About Us


 We’re Mike and Emily - founders, owners and operators! From working in breweries to running some of Bristol’s busiest craft beer bars, we have years of experience in the industry and a genuine love for quality products which are produced by small independent companies.

 As the world turned itself upside down in 2020, we took the time to step back and take stock. We recognised that despite the forced closure of pubs and bars, people still wanted to access great beers and carefully selected products. There was a clear need for a business which merged the atmosphere of a craft beer bar with an epic selection of drinks from the best breweries and independent producers from around the globe.

Somewhere which provided the option to have your order delivered straight to your door anywhere in the UK, click and collect from the shop in Bristol and when the time allowed, to sit in and drink beers straight from the fridge or fresh from the taps. And with that, the idea for Alpha Bottle Shop and Tap was born!

It’s been a very long journey. From securing the perfect venue amidst a worldwide pandemic, to completing a full shop fit out (we’ve shed a few tears and had more than our fair share of ‘stress beers’) - we are so excited to finally be opening our doors and welcoming you in!

[Yep that's us taking delivery for a Beavertown Tap Takeover in 2016 (before they sold out of course - they even had cask beer!!) As for those pouts… we have no excuses 😘 ]


 The Shop 

Our mission is simple, to provide a one stop shop for the highest quality, most exciting range of craft beers on offer both from the UK and further afield. We are fiercely independent and proud to be one of the few retailers in the country offering 100% refrigerated storage.
As well as the great selection of craft beers on offer, we have a specially curated list of amazing ciders, local spirits, natural wines & delicious snacks to accompany them. If alcohol is not your thing, we also have plenty of low and no alcohol beers, soft drinks and delicious kombucha offerings.
We ship across the UK and offer click and collect for those Bristol locals.


  The Name  

What’s in a name?

    1.   Alpha - meaning first or beginning. This is our first business venture together so it seemed pretty fitting to celebrate this!
    2.   Alpha Acids - are a measurement in beer hops! To put it simply, higher alpha acids in hops = more bitterness in beer.
    3.   Alpha Attitude - the temperament of the wolf. Inspiring our logo and the mind set that goes with it; the go-getter, the leader of the pack and the determination to be the best we can be!


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