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Guest Brewery #5 Cloudwater

CloudwaterHow much is too much for a pint? It wasn’t that long ago when us northerners would avoid London beer prices. £3? Na, I’m happy up hear, thanks. What about £13? Last year Cloudwater, possibly the most hyped craft beer brewery around hit the headlines with their £13 pint in London. Sadly it’s not only London where you’re paying more than a tenner. Is this Cloudwater’s fault? Is there more to the story than the headline and, most importantly, would you pay it?

No. Yes. The third question needs to be rephrased. Are the short answers. Let’s dig a little deeper…

You are reading this because you have an interest in good beer. You don’t need to be sold to but there’s more reasons behind the price than just hype or a label but the hype doesn’t help, especially for the likes of Cloudwater. The Manchester brewery have only been going for a few years, they are relatively small but they’ve had to grow up fast and that, in itself doesn’t come cheap. They are also small in terms of the amount of beer they can brew and when you’re making headlines, whether for good or bad, you are going to be in demand. They have had to hike prices up to keep to high standards and to slow down the demand.

Breweries don’t get into it to make lots of money, they want to make beer they love and that’s why people like what we do, we want to be proud about the product. A hand brewed beer, made with love, care and the best ingredients is incomparable to a pint of lager made on mass, by machines with low quality ingredients. You can find yourself paying a fiver for that anyway. With some craft beers, like the famed 9% double IPA we’ve got to change our mindset and think of it like you would a good bottle of decent wine, then the price doesn’t seem that bad. You wouldn’t buy a pint of wine and you probably shouldn’t buy a pint of this either, you’d be steaming. You get what you pay for.

Who are Cloudwater and why should you give a shit? The name might be kind of new (established 2015) but the brewers certainly aren’t. They’ve been making (and drinking) beers for years now so it’s not just some amateurs, jumping in on the bandwagon Nathan Barely style. They pride themselves on using seasonal ingredients which not only ensures that they have the ability to make beers in their prime but they can continually change their range. They are always tweaking their recipes as they look for improvements. Cloudwater’s signature Double IPA has evolved over the last two years as the brewers have gained new inspirations, it’s currently at v3.1. They are the Heston Blumenthal of beer; adventurous, innovative, sometimes daring but it’s the end result that really matters.

Based in the centre of Manchester, underneath Piccadilly train station arches (their tap room is worth a visit), Alphabet Brewery and Chorlton Brewery are their neighbours. Sheffield might be the beer capital but Manchester is becoming a strong competitor!

What’s your budget for a good pint? Or half? Or a third? What about a glass of wine with your meal? Probably about the same. And, five quid for a pint of shitty lager or a third of something decent? Think of it like a treat, rather than a session drink, there’s plenty of other great beers to choose from after your tastebuds have been tantalised by Cloudwater anyway.

They aren’t in the worlds top 15 breweries in the world for the sake of it.

For more information on Cloudwater, visit their website. Want to taste what all the fuss is about? Pop into the Ale Club, if it’s not on tap, you’ll find some cans in the fridge to drink in or take home.

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Guest Brewery #4 Magic Rock

Magic Rock BreweryHave you looked in the fridge at your favourite beer stop and been blinded by brightly coloured cans? It’s probably one by Huddersfield breweries Magic Rock who became national favourites almost immediately.

Magic Rock CansThey started as a trio back in 2011 and the team has grown to 30, helping to supply the increasing demands and run their tap room, open 6 days a week.

Inspired by the American craft beer scene the 3 beer fans wanted to create something similar, to sell locally, which, back in early 2011 wasn’t easy to find. These days their beers are bold, unique but delicious. They like to be creative with ingredients but priorities taste over experiment and they’re available in cask, keg, bottle and can. Magic Rock haven’t reinvented the wheel, they have just improved the performance with their proactive attitude.

High Wire Magic RockHigh Wire is their ‘go-to’ beer, popular on tap or in cans, you’ll have seen it in the Ale Club. This West Coast Pale tastes of what Magic Rock were first inspired by, American pales. It’s full flavoured, hoppy and 5.5%, memorable, unless you have a few too many. The term ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ isn’t one that Magic Rock live by as they have reinvented their classic with a second version of the best seller, High Wire Grapefruit, perfect for those who love a punch of tart pink grapefruit infused in their beer.Magic Rock Grapefruit High Wire

Inhaler is a new favourite to the Magic Rock pale family, this session comes in at 4.5% and it’s tropical fruits make it easily drinkable for a sesh.

Magic Rock sours Salty KissSours aren’t for everybody but Salty Kiss is a great introduction for newbies, sharp on the first taste but the gooseberries settle down into something refreshing.

Their adventurous side comes out with the triple coffee porter, Common Grounds whilst they cater for the lager louts with Dancing Bear which will embarrass the corporate brewers.

Their tap room is based on the outskirts of Huddersfield city centre and opens Tuesdays to Sundays. At weekends they host events, food and brewery tours. For more information about Magic Rock 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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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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Guest Brewery #3 Vocation Brewery

Vocation Brewery LogoJeez, January was tough, right? Well, we’re in mid-Feb now, we’ve finished gifting for Christmas and Valentines and we are seeing the first signs of spring, exciting! We spent last month embracing Tryanuary, we tasted some lovely beers and Vocation Brewery were one of our favourites. We aren’t even going to be subtle about it, head to the Ecclesall Ale Club and we’ve got their finest  pales on the bar.

If you buy your craft beers from the supermarket then you’re probably aware of Vocation Brewery. The Hebden Bridge brewers have their cans in major supermarkets across the UK and their bold branding stands out. It’s simple but affective. It might be just a black can with a brightly coloured slogan such as ‘Pride & Joy’ or ‘Life & Death’ but it screams “drink me now”.Vocation cans

Not only is it visually appealing but the contents of the can are equally impressive. Like all good brewers, Vocation have found a formula and mastered it, the pales came first (sessions, IPAs, APAs) then they branched out to the Pilsner because there’s always somebody wanting a lager… They brew over 17,000 pints worth of beer a week! Vocation Brewery is relatively young but built with experience as it was founded by John Hickling who previously owned Blue Monkey Brewery in Nottingham.

The IPA is always a great introduction when converting a lager fan to an ale, Brewdog’s Punk, the Jaipur by Thornbridge or the Goose Island IPA tend to be the go to but Vocation’s pales are full of fruity flavours with a hoppy kick that entice the tastebuds without being over-powering and intense.

Vocation at Ale ClubCans from your local supermarket are fine but a freshly pulled pint is far more superior and we currently have Pride & Joy and Bread & Butter on the bar. You really don’t want to miss out.

Who doesn’t love a tab room? Drinking from it’s source is always a winner and Vocation & Co. is a collaboration with locals. They are open 7 days a week in West Yorkshire and if you get hungry, fear not, they have tacos! It’s well worth a day trip, more details on Vocation & Co and Vocation Brewery can be found on their website.

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New Years Eve on Ecclesall Road

Ecclesall Ale Club open for New Years EveNew Years Eve on Ecclesall Road

New Years Eve is like Marmite, it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. The pressure is on to have the best time and it can be a costly evening. The variety of events in Sheffield this year offers something for everybody.

In previous years the options were, go to a club where drinks cost double what they usually do, everybody links arms at midnight and awkwardly sings auld lang syne before paying a fortune to get home. The New Year starts with a hangover and a lot less money in the bank. This was ‘fun’…

Thankfully we have more options these days and you don’t even need to leave Eccy Road to see in the New Year.

There’s plenty going on and you no longer have to be tied to one place. The Ecclesall Ale Club will be open from 11:30am on New Years Eve and you can see in 2018 as we’ll be serving our favourite beers until 1am. Whether you want to start or end your pub crawl with some craft beers, we are here for you.

We are open throughout the festive period, including Mad Friday and Christmas Eve as we prepare for Santa’s arrival. Our bottle shop is here for takeouts or the perfect stocking fillers for the beer lovers in your life.

Why not see in 2018 with us, it’ll be better than a crowded club or a house party that runs out of booze before you’ve had the chance to raise a toast to what went down in 2017 and your New Years Resolutions.

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An alternative Christmas on Ecclesall Road

An alternative Christmas on Ecclesall Road. Christmas is all about food and drink. We’re Yorkshire, we love a good Sunday dinner, you can’t beat a roast. Meat, veg, gravy and of course, Yorkshire puddings. Sounds amazing. Christmas dinner is just a deluxe version, we don’t wanna O.D. on roast potatoes before the big day.

Luckily Ecclesall Road’s restaurants offer alternatives during the festive period. Christmas is just around the corner, it’s time to indulge is something a little less traditional.

Mud Crab SheffieldChristmas is all about sharing and the first of 3 courses on Mud Crab’s Christmas menu is a platter to share with your guests. This is followed up by BBQ mains and finished offer with deserts, all served in a casual atmosphere. £21 per guest. Available until 22nd December. Book ahead. www.mudcrabindustries.co.uk

Ashoka is an award winning Indian restaurant that offers more than your standard your curry and their Christmas menu is simply mouth watering. Gather up the fam and dine out on a 2 hour experience that celebrates quality ingredients and tastes that will blow your Santa hats off. £26 per guest. Available until 24th December. Book ahead. www.ashoka1967.com

Treat you and your family this year and dine like Italians at Nonnas. You won’t find turkey and cranberry flavoured pizzas on their Christmas menu. There’s plenty of options to choose from on this 3 courser, you’ll end up gaining a headache trying to order. Whatever you go for, you won’t be disappointed. £27.95 per guest. Available until 24th December. Book ahead. www.nonnas.co.uk

Ecclesall Road BBQThought Australians were the only ones to do BBQ for Christmas? Reds will tell you otherwise with their Christmas on Ecclesall Road menu. If you want a meat feast that will put you in a food coma until 2018 then this is the place for you as you’ll be served a healthy selection of meats. £24.95 per guest. Available throughout December. Book ahead. www.truebarbecue.com/sheffield

Some say that France is the place of great food. If that’s the case for you then Bistrot Pierre is for you. Their 3 course menu consists of of classics. £26.95 per guest. Available until 24th December. Book ahead. www.bistrotpierre.co.uk

Christmas on Ecclesall Road beer giftNow you’ve lined your stomach it’s time for a pint at the Ale Club. We’ve got some amazing beers & ciders on the bar over the festive period. We’ll be open Christmas Eve and New Years Eve too!

Struggling for stocking fillers? Our bottler shop is open 11:30am – 11pm 7 days a week with cans and bottles that make the perfect gift. We’ve got offers on our Brew Foundation range.

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Guest Brewery #1 Brew York

Brew York Craft BeerGuest Brewery #1 Brew York

As the men behind brewing there’s nothing we love more than being inspired by fellow brewers. As the men behind the bar we love nothing more than knowing that every pint we pull is going to be a hit. The Ecclesall Ale Club is where we share this love and you’ll notice the bar is heavily featuring Brew York at the minute.

Like most breweries, Brew York was created by friends who are passionate about beer. What makes them different to others is how fast they have grown. In just a couple of years Brew York went from an idea created in a pub to a fully functioning brewery with award winning beers available in cask, keg, bottle and can. They also opened a tap room on-site and pulled-off a distribution deal that saw their cans available in supermarkets nationwide. It couldn’t have been a better start for the York brewers but non of this would have happened if they hadn’t created great tasting beers.

Craft Beer Brew York cansThey have built a core-range of favourites that are influenced by American flavours, brewed with traditional British techniques. These Pale Ales have a taste of familiarity but it is the depth of flavours that makes them stand out in what is becoming a competitive area in craft beer. The Americanisms are largely visible in the percentage which tend to be over 5% without overshadowing the ingredients.

Brew York also offer a bitter and porter in the core range but they allow their creativity to flow with small batches of experimental beers and seasonal collections. The Tonkoko milk stout has beeFairytale of Brew Yorkn a particular favourite on our bar recently.

The branding has helped Brew York beers stand out from taps, fridges and shelves. Their Fairytale of Brew York collection will be a sure-fire winner this Christmas, c’mon, who doesn’t love a good pun!

Their tap room, in York, based on-site gives visitors the opportunity to taste beers at their freshest and their is a constant rotation on cask and keg.

For more details on Brew York beers and tap room, visit their website.

Want to taste? You’ll find them on our bar throughout the festive period and beyond. The Ecclesall Ale Club is open 11:30am – 11pm 7 days a week

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Sheffield, Support Your Local Businesses

What’s going on Sheffield?

Seriously, what is going on, and no, I don’t mean, events, parties etc… I mean this. sheffield micropub attack

Being a small business is hard! Especially a new small business. Even more so, a new small business which is also a pub! And then, just when things get going, another hurdle is put in front of us, I say, ‘hurdle’, I mean, a concrete slab and when I say ‘in front’, I mean, our door. We’ve only been open a couple of weeks and waking up to this last Sunday wasn’t the best surprise. Thanks. Seriously, why would someone throw concrete at our front door? They might not have got in but the damage is costly for a small business like us.smashed door eccy road

We didn’t open to annoy anybody. We opened to make people happy with beer. Unfortunately this isn’t an isolated attack. It’s clearly more than some drunk having a wild night… Just a couple of weeks ago our neighbours, The Beer House had a similar incident, however they had their premises entered and a charity box stolen. The Bar Stewards in Shalesmoor were attacked twice in a week and The Itchy Pig in Ranmoor also had concrete thrown at their door.

Sheffield is all about celebrating DIY culture. Why would anybody want to stop this? Is this an attack against small businesses or micropubs?

ale club bar dec 1Let’s rise above this and continue to do what people love us for, beer. This week our guest beers include Imperial Tonkoko Stout, X Panda Session IPA and Vermont IPA by Brew Yorkale club bar 3 decThe Garden Brewery’s Samphire Sour, Milk Stout from Gun Brewery, Arbor’s Blue Sky Drinking, BAD Co. Summer Breeze, Sandiway Hop Schism, DEYA Brewing Company’s Into The Haze, Hawkes Urban Orchard Apple Cider and many more, including our very own Brew Foundation. Sounds delicious, right?eccy ale club bar dec 2

It’s party season and we are going to be open throughout the festive period, including Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Here’s what you can expect on the bar over the next few weeks.Coming up in Decemnrt

Still buying Christmas gifts? We are open from 11:30am 7 days a week with a fridge full of bottles and cans of our favourite beers from around the world. You’ll be top gifter if you sling some in a stocking. Our Brew Foundation gift boxes are on offer too. 4 bottles for a tenner, bargain!

Support your local businesses, brewers and makers this Christmas, we need all the love we can get right now!

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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.