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Smo Fo Pit Stop May Bank Holiday

Smo Fo Pit Stop May Bank HolidayDon’t you just love this time of year, we’re seeing glimpses of summer and the weeks get shorter as we are bombarded with Bank Holidays. Great, isn’t? When the two combine you really need to embrace it as it’s pretty rare. The Easter weekend was a bit of a write off which was unfortunate for Smo Fo Smoked Food who launched their first BBQ event Smo Fo Pit Stop in the Summit House car park in town. It wasn’t BBQ weather, it was bloody freezing!

If Carol from BBC Breakfast is telling the truth then they have nothing to worry about as the sun will be shining for the second Smo Fo Pit Stop on May Day Bank Holiday. That’s right, a full weekend packed with sunshine! Smo Fo Smoked Food have been supplying the city with smoked bar snacks, designed to partner craft beers for over 3 years now, the Pit Stop takes them into new areas. The business started out as a butcher, supplying Sheffield’s pubs with pies and scotch eggs and the growth has been a natural course of events. If you haven’t tried their smoked pork scratchings you don’t know what you are missing out on!

Smo Fo Pit Stop Meat MenuYou might not think a BBQ in a car park in the middle of the Sheffield is the perfect combo. Usually you can enjoy the risk of cooking burgers and sausages in your garden. Smo Fo takes things up a level with a taste of the Deep South without having to fly 10 hours to enjoy what Texas has to offer (it’s worth a visit though!) just across the road from the Plug from Friday through to Sunday.

It’s not glamorous but it doesn’t need to be. They haven’t settled for some pulled pork and beef brisket, their menu is extensive, covering the best off Texas and beyond with Asian Baus and steak burgers, obviously their pub snacks are available too.

Sm Fo Pit Stop Closed Shop MenuIf you aren’t a meat eater don’t worry, The Closed Shop have put together an equally delicious sounding menu. The Vegan friendly BBQ includes burgers, koftas and soya Mac and cheese.

And the best part?

What goes perfectly with meat? BEER! They’ve gone and pulled the double with picking some of Sheffield’s best breweries to quench the thirst including Sentinel Brewery, Abbeydale Brewery and us!

There’s live music and DJs across the weekend too.

If you want to enjoy the sun, eat good grub, some great beer and music over the Bank Holiday weekend then Smo Fo Pit Stop ticks the boxes! Children and dogs are welcome for this free event.

More info on the Facebook event page.

P.S. Save money on an Uber and burn off those calories with a Olo yellow bike

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The Garden Brewery Takeover

garden brewery logoSheffield Beer Week is great, right? We’re loving the enthusiasm and passion Sheffield has for beer. There’s been some great events held throughout the city and there’s plenty more to come but tonight it’s our turn as we get to showcase the brilliant beers by The Garden Brewery at the Ale Club.

Garden Brewery tapWe’ve been pouring The Garden Brewery’s finest beers since opening the tap room, the Samphire Sour and the Milkshake IPA have been going down a treat so, to coincide with Sheffield Beer Week we’ve let the Croatian brewery takeover the bar for the night.

So, who are The Garden Brewery?

The Garden Brewery story is a little different to most, it began with a music festival in Croatia by a promoter from Birmingham. The Garden has been one of Europes leading dancing music festivals since launching in 2006 but after 10 years they decided to focus on beer instead. The timing couldn’t have been better as Croatia was gaining a craft brewery scene whilst the connections from the festival circuit gave them an outlet early on and they’ve gone from strength-to-strength.

Garden Brewery beerTheir state of the art brewery allows them to brew different beers quickly, they have the ability to brew their core range on mass and test or create specials in smaller batches too, giving them the opportunity to grow fast without losing the excitement that comes with experimenting with different ingredients, flavours and tastes.

Unlike many breweries who specialise in one style The Garden Brewery’s core range is as eclectic as they come, stouts to sours whilst their pales IPA’s aren’t your typical style as they include citrus IPAs and honey double IPAs.

They pride themselves in the ingredients that they use to brew. These are natural and unfiltered, giving a more intense flavour, the hops come from around the world whilst the malts are imported from the UK which might give some familiarity to the taste produced.

Based in Zagreb, The Garden Brewery tap room is open 7 days a week, serving their core range and specialise on cask, keg, bottle and can which will taste much fresher than you’d experience after being imported over land and sea. They offer guided tours and tasting sessions too! And, obviously, should you get peckish, there’s food available too from Submarine a shipping container in the brewery, serving burgers and ice cream, made with locally sourced ingredients.

More info The Garden Brewery, their beers and their tap room (well worth a visit if you’re in Croatia) is available here.

Don’t forget to check out our Sheffield Beer Week offers, available until Sunday.

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Guide to Sheffield Beer Week 2018

Sheffield Beer WeekIt’s almost our favourite week of the year, we’ve been putting our plans together to make sure there’s no logistical mishaps. Not gonna lie, we’ve had to flip coins to decide what to do because there’s so much good stuff going on. Yep, Sheffield Beer Week, we are ready for you.

Sheffield Beer Week launchIt all kicks off on Saturday at the Abbeydalee Picture House on Abbeydale Road with the Indie Beer Feast, celebrating the cities greatest things, independent businesses, food and beer.

They’ll be drinking from then on, through to the next weekend. It might sound like one big piss up and to a degree it is but it’s also about sampling the best of beer in 2018. Whether you want to call it craft beer or real ale, just grab a glass and enjoy the breweries showcasing their work in pubs throughout the city.

Hardywood CraftThe beer resurgence here in the UK owes a lot to the States and the Hop Hideout on Abbeydale Road is showcasing beers from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery from midday. If you are heading to the Indie Beer Feast get down early and nip across the road for a taster, or just go down anyway, The Broadfield is next door! The Indie Beer Feast is a ticketed event and they’ve got some of the best local and UK breweries and street food chefs to kick your tastebuds into gear for the rest of Sheffield Beer Week.

Wellington Sheffield Beer WeekWe don’t have time for hangovers especially on day two when award winner beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones is hosting a tasting evening for the best of Norwich beers at The Wellington in Shalesmoor. Prepare to be schooled.

Monday’s are the worst, not in Beer Week they aren’t. It’s meet the brewer time at Brewdog with Steel City Brewing’s Dave who will be talking about his craft and a taste of their Sheffield Brewery Week special, Rogue One, a 10% imperial stout with a hint of chocolate, vanilla and citrus.

If the 10% stout hasn’t written us off we’ll be heading to the train station, not to escape but for the Sheffield Tap to see how The Tapped Brew Co make their beers before joining the Sheffield Pub Heritage Walk which starts at Fagans at 5:30.

Sheffield Beer Week Beavertown TakeoverThere’s no hump day during Sheffield Beer Week as Wednesday sets us up for another busy one, starting off with another meet the brewer event at Brewdog at 6pm, this time its Lost Industry who will be bringing their exclusive imperial white stout, Off Me Coconut along then at 7:30pm it’s time to head to Hallamshire House for meet the brewer with London’s finest, Beavertown!

Thursday we’ll be starting off with a battle of the sours with locals Abbeydale Brewery against Manchester faves Charlton Brewery at The Devonshire Cat before heading to The Bath Hotel for another brewery from the other side of the Pennines, Marble Brewery who’ll be taking part in a meet the brewer.

Brew York Sheffield Beer WeekBrew York are frequent on the Ale Club bar and we’re looking forward to their meet the brewer event at Riverside on Friday before heading to The Bar Stewards for a Northern Monk takeover.

Saturday will be another Kelham orientated day with the Cloudwater and Howling Hops takeover at Shakespeares, Unfortunately all good things have to come to an end but theres a silver lining at the Sheffield Beer Week closing party which coincides with launch of the Neepsend Brewery tap room opening!

Gladiators, ready?

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Beer Central Bottle Share

Bottle Share eventWe’re hosting our first event at the Ale Club tonight! We’ve teamed with Sheffield’s favourite beer shop, Beer Central for a bottle share evening. These guys are pro’s at this kind of thing, it’s their 26th.

Did you spend your dinner breaks at school swapping your duplicate football stickers with your mates in hope that you’d be the first to complete the book? Well, imagine that you’ve only got one Alexis Sanchez sticker, you love him so much, so much so that your Manchester United fan friend should enjoy him too. It’s rare that we get anything for free, so in return they give you Henrikh Mkhitarayn, seems fair, right?

It’s still (STILL!) January and it’s bloody cold. Too cold to play swapsys outside. Luckily the Ale Club is nice and cosy and beer keeps us warm, and happy. Christmas seems a lifetime ago but we’ve got through Blue Monday and it no longer gets dark at 3pm so there’s hope there…

What’s a bottle share event?

We all like to think of ourselves as an influencer in one way or another, this is your opportunity to share your passions of your favourite beer with other beer enthusiasts, and enjoy theirs. What better time to do this than during Tryanuary!

How are you getting on with Tryanuary?

Have you been adventurous? Found a new favourite? Bottle sharing gives you a voice and helps you understand flavours you would have previously overlooked whilst making friends (drinking partners) at the same time!

You might think that your go-to stout or the pale that brings your tastebuds to life is everybody else’s but that probably isn’t the case and they’ll be somebody who is still a virgin to your favourite brew. There’s nothing better than watching the happiness of the drinkers face as they beam with joy from the beer you introduced to them. Every time they have it, they’ll be thinking about you.

Don’t be shy, come and talk to the group (don’t worry, it won’t be too daunting, they’ll be maximum of 14 likeminded folks and you can always drink before you talk). It’s a casual event, no rules or pressures plus, they’ll be free snacks for bottle share participants.

For more details on tonights bottle share event, which starts at 7pm visit the Facebook event page.

What will you bring? What are you willing to share? Thumbs up to anyone who brings their favourite Brew Foundation along.

Want to know more about Beer Central? Click here.

There’s no charge, just let Sean from Beer Central know that you’ll be coming along via your favoured social media outlet.

Unfortunately there’s still a couple of weeks left of January but we are continuing to embrace Tryanuary with new favourites constantly rotating on the bar and in the fridge. We can make it to February, the struggle might be real but it’s easier with a pint of deliciousness.

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Christmas in Sharrow Vale

Sharrow Vale Market Dec 17Ecclesall Road might get all the attention but, behind it is Sharrow Vale Road where you’ll find something different. Especially at Christmas.

You know what you are going to get on Ecclesall Road and there’s something for everybody. On the other hand, Sharrow Vale Road boasts independent boho vibes. Like Ecclesall Road, there’s food, drinks, homeware etc but on a small, unique scale.

Sharrow Vale has a community and every few months, on a Sunday, they come together, close the road off and have a market. Craft and farmers markets are generally pretty similar and when something becomes repetitive, people get bored and stop coming.

Sharrow Vale Road market isn’t like that. Every time it attracts a huge crowd who stroll up and down, enjoying everything on offer from fresh meat to street food, handmade crafts and accessories as well as entertainment.

brew foundation bar sharrow valeIt can be thirsty work but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Not only do we have our Brew Foundation pumps serving a collection of our finest beers we also have gift boxes, perfect for Christmas.

brew foundation christmas giftsDon’t forget our Ale Club is around the corner and open from 11:30am to 11pm. Sundays don’t need to be lazy when you can get drunk whilst shopping for unique prezzies.

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Come visit our bar at the Nantwich Food Festival 2017

Nantwich Food Festival 2017 is taking place this coming weekend, Friday 1st September until Sunday 3rd September. As food festivals go, Nantwich Food Festival is pretty much a big deal, and this year is no exception. Bake Off fans will be pleased to hear that last year’s winner Candice Brown is the headline chef this year (along with loads of other chefs and celebs too, check out the Food Theatre section of their website). The Nantwich Food Festival 2017 showcases food and drink producers, and sellers, from Cheshire and across the country.

We, the Brew Foundation, will have our mobile bar set up in the Town Square just inside Cheerbrook Farm marquee. If you came last year to see us we’re in a similar location to then; location bang in the centre of town. We’ll have a rotating range of cask and keg beers available all weekend in pints and halves, plus bottles and cans to take home and enjoy. As always there will special offers on presentation packs.

Make sure you come and have a pint with us in the Cheerbrook Farm marquee. We’ve even heard a rumour that there may be some steak and ale pies made with Little Bitter That available too! Yum!

 

 

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Sharrow Vale Market, Sheffield

I’m lucky, cuz five seconds from my front door is one of the best farmers markets in the UK: Sharrow Vale Market. If you haven’t already been to Sharrow Vale Farmers Market then you’re in luck! Because it’s tomorrow, Sunday 16th July. Come on down!

We’ll be there with our mobile bar selling pints of First Light, Little Bitter That, Laughing Water, Free Beer and Janet’s Treat Porter. Plus we’ll be selling bottles of all beers to take away in presentation packs of four for just £10.

The weather forecast looks good, the beer’s a flowing and there are loads of street food stalls too. What’s not to like!?

It starts at 12pm but if you’re there before you can have a Brew Foundation beer early doors as we’ll be set up before then. It finishes at 4pm and we usually run out of beer so don’t delay; we look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

 

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Come and see us at the Super Heroes Picnic on 9th July 11am – 3pm

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Brew Foundation’s bar appearing at this year’s Super Heroes Picnic! Taking place at Dorfold Hall, Nantwich, the Super Heroes Picnic is a super family fun day in aid of two fantastic charities The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice and Ray of Hope.

The event takes place next Sunday (9th July) from 11am until 3pm, and there are lots and lots of activities for all the family to enjoy: Musical entertainment, 18ft climbing wall, super car display, arts and crafts, inflatables, raffle, tombola and the super hero academy to name a few.  There are prizes for the best dressed super hero so make sure you dress up as your favourite hero (or villain)! Find out more by visiting the Super Heroes Picnic website here.

We’ll be there with our mobile bar providing liquid refreshment (being a super hero is thirsty work you know!). We’ll have pints/halves of our delicious cask beer and presentation packs of bottled beer to take home.

Come and say hi to us and we look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

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It’s Wincle Beer Festival 2017 next weekend.

Next weekend, Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July, it’s the annual Wincle Beer Festival 2017. As you know Wincle is where we cuckoo brew out of so there are plenty of Brew Foundation beers on the bar including C Bomb, Pop, First Light, Laughing Water and Janet’s Treat Porter.

Now in its third year, the Wincle Beer Festival really is one of the best, and most picturesque, beer festivals in the country. There will be over 30 beers and ciders available plus this year there will be a gin bar too! Food and soft drinks are also available all weekend and there is music from a variety of live bands.

If you want to make a weekend of it there are the last few camping pitches available, so act fast if you want to stay over.

The festival is located at Wincle brewery which overlooks the river Dane in the picture perfect Peak District village of Wincle. For map location click here.

To find out more visit Wincle Beer’s website or call 01260 227 777 to book a camping pitch.

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It’s the first Nether Edge Market of the year this Sunday 19th March

This Sunday we’re at the fantastic Nether Edge Market. The event runs from 12pm to 4pm on Sunday 19th March. As always we’ll be bringing our mobile bar selling pints and halves of two cask beers and two kegged craft beers. We’ll have special offers on gift packs of 4 bottled beers, plus we’ll have Brew Foundation glasses for sale and a limited supply of brand new 330ml cans of unfiltered Laughing Water. Get ’em fast folks!

Fingers crossed that the weather is kind to us all and we can enjoy a few pints in the spring sunshine hey! (Just jinxed it haven’t it!?!)

See you all there!