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Will Arctic Monkeys bring the Kings of Music crown back to the Steel City?

Arctic Monkeys 2018The Steel City gets overlooked as a city of importance compared to many in the UK. London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Dublin and Glasgow are celebrated more than Sheffield and it seems a bit unfair. We’ve always produced quality, our steel was the best in the world, our beer is and our music scene has had defining moments for generations.

Over the decades our musicians have impacted the sound of pop culture from Def Leppard’s stadium rock anthems in the 1970’s to the electro shift in the 80’s thanks to the Human League. Pulp’s arty take on guitar music coined a different direction for Brit Pop in the 90’s. These bands weren’t the only ones in the city, they were just the ones who broke through to the mainstream but underneath the genre leaders was a vibrant scene that made life up north not so grim.

Music scenes come-and-go. After the heady days of Brit Pop, there was a lull in guitar music as dance music and raves became the phenomena and again, Sheffield offered a helping hand with influential club nights at Gatecrasher. Whilst this was offering an outlet for many, there was a new group of boys in bands, inspired by The Strokes, The White Stripes, Kings of Leon and The Libertines.

Sheffield Steel City isn’t a pretentious city, it’s not overly cool or try hard and the bands who were bringing indie back looked more like they’d come straight from a pluming job or they were off to a football match, but they weren’t ‘lads’. A new scene was forming, The Leadmill, The Boardwalk, The Fuzz Club, The Harley, The Fez Club all played an important role in this new sound that was spearheaded by Milburn who were more influenced by Oasis than The Strokes.

Arctic Monkeys 2003After a couple of years of gigging throughout Sheffield Milburn weren’t the only one picking up guitars in Sheffield. There was 1984, The Dodgems, Little Man Tate, The Long Blondes and of course, High Green’s finest, Arctic Monkeys. This quartet, friends with Milburn nailed their sound relatively quickly. Their first gig took place at The Grapes in the Steel City in June 2003 where they covered Hotel Yorba by The White Stripes.

Over the following 18 months they built up a fan base through gigging, supporting the likes of The Ordinary Boys and Tom Vek but their fans didn’t exclusively come from the Steel City. This was a unique time in music where the internet was building music scenes on web forums. Arctic Monkeys often get labelled the first band of the internet but it was actually The Libertines who took advantage of breaking the fourth wall and using forums to interact with fans. It wasn’t just a platform to do this though, it gave likeminded people to talk to each other, make friends and share music. Arctic Monkeys gave out demos at their gigs and fans uploaded and shared these songs on forums such as the libertines.org and MySpace. It was a natural and authentic move that took the media and the band by surprise.

Arctic Monkeys debut albumAt the time the NME was the indie kid bible and they started taking notice in early 2005. The band were selling out The Boardwalk (whilst working on the bar), with a crowd singing their songs, word-for-word without any official release. By the end of the year the Arctic Monkeys had become the hottest band in the country, they had number one singles, sell out tours and so much hype that helped elevate the whole Sheffield music scene. Bands like Milburn, who had been around much longer than the Monkeys were benefitting.

Arctic Monkeys AMWhatever People Say I Am was released in January 2006 and it remains the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK. 12 years on and the band haven’t looked back, their sound has evolved as they have grown from teenagers to global rock stars. This Friday (11th May), the band release their sixth album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. This is the long-await follow-up to the flawless AM (released in 2013) and expectations are high. People always say that following up a successful debut is the hardest but there wasn’t any signs of that when they released Favourite Worst Nightmare.

Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Base HotelThe bands forthcoming arena tour (including 4 nights at the Sheffield Arena) sold out immediately. There’s going to be ‘pop-up shops’ this weekend across the world (including Barkers Pool in the city centre) and a petition for Alex to shave of his beard (it does look a bit daft). After 5 consistently good albums and 5 years since the highly regarded AM, is this going to be the difficult sixth album or will they put the Steel City back on the map?

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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.

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Sheffield: The Outdoor City

The Outdoor CityThe sun is out, finally! It’s felt like an eternity. We’ve battled through dark days, darker nights and snow but, fingers crossed we might be able to pack the coats, scarfs and gloves away, well, for a couple of months anyway. It’s time to grab your sunnies, shorts and enjoy Sheffield, the outdoor city.

Everything looks better in the sun, especially Sheffield, our city. It can be a bleak place in the winter. The weather is probably one of the reasons why we love beer so much. We need it to get through the cold months, then when the sun does make an appearance it becomes ‘beer garden weather’. There’s always an excuse for a pint in the outdoor city.

The city really comes to life in the summertime and it deserves to be explored. Whether you like culture or adventures, you won’t be bored in the outdoor city. The alternative guide to enjoying Sheffield in the sun.

1. Festivals

Music, food, drink, art we’ve got it all going on here. From community street parties such as Sharrow Vale Market to Sheffield Food Festival in the centre, free events that celebrate the city.

Tramlines SheffieldThen of course there’s Tramlines, the music festival, now in its 10th year, it has grown out of it’s inner-city home to Hillsborough Park headlined by Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Craig David’s TS5. If you don’t fancy venturing to Hillsborough there will be plenty of fringe events going on in the city centre too.

2. Parks

It’s not just Hillsborough that has a park worth a visit, we’ve got over 200 parks and public gardens, one of the main reasons Sheffield is the outdoor city. Endcliffe Park and the Botanical Gardens are a brief walk from the Ale Club whilst the Peace Gardens is a place to chill in the city centre. Graves Park offers an opportunity to see some animals or play pitch and putt. We’re the 6th greenest city in the UK! If you fancy a short road trip visit the Peak District.

3. Beer Gardens

Brothers Arms beer garden‘It’s beer garden weather’ is probably the most used phrase when we get a glimpse of sun. We’re well prepared for this with some incredible beer gardens all around from The Brothers Arms in Heeley which boasts amazing views of the city to the roof top bar at Krynkl in Kelham Island. The Lescar in Sharrow Vale is peaceful in the afternoon and The Rutland Arms in the centre is always great.

 

4. Activities

Thought skiing was only for snowing mountains? Nope. Sheffield makes use of one the many hills with its ski village. It’s safe to say that it’s had a turbulent past. It’s kind of ironic that it closed down after being destroyed by a fire, but it’s rising like a phoenix in the flames. After being shut for a few years they have finally had investment to reopen in 2019.

5. Ride

Yellow OFO bikesWe’re not only the ‘outdoor city’, we’ve become cycle city since the Ofo yellow bikes landed. Who’d have thought they would have been so successful, especially for a city with so many hills but they are taking over and cycling is the best way to explore.

Summer doesn’t last long, enjoy it with a cold pint in the outdoor city.

For more information on The Outdoor City visit their website.

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Exposed Awards 2018

Exposed Awards 2018We are delighted to be nominated for Best New Bar at the Exposed Awards this year! It’s been a crazy few months for us, there was a lot of hard work prior to opening but it’s been well worth it. To be amongst the likes of Public and The Old Workshop in the Exposed Awards Best New Bar category is one hell of compliment.

We’d be honoured to take home the award but we aren’t a competitive bunch (we’re Sheffielders, we like to support our fellow nominees). Here’s a few of our favourite Exposed Awards nominees making our city great.

Best Live Venue – Picture House Social

Pizza, ping pong, bands and drinks, Picture House Social is your one-stop venue for the perfect night out. Picture House Social hosts a variety of events. When it comes to live music they have their finger on the pulse for booking bands who are on the way to greater things including Goat Girl, Cabbage and The Big Moon.

Made in Sheffield – Henderson’s Relish

HendosHendos sums up Sheffield perfectly. It’s something we’re proud of, we’re passionate about this condiment and we’ll defend it like our life depends on it. It’s been debated in the House of Commons and Everly Pregnant Brothers’ song, Hendos is an anthem. We treasure the relish and we don’t want it leaving the city.

A meal isn’t complete without it swimming in Hendos.

Best Local Event – Peddler Market

Peddler MarketFood and beer in a warehouse, it couldn’t represent the Steel City any better. The monthly night market is unique and the novelty factor hasn’t worn off, it’s popularity continues to grow. Both traders and punters travel across the country for this free event, queues around the block are formed, even in the snow!

Once you’ve made it in you’ll find a variety of cuisines, decent beers from craft breweries, music and art, all in the heart of Kelham Island.

Best Independent Retailer – Beer Central

Beer Central, housed in the Moor Market is more than just an off license. The bottle shop is a haven for beer lovers as they stock bottles and cans from Sheffield’s finest breweries as well as those from around the UK and worldwide.

The decision to purchase is near impossible with such a great selection but help is on hand from the highly knowledgable staff. Beats a trip to the supermarket, right?

Best New Bar – Public

PublicWho’d think a former public toilet would make a cool cocktail bar? The same minds behind Tramlines, Picture House Social and Daisy’s Bar, that’s who! Public is small, really small but it’s worth queuing for. Their drinks menu is inspiring (it’s a book!) and the actual drinks are not your standard cocktail.

Going to Public is the best toilet experience you’ll ever have, the vibe is chilled and you can sit comfortably knowing there’s a line of people outside wanting your seat!

The Exposed Awards take place at 92 Burton Road on 17th May, more details available here.

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What’s on for Easter in Sheffield

Easter Bank Holiday Weekend is the perfect opportunity to party! There’s not the pressure like Christmas and it’s a long one! So, what is happening at Easter in Sheffield?

Easter in Sheffield Craft BeedIt’s a four-dayer and it all kicks off on Good Friday at Yellow Arch in Kelham Island for their beer festival. The iconic venue are hosting their 3rd beer festival with some of Sheffield’s finest breweries include The Brew Foundation! We’ll be there, with great company from Stancill Brewery and Lost Industry Brewing. All good festivals need food and Proove Pizza are doing just that. It’s great value for money as entrance is just £1.50 (pint class included!) and there’s DJs playing funk until ‘late’. More details available here.

Easter in Sheffield BBQHopefully the weather picks up (not looking likely) as Smo Fo Pit Stop is taking place throughout the weekend at Summit House car park on Eyre Street with BBQ food, craft beer and bands. This pop—up event is the first of what will become a monthly event. They’ve sourced some of the best BBQ going, catering for carnivores and vegans so that nobody goes hungry. Beer is supplied by Sheffield favourites, Abbeydale Brewery, Sentinel and Kelham Island Brewery. Fingers crossed that the weather men are wrong, BBQ is the snow isn’t ideal. More info here.

Remember, Jesus died for this!

Canalside Night MarketSaturday sees the 3rd Canalside Night Market at the Southbank Warehouse. Kicking off at 2 there’s a wide range of food and drink available including a bar dedicated to gin. There’ll also be live music, DJ’s and artists keeping entertainment going until 11pm.

More details here.

Easter in Sheffield Leadmill specialOnce you’ve eaten your way through your chocolate eggs to get over the hangover, Easter Sunday is all about letting loose and Common People at the Leadmilli ideal for Brit pop and noughties indie fans as hits will be played from 11pm to 4am.

There’s plenty to do for Easter in Sheffield, make the most from the long weekend. Don’t forget to pop in to the Ale Club, we are open all weekend!

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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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Mother’s Day on Ecclesall Road

What’s going on for Mother’s Day on Ecclesall Road?

Mother’s Day is approaching (March 11th!) and there’s plenty of ways to treat your mum in Sheffield, especially on Ecclesall Road. Here’s our tips for Mother’s Day on Ecclessall Road.

Where to eat for Mother’s Day on Ecclesall Road.

Grazr InnGraze Inn

If the weather is nice then you might not want to spend the afternoon/evening indoors, Graze Inn cover this with their Mother’s Day brunch menu.

More derails here.

Whirlowbrook Hall

Alternatively enjoy an afternoon at Whirlowbrook Hall. Finger sandwiches, scones and tea on offer between 12pm and 3pm, want to up your gifting game? Upgrade to the Champagne option!

More details here.

PoWPrince of Wales

When you want pub grub that’s a bit special then book in at the Prince of Wales. Their Mother’s Day 3 course special is £23.95 and if it’s as good as it sounds, you will be the favourite child!

More details available here.

Miller and Carter

If your mum likes meat executed with perfection then book in with Miller and Carter who excel when it comes to steak.

More details here.

Bistrot Pierre Mother's Day on Ecclesall RoadBistrot Pierre

You can’t go wrong with French food when it’s done well and Bistrot Pierre do exactly that. Their 3 course Mother’s Day special is just £19.95 and there’s plenty to choose from.

More details here.

Brocco On The Park

Hopefully the snow will have cleared by Mother’s Day because there’s nothing better than a stroll around Endcliffe Park in the spring sunshine, then a meal at Brocco On The Park.

More details here. 

Don’t forgot to drop into the Ale Club, we have wine, cider, spirits and software drinks for the mum’s who don’t like a beer and if they do, our cans and bottles make the perfect gift!

 

P.S. Don’t forget to vote for the Ale Club as best new bar at the Exposed Magazine Awards. Get involved here.

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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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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.