and watch Yoshi’s vision unfurl as he adorns our wall throughout the day on Friday 30 January (12pm-10pm) and enjoy a complimentary glass of Hitachino Nest (Japan) or Barcelona Beer Company beer. (This offer also extends through the weekend for people wanting to check out Yoshi’s finished work, which will remain permanently at the shop.)
Finally, if you’d like to stay up-to-date with what we’ve got coming up at the shop, events, tastings and great new stuff in store, why not sign up to our ‘brewsletter’? (Apologies in advance - there will probably be more terrible puns.) If you sign up before 31st January, you'll go in the draw to win a £100 voucher to redeem in store!*
See you soon,
* The prize is for a £100 voucher that must be redeemed in store at Hop Burns & Black. You must be aged 18 or over to be eligible for the competition.