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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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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.

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Who are The Brew Foundation?

Ecclesall Ale Club, the home of The Brew Foundation

It’s no secret that the craft beer scene has exploded in the last few years. It’s a trend that will slowly become the norm, for two reasons, 1; it’s made with passion, by people who love the stuff and 2; people love beer. This is the same story for The Brew Foundation, the brewers behind the Ecclesall Ale Club.

A father and son collaboration who turned their hobby (tasting beer) into a business where they could brew their favourite tastes and share the results..

Since launching, The Brew Foundation have grown organically, the product line covers the spectrum of pales from American to hoppy as well as a gluten free option. It’s not exclusively pales though, they are brewers who like to experiment, their porters and bitters have proved to be popular too.

Sheffield beer Brew Foundation

The beer is brewed in Wincle, Cheshire and distributed on both sides of the Pennines. You’ll find Brew Foundation beers on many taps in Sheffield (unless they have sold out). This demand was the driving force behind the Ecclesall Ale Club where you’ll be able to taste the beers on tap and take some bottles home with you. They’ll be guest beers available as well!

The Brew Foundation brew beers with love for people who love beers.

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An after work session down Ecclesall Road

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We are opening our doors very soon with a stellar selection of alcoholic beverages. Whether you fancy one of our craft beers from Brew Foundation, wine or on-trend gin, you won’t be going home thirsty. Sheffield is one of Europes most prevalent brewing cities and we know we are in good company when it comes to getting a decent craft beers down Eccy Road.

You can’t knock an after work session. Let’s face it, there’s always an excuse. Mondays’ are hard enough that you need that pint to look forward to, just to make it through the day. Tuesdays’ are, well, Tuesday. Wednesdays’ are only half way point and Thursdays’ are practically the weekend anyway, hangover Fridays’ are expected!

Where do you start your post-work pub crawl? Craft beers are in abundance on Ecclesall Road.

Beer House SheffieldThe Beer House is a good place to ‘discuss’ the traumas of your day. It’s cosy, always have a great selection of craft beers on draft and the perfect place to slag your boss, colleagues or customers off. It’s only small so you wanna get here early if you like to sit down and really enjoy the taste of alcohol as you let the days annoyances leave your mouth in a seamless rant. That first pint always goes down so easy and ‘I’m just coming out for one’ quickly turns into two.

Portland HouseNext stop, the Portland House where you can’t go wrong with the craft beers that they have on tap. Before you know it you’ve forgotten about your 9 to 5 and the conversation turns to football/tv/boys/girls/etc…

Lucky Fox SheffieldYou’re probably feeling peckish after spending the day sat at the desk and there’s plenty of options. You could dine at Nonnas but c’mon, we can’t pretend to be kings every night, lets keep Nonnas for another occasion, Lucky Fox does the job, there’s no where in the city that does fried chicken like they do and they recently opened up a branch on Eccesall Road.

It’s 7pm, you’ve got a food coma and your stomach might struggle with another pint but the night is still young. There are plenty of options available, including the Monk Bar which will settle your tummy. Midweek cocktails are the best kind of cocktails and their recipe book is hefty. You could enjoy your standard go-to or take a risk and try something different, you might even find a new favourite.Monk Bar

The alcohol kicks in, inappropriate work stories are being told so the night deserves one for the road. I wouldn’t wish a work hangover on anybody so after that you should probably call it a night. Uber?