Never gonna give you hop- Rick Astley opens bar in Shoreditch

Rick Astley’s bar with Copenhagen brewery Mikeller. Pic: Joe McCarthy.

80s pop star Rick Astley has opened a bar in Shoreditch, serving ales themed around his name and music.

The bar, in conjunction with a Danish brewing company, opened on the October 19 with a special performance by the Never Gonna Give You Up singer and free drinks throughout the day.

Mikkeller first worked with Astley a few years ago after rumours spread that he lived in Copenhagen with his wife. They created a beer called ‘Astley’s Northern Hop Lager.’, unsurprisingly it is tinted a ginger colour.

Mikkeller founder Mikkel Borg Bjergsoe told Eastlondonlines: “We chose Shoreditch because it remind us a lot of our home neighbourhood in Copenhagen, Vesterbro. A good mix of Local Londoners and young people. Not too high end, but with a great, but with a great relaxed and fun vibe.”

The vast selection of beers on offer at Mikeller London. Pic: Joe McCarthy.

Asked if the threat of a no deal Brexit will affect the EU company’s business in Hackney Bjergsoe said that “Brexit does not concern us much. We are doing  a lot of business outside EU, so we are used to it.”

Mikeller London can be found on 2-4 Hackney Road,

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