Sneak peek of Sutton's first craft ale bar opening today

Neil Beaver and Danel Hallam behind the bar of FireRock, which opens today
Neil Beaver and Danel Hallam behind the bar of FireRock, which opens today

Friends Danel Hallam and Neil Beaver are ready to open the doors to Suttons first craft beer bar, FireRock today (December 7)

The bar, on Outram Street, has a selection of 12 craft ales on pumps, and 60 varieties in cans and bottles, which have all been selected by Daniel and Neil.

The biergarten room

The biergarten room

Friends of 11 years, Daniel and Neil, both from Sutton, started brewing their own craft ales three years ago, and wanted to expand that into their own bar.

Amazingly, it has taken only two months to transform the former bridal shop into a stylish, quirky bar.

Daniel said: "We got the keys on October first, so it's taken us two months to strip out the bridal shop that was here and set up FireRock.

"We had a vision of what we wanted the bar to look like, and called in favours from friends and family who have helped turn it around."

The bar

The bar

The bar, which has an industrial theme, has a cosy rum room with barrel tables, and a heated biergarten room, complete with wooden benches from Germany.

There is also a main bar area with a stage, where there will be live music, starting with bands Shanks Pony and Dukes of Pork playing tomorrow.

Daniel and Neil have juggled building the bar with their full time jobs, and they both have young families.

Daniel, who is a site foreman, and Neil, who is head of training for Halfords, have both been putting in long hours to ensure the bar is a success, along with their wives Amy Hallam and Gemma Beaver.

The rum room

The rum room

Daniel said: "There were times when I wasn't sure if it was going to be done in time.

"Craft ales is a growing industry, and all our family and friends have pulled together to get it ready."

Daniel and Neil are hoping FireRock will be a success, after a busy friends and family preview last night.

FireRock has its own ales on the bar, and will also rotate craft ales to see what goes down well.

FireRock is on 20, Outram Street, Sutton

FireRock is on 20, Outram Street, Sutton

FireRock also offers 12 different rums, along with lagers and other spirits.

Opening times are 5pm-10pm Thursday, 12pm-11pm Friday and Saturdays.

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The bar, on Outram Street, has a selection of 12 craft ales on pumps, and 60 varieties in cans and bottles, which have all been selected by Daniel and Neil.

The bar, on Outram Street, has a selection of 12 craft ales on pumps, and 60 varieties in cans and bottles, which have all been selected by Daniel and Neil.