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It’s the Sharrow Vale Christmas Market on 4th December!

On Sunday the 4th December it is the Sharrow Vale Christmas Market! The Sharrow Vale Markets are always popular but the Christmas one is awesome, with loads of fantastic stall holders selling all the Christmas gift ideas you can think of.

We’ll be there with our bar selling pints of Janet’s Treat Porter and First Light on cask, plus Hops & Dreams and Laughing Water on keg.

We’ll also have special offers on our bottled beer gift packs (4 beers for £10 in a Christmas gift box) that make the ideal Christmas present for … anyone who loves beer!

Make sure you come on over for a drink, a Christmas pressie and to say hello.


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Two amazing beer festivals this week

This week, two of our favourite CAMRA branches are holding their annual beer festivals and there are Brew Foundation beers at both!

The Stoke Beer and Cider Festival is taking place at Fenton Manor Sports Complex from Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd October, and the Sheffield Beer and Cider Festival is taking place at Kelham Island Museum from Wednesday 19th October to Saturday 22nd October.

At the Stoke Beer Festival there will be Hops & Dreams and Little Bitter That, and at the Sheffield Beer Festival there will be Pop and Little Bitter That.

Both festivals have a mind boggling range of beers, ciders and meads on offer, with Sheffield also having a keg bar! There is entertainment and food at both but be aware: make sure you get there early in order to avoid disappointment because both events are incredibly popular. We’d hate for all the beer to have gone by the time your arrive.


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Video preview of Temporary Pop Up Restaurant with Pie Eyed

So as you’re all aware, I’m sure, we’re doing the bar at this Saturday’s Temporary Pop Up Restaurant at Union Street in Sheffield. Pie Eyed are providing the fantastic food and we’re providing the delicious drinks. It’s just £20 for two courses, either a starter and main, or main and desert. The Brew Foundation will be there selling pints (or halves if you must) of First Light, Hops & Dreams, Hop & Glory and Little Bitter That, plus red and white wine, and soft drinks.

Here’s James from The Brew Foundation giving a sneak peek of what’s on offer on Saturday evening:

There are literally a couple of tables left so get in touch with Temporary Pop Up Restaurant via their website here.

We’ll see you there!

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Brew Foundation at Highland Fling at Graves Park

On Bank Holiday Monday (2nd May) Graves Park in Sheffield will be playing host to the 13th annual “Highland Fling” Country Fair.

This free family-friendly event features a fun dog show, birds of prey, sheep shearing, train rides, fairground rides, the ever-popular Highland cattle show and…ferret racing! Now who doesn’t love a good ferret race?!?

Our friends at Box Bar are bringing their shipping-container-converted-into-a-luxury-bar set up (it looks AWESOME) and they’ll be pouring pints of lovely Brew Foundation beer (because watching ferret racing is thirsty work!). They’ll be serving Hops & Dreams and Hop & Glory, both on keg tap, all day at the event.

Graves Park animal farm will also be open where children and adults can enjoy the company of pigs, goats, donkeys, hens, rabbits, guinea pigs and newborn lambs and calves.

So if you’re children love animals and you love beer, you know where you need to be on Monday! – Graves Park!

More details about Highland Fling can be found here.

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Brew Foundation beer now permanently on at Hallam Union

We’re very proud to announce that Bar Pheonix at Sheffield Hallam Students Union (HUBS) now has it’s very own Brew Foundation hand pull serving our cask ales to thirsty Sheffield students.Brew Foundation hand pump at Hallam HUBS

After the success of having our bottles on sale at Bar Pheonix we installed a cask ale hand pump (well, Inn Cellar Equipment did it for us but we’ll claim the credit) making cask ale finally available at Hallam Union again.

We’ll be putting on a rotating range of our lovely cask beer so that Sheffield Hallam students can always enjoy a Brew Foundation cask conditioned beer in between their studies.

Currently Hops & Dreams is on the bar and First Light is coming on soon.

Bottles of all our beers are still available from the fridges behind the bar if you fancy trying the whole range in one night!

Keep your eyes peeled for our new dark fruit porter coming out in May. It will be available in cask and bottles at Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union as soon as it’s ready.


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The Brew Foundation beers to be at Road To Wigan Beer Festival

The lovely people at All Gates Brewery in Wigan are currently preparing for their 9th Road to Wigan Beer Festival. This awesome beer fest consists of 30+ breweries, 90+ beers, over 11 days, across 7 pubs! The festival begins on Thursday 24th March and runs until Sunday 3rd April 2016.

Here at The Brew Foundation we have supplied our 4.6% American pale ale, First Light, and our 4% session IPA, Hops & Dreams for their Road to Wigan Beer Festival; so keep your eyes out for it at the following participating pubs:

The Anvil, Dorning Street, Wigan.

The Hare and Hounds, Ladies Lane, Hindley.

The Victoria, Haigh Village, Wigan.

The Whie Lion, Leigh Road, Leigh.

The Union Arms, Castle Street, Tyldesley.

The Crooke Hall Inn, Crooke Village, Wigan.

Jolly Nailor, Market Street, Atherton.

More information, such as beer list (coming soon), can be found on All Gates Brewery website here.

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More Hops & Dreams is on its way!

Thank you everyone! The demand for our new beer Hops & Dreams has been such that we’ve sold all the casks and kegs of it in a week! (There are still bottles left so don’t panic). We’ve brewed another 2000 litres which we’re racking on Friday so you won’t be thirsty for long!

Keep checking our Facebook and Twitter channels for where you’ll be able to find it next.

Just to keep you all in the loop we’re planning to do a bigger brother of Hops & Dream, called something like Hop & Glory, which will be a 4.8 or 4.9 IPA made from the same three hops (but more of them) as Hops & Dreams.

We’re not sure whether to launch this beer next or do a dark beer for a change, such as a porter (called Janet Street! – a name concocted with thanks to Duncan at the Fat Cat pub)

Which do you think we should do next?


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Hops & Dreams available from Tuesday 12th January

Hops & Dreams will be available in our stockists from tomorrow, Tuesday 12th January.

To welcome in the new(ish) year we’re launching our third beer; Hops & Dreams. It’s an easy drinking hoppy session IPA made from Magnum, Cascade and Rakau hops.

We’re picking up the bottles from the bottling plant tomorrow so a few places will have bottle stock tomorrow afternoon. The casks were racked last Tuesday so we are starting to distribute them on Wednesday (13th Jan). We’re even doing a limited number of kegs to go into a few select places so keep a close eye on our social media channels (Twitter and Facebook) for who’s got it on and when.

We’re really excited about this one and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.


James and Robert.



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Hops and Dreams, session IPA, coming January 2016

Yesterday was a great day! I started brewing our third beer; a 4% session IPA called Hops and Dreams. We wanted to make a beer that is moreish enough to be a great session beer but flavoursome enough to satisfy anyone’s hop addiction.

Hops & Dreams is brewed using Magnum, Cascade and Rakau hops to give it a citrus, floral, resinous, “hoppy” aroma and flavour. It has a pale ale malt base to allow the three hops to work their magic on your senses. Magnum hops

Two lots of Magnum are added to give body and flavour, then lots of Cascade hops are added at the end of the boil for plenty of floral and fruity aroma.

Magnum hop going into Brew Foundation beer


In a few days time I’ll dry hop the brew with Rakau hops to give it a tropical fruit aroma and flavour.

We are putting it into cask, keg and bottles on the 4th January so it will be ready to go from the 11th January 2016.

Keep your eyes peeled for it from our usual stockists plus other great beer establishments across Sheffield, Cheshire and Manchester. Please contact us if you would like to stock any of Brew Foundation’s beers: Hops & Dreams, First Light or Bitter That.