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The Making of the Ale Club – Ecclesall Road Mircopub

You might recognise The Brew Foundation, we’ve been brewing craft beers (mostly pales) over the last few years. They have been on the bars of Sheffield’s best boozers. The Ecclesall Ale Club is our new micropub, it’s been a stressful, tiring and challenging journey. We are now open and it has been worth it!

429 Eccesall Road is our new home! After months of paperwork and admin we were finally allowed to get our hands on what was Eccy booze.


We opened on Friday on Friday 17th.
Ecclesall Ale Club bar

Eccy Ale Club open night

Ecclesall Ale Club Lamp

Ecclesall Ale Club toilet

Ecclesall Ale Club fridge

It’s safe to that the struggle has been real but the results make it worth it. The opening weekend couldn’t have gone better. We’ve had to restock the bar and fridges.

We are opening from 11:30am, 7 days a week.

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Guest Beer #1 Gamma Ray by Beavertown

The paint is dry, the bar has been filled, fridges stocked and the furniture nailed down. As of tomorrow, Ecclesall Road has not just a new place to sink a few beers, we’re a bottle shop too, offering a range of beers including Beavertown’s finest.!

Although The Ecclesall Ale Club is run by The Brew Foundation, we don’t just love our beers, we love beer in general. To celebrate the diverse flavours of a decent pint, we will be pouring pints from our favourite craft beer brewers. Our guest beers will be continually changing so you might only get that one chance.

Guest beer #1

Beavertown loho

Gamma Ray by Beavertown.

beavertown gamma ray

Beavertown are London-based brewers who are growing fast. Since launch in 2011 Beavertown have become champions of the craft beer scene. They are more than just brewers, they are becoming an iconic brand. Their artwork on the cans stand out in the fridges and on taps but having fancy logos means nothing if the beer doesn’t live up to the same standard. Beavertown do.

Gamma Ray is a classic American pale ale. The tropical fruits disguise it’s strength (5.4%) making it easily drinkable and refreshing. It’s a stand out pint and you’ll have to make the challenging decision at the bar, do you go same again or take a spin on beer roulette to try something different, it probably won’t be better.

We are going to be open 11:30am to 11pm, 7 days a week at 429 Ecclesall Road. Grab a can or two, too.

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Where to Eat on Ecclesall Road

Guide to Eating on Ecclesall Road.

Whether you are shopping on Ecclesall Road, enjoying an afternoon drinking session or an a night out, it would be a mistake not to indulge in the food on offer, there’s something for everybody.

Eating in Sheffield is easy these days. You are never far from a decent and affordable restaurant, pub grub that hasn’t been microwaved the hell out of or ‘street food’ (which is just code for a take away with standards).

You won’t go hangry when you take a walk down Ecclesall Road where options are aplenty, even for the pickiest of eaters. There’s places for date nights, the morning after, a lazy weekend dinner (lunch) or tea (dinner) you’ll have to prepare your argument if you want to be tucking in to your favourite dish because your eating partners will be fighting their corner!

The road is packed with eateries, pretty much every other shop sells food. There’s the usual suspects (Pizza Express, KFC, Nandos etc..) but you don’t need to go to a chain here.

Nourish Ecclesall Road SheffieldLooking for something healthy? Nourish make good food great. Salads don’t have to boring and sandwich can be interesting when done correctly.

How about something fancy? Nonnas aren’t your typical Italian and they are a treat that you won’t regret saving up for.

Who doesn’t love fried chicken? Lucky Fox recently opened a branch on Ecclesall Road, their Brooklyn-inspired menu will cause you a headache when you try and choose.

Mud Crab offers fresh and tasty food, their brunch offers are classics with a twist whilst the burgers are up there with the best in Sheffield.

Fancy a curry? Ashoka is an award winning Indian restaurant that offers classic dishes, served in a contemporary fashion.

All Siam Thai Ecclesall RoadThe cuisines don’t stop there, All Siam Thai are as authentic as they come and their fresh ingredients will take you to the Far East without leaving S11.

With the Ale Club opening 11am to 11pm you can pick and choose your meal from brunch at Mud Crab, sit down at Couch for dinner or a late night take away from All Siam Thai on your way home. Grab a few bottles of Brew Foundation to compliment it!


We’ll be opening this Friday (17th November) on 429 Ecclesall Road.

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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

Sheffield beer Brew Foundation

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?

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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!