We went up to Sheffield for the weekend to scout out what it’s all about! Sheffield has always been one of the hot spots of the British beer scene, with many breweries forming around the Industrial Revolution. Nowadays, Sheffield has adapted with plenty of new innovative breweries and bars popping up, while retaining its style and tradition. With one brewery for every 23,991 people, churning out over 1,000 different beers each year, and with 400 different beers to enjoy all year around, it is no wonder that Sheffield is referred to as the Real Ale Capital of the World! Our time was limited, but we had our Blundstone Boots on and were ready to go! Here’s where we managed to hit up…
Overlooking the River Don on the legendary Kelham Island and about 10 minutes ride from the cracking Parkwood Springs mountain bike trail, the location of this pub is idyllic. With a fair few pumps on the go and a fantastic range of cask keg and bottles, this place is definitely worth a visit. The food is EPIC too, with both veggie and vegan options.
Indie Beer Feast
Our next stop too us to the first ever Indie Beer Feast! Set in the iconic Abbeydale Picture House, which originally opened in 1920 and closed as a cinema in 1975, it almost looks frozen in time, with some of the old projectors from the ‘30s and ‘50s still knocking around the place! Beneath the old school balconies was the main cinema area with the seats still there where you could chill with your brew. Surrounding the seats was a whole array of fantastic breweries and be including Abbeydale Brewery, Blackjack Beers, Black Iris Brewery, Lost Industry Brewing, Mad Hatter Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Elusive Brewing, Thornbridge Brewery, Fourpure Brewing Co., Vertical Drinks, Kirkstall Brewery, Dry and Bitter Brewing, Torrside Brewing, Magic Rock Brewing, Turning Point Brew Co., Moor Beer, Brew York, Runaway Brewery, North Brew Co., and also a cracking Hop Hideout International Bar, plus fantastic food from Little Bao Boy, Signor Arancini, South Street Food and Barmies. Set up by Jules Gray, who is the Co-Founder of award-winning beer shop & tasting room Hop Hideout, it was clear that it was a huge success. We came pretty late in the day, so we had to work fast but our top brews of the evening were Turning Point Brew Co. Disco King (an easy going American Pale Ale), Turning Point Brew Co. Disco Flux (a dangerously good Double APA) and North Brewing Co. Kurious Oranj (an orange IPA that really turned heads). The time and energy was clearly put in to make this one of the highlights at the kick-off Sheffield Beer Week, so hats off guys, we can’t wait till the next one!
The Rutland Arms
We then moved onto the famous Rutland Arms, one of the beer Mecca’s of Sheffield. This pub was AWESOME, with random mannequins knocking around the place, 7 real ales from around the country and a fantastic range of craft brews from the likes of Magic Rock, Mikkeller, and To Øl. But the highlight of this place had to be their vintage jukebox with old school tunes blasting out and suddenly the whole pub erupted into dance. It was EPIC, this was the place to really get the party started!
The Beer House
This was a fantastic little dig – a pop up bar with 6 hand-pumps on the go and some great keg brews too. Apparently an old e-cigarette shop, this place has been transformed into a rustic, shabby-chic setting, cosy and with a log fire too!
Craft & Dough
Our final stop was back at Kelham Island to Craft & Dough. Now this was a cracking feed, artisan pizza and craft beer… what could be better! Everyone here was uber friendly and we had some fantastic pizza accompanied by some lush brews… Their range is eye-watering! 🙂
Our stay was short and there were definitely many other places that we wanted to hit up, but we WILL be back for more!