From the founders of Takk Coffee, SEESAW creative hub, and ÖL Bar & Brewery comes KERB – a new neighbourhood natural wine shop and occasional bar located in Ancoats.
Born out of a passion for natural wine, KERB is about building a community of natural wine lovers by breaking down any preconceived notions people have about wine.
Located a sniff, swirl and spit away from Ancoats’ Cutting Room Square (you can literally smell Rudys), KERB will be offering a curated selection of natural wine. From the homegrown producers of England & Wales to hand picked winemakers across Europe (and beyond), you’ll be able to enjoy Natty by the bottle or on tap (that’s right. On. Tap.)
And on the last weekend of every month, the store will also open as an ‘occasional bar’ where you’ll be able to enjoy the selection in house.
Despite being the OG method of wine making, natural wine has entered the scene as a kind of ‘glitch’ in our normal way of consuming wine.
And KERB wanted the brand to reflect that.
It’s not about what you should be drinking, it’s about what you are drinking – a place, a purpose and a story. KERB is about disrupting old, elitist ways of thinking and showcasing a beautiful drink, underpinned by a beautiful philosophy, that deserves to be enjoyed by everyone.
There will be no pretentiousness, no exclusivity. Just really good wine.
Founders Philip Hannaway & David McCall first discovered their passion for natural wine 6 years ago and have never looked back.
“It blew us away. Such a different taste…. It was quite heavy on the fermented side, so it made such an impression that we wanted to taste more,” says David.
“We want to be a store for everyone, whether they are beginners getting acquainted with amazing natural wine or experts who know more than we ever will. Our aim is to be knowledgeable but inclusive.”
“I firmly believe that once you have developed a thirst for the amazing diversity of tastes within the Natural wine umbrella, it’s really hard to go back.”
For Phillip, “joining an emerging scene with pioneers such as Erst, Isca, Le_Social and Higher Ground is humbling.”
“Things are really developing in Manchester. I think there is about to be an explosion of natural wine in the city.
“There’s a group of really passionate people trying to push forward the scene and it’s incredibly exciting to help grow it together. I am still learning new things about natural wine all the time, it’s incredibly exciting to share and learn from others.”
Kerb is set to open our doors on August 6. The team have worked with Manchester’s Youth Studio on the design of the store, Studio eNaR for branding and James Carbutt for their illustrated wine-loving gremlins.
“This has been a real Manchester collaboration. It’s been super fun working with many of Manchester’s creatives on this project,” says David.
KERB is set to open in August 2021. Keep an eye on their socials for developments…