Inn Brief

A recent planning application to Sheffield Council is a proposed ‘micro-pub’ to replace a former e-cigarette store at 623 Ecclesall Road (near Hunters Bar). The applicants say the concept is ‘keep it small, keep it simple’, with a limited range of real ales, ciders, soft drinks, wine, tea and coffee. If the planning application is approved, there will be no keg beer, no hot food, no amplified music, no TVs and no electronic games. The emphasis will be on “convivial conversation,” say John Harrison and Chris Sinclair in their submission. The pub would be open until 11 pm seven days a week, the application stating that: “the presence of loud and badly behaved persons is counterproductive to attracting the target patronage and their presence would be actively discouraged.”

Bedford brewery Wells & Young’s is to revert to its former name of Charles Wells. Wells & Young’s was created in 2006 with the closure of Young’s brewery in Wandsworth, London, and the merger of production with Charles Wells. Young’s has since withdrawn from the partnership to focus on pubs and the business is now entirely owned by Charles Wells, hence the reversion to the company’s previous name. Wells will continue to supply Young’s beers to its former partner.

Ten years ago, in August 2004, Kelham Island Pale Rider became Champion Beer of Britain (CBoB) at CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival. Twenty years ago, the winner was also from Yorkshire, Timothy Taylor’s Landlord was CBoB for the third time. This year, again from Yorkshire, Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker. Who’s up for 2024?

Pop up German bar – Das Fat Cat @ 23b alma street.  The Fat Cat will again be holding a small German beer festival starting from the 2nd of October , with a bit of live music and a bbq on Saturday night .

A ‘Hop Forward’ beer festival is to be held at the Bath Hotel on Victoria Street (off Glossop Road, a short walk from West Street or University tram stops) from 2nd to 5th October.

Wetherspoons next beer festival is to be held from 17th October to 2nd November.

Inn Brief, Pubs
Andy Cullen

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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