Award winning beers

At our Steel City beer festival held last October at Ponds Forge, the opening night saw several panels of judges – a mixture of CAMRA members, publicans, brewers, writers and random drinkers – tasting most of the beers in the festival to decide which were the best examples of their styles.

The winning brewers are presented with their certificate in front of an appreciative crowd at the Steel City Beer Awards night held at Thornbridge Hall on Friday 28th February.

We’d like to thank all those involved with the awards night including the winning brewers for providing beer, Thornbridge for providing the venue and Richard Ryan for organising the night, all played their part in making it happen and at a very affordable ticket price.

SO, the winning beers….

Mild Category – Brampton Brewery : Brampton Mild
brampton mild
Dark, roasted and jam packed full of flavour. Actually it’s very difficult to describe as the characteristics change so much the longer it is allowed to condition for. Brampton Mild is not so much a meal in a glass as a 5-course banquet. Coffee, toffee and caramel tones tease your taste buds and warm your cockles.

Bitter Category – Sportsman Brewing Company of Huddersfield : Darker Shade of Ale

A session strength Bitter at just 3.9% and darker than most, punches above its weight in the flavour stakes.

Best Bitter Category – Ashover Brewery : Littlemore Citra
Pale and a little fruity, this single hopped Best Bitter is mighty refreshing!

Strong Bitter Category – Tigertops : Black Hop

Porter Category – Acorn Brewery : Old Moor Porter
A full bodied victorian style porter with hints of liquorice. The initial bitterness gives way to a smooth, mellow finish.

Stout Category – Wentworth Brewery : Sloe Stout

Champion Beer of Sheffield
A separate competition, each brewery located in Sheffield selected one of their beers for a taste off against each other, the results…
Gold – The Brew Company, Crazy Horse IPA
Silver – Sheffield Brewery Company, Sheffield Porter
Bronze (joint) – Abbeydale Brewery, Black Mass
Bronze (joint) – Bradfield Brewery, Farmers Blonde



About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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