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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!

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Tryanuary Sheffield Craft Beer Breweries Edition

Guide to Sheffield Craft Beer Breweries.

Januarys, who likes them? They are like Mondays. We just have to get through them, even if it means that we’ll be miserable for its duration. Luckily, we’ve had Tryanuary Sheffield to get us through the month with Sheffield Craft Beer breweries.

The Steel City is full of great craft beer breweries, it always has been. We do a lot of things like masters, it used to be our handy work (y’know, cutlery, steel, etc…), we still make great music and art as well as beer, the only downfall is that we are bloody good at drinking it too, even if we can’t use the excuse that we’ve been working hard at the factory all day and deserve an afterwork pint whilst wife puts a pie in the oven.

Since the resurgence of real ale has been dozens of breweries crop up offering something different, exciting and new, it just hasn’t had the opportunity to leave South Yorkshire because we want it all. We are the Real Ale Capital of the World, there’s one brewery for every 23,991 people according to a report by the University of Sheffield and you’ll be able to find around 400 different beers available on your typical day (when the boozer is open!). It might not be the size of Wards or Stones (86% of them can be labeled microbreweries) but these breweries push boundaries.

We might not brew in Sheffield but we feel like we are part of the scene. Here’s a snapshot of what is on offer. We’ve been celebrating breweries throughout the UK, now it’s time to look closer to home.

Kelham Island Brewery

Kelham Island Sheffield Craft Beer BreweriesThe catalyst of the new age of Sheffield craft beer breweries. The first new independent brewery in Sheffield for over a 100 years. It all started at The Fat Cat, the real ale boozer that put Kelham Island back on the map when it opened in 1980, a time when tradition pubs were becoming corporate lager drinking holes. It offered something different and from its opening night, until today The Fat Cat has continued to celebrate ale.

Like most breweries, Kelham Island Brewery started off with curiosity. We have a pub, we sell other peoples beer, we could make our own beer to sell. That’s what they did, they brewed beer in The Fat Cat beer garden which is a bit inconvenient for customers wanting an afternoon sesh in the summer so they made the big move next door where they built a brewery. It’s the longest running brewery in the city.

You can find their beers in their onsite shop & tap, The Fat Cat (their pub next door), Tap & Tankard (their pub in town), pubs throughout the city and Tesco!

More in the Valley of Beer…

The Fat Cat might have put the manmade island on the real ale trail of Sheffield but the Valley of Ale is a real destination with many other great pubs too.

Neepsend Craft Beer BreweryThe Stones brewery has bee on gone but don’t worry, those pubs won’t go dry. The old warehouses have been put back to good use as they’ve been converted into everything from trendy cafes to offices as well as breweries. This includes Neepsend Brewery who are relatively newcomers (2015) but have grown fast, supplying many pubs in Sheffield including The Wellington (and they will also be opening an on-site tap room).Sheffield Brewery Company The Sheffield Brewery Company are based just next to the former Stones Brewery, they’ve been around for over 10 years and their tap room opens up monthly, they are shareholders in The Gardeners Rest and you’ll always find their beers on the bar.Little Critterrs Little Critters who started out home brewing in 2012 but things got serious when they moved to Kelham Island in 2015 and continue to grow their presence throughout the city.

Exit 33 breweryExit 33 started out in 2008, learning, building and experimenting. This approach has given them a reputation that you can trust whilst surprising your taste buds. Although brewed in S2, Exit 33 share links with Kelham Island as they own The Harlequin, a pub nestled just on the outskirts of the Island.

Stancil Craft Beer BreweryStancill Brewery have brought the past back, reviving Oakwell Brewery from Barnsley and moving it not too far from Kelham Island. It didn’t take long for them to save the iconic Barnsley Bitter, their award winning beers are available at the Kelham Tavern..

True North craft beerIf you start your Kelham pub crawl at The Harlequin, the next stop will most likely be the Riverside, owned by True North, one of the cities most dominant brands. Since opening The Forum in 1992 True North has become an empire with fingers in many pies including several pubs that have their own niche speciality as well as being a gin distillery and brewery. The True North logo is like a stamp of approval.

Away from Kelham Island, Sheffield has many more decent pints being brewed.

Sentinel BreweryUnlike many brewers who start at home, Sentinel’s journey began in Sheffield’s beer history as head brewer, Alex Barlow spent time at Bass and continued to grow his knowledge ever since. With this experience behind Sentinel and locally sourced ingredients it’s no surprise of its success whilst its city centre tap room and kitchen pair beers with equally good food.

Abbeydale Brewery CraftAbbeydale Brewery share a similarity with Brew Foundation as they also founded with a father and son relationship and a love of beer. This was in 1996 and they have become a staple on many bars in Sheffield pubs. Moonshine is what they are known for but they weekly specials offer surprises and are always in demand. They supply over 400 pubs whilst they count some of Sheffield’s finest as theirs including The Devonshire Cat and The Rising Sun.

Thornbridge beerOk, not technically Sheffield but we’ve got to talk about Thornbridge and Bradfield Brewery, both from the Peak District which isn’t far from the city but their influence is huge! Arguably one of Bakewell’s finest exports (after the tart….) Thornbridge has been pioneers in ale revival. Since brewery began in 2005 their award winning beers have inspired and; Jaipur is the direct influence for BrewDog’s Punk.

Bradfield BeerOn the other hand, Bradfield Brewery have taken a different approach as they brew over 100,000 pints a week on a farm. Their blonde remains a go-to for many drinkers

Both Thornbridge and Bradfield Brewery have been part of the Sheffield craft beer breweries scene since 2005.

Every city is shouting about their craft beer scene but nobody has a past and present like the one based on Seven Hills and there’s so much more than this. You can find many Sheffield craft beer breweries on the bars of pubs, supporting the local makers.

It’s not just about pubs where you’ll find great beers, we like to celebrate with a dedicate week to beers in March and a festival in Kelham Island.

The best way to fully understand Sheffield craft beer breweries is to visit the many pubs. Not sure what to choose? Ask the man/woman behind the bar, they’ll be happy to recommend.