The Miners Arms at Hundall has had more handpumps installed with 5 real ales now available. The regular beer on the bar is Abbeydale Moonshine with the other 4 beers regularly changing – on the day the extra pumps went live breweries represented included Shiny, Fuggle Bunny, Oldershaws and Lincoln Green. The Dronfield Arms, under the management of Edd Entwhistle, has made an effort to feature a more interesting beer range and a 7th handpump is due to be installed. There are also plans to install a brewery in the downstairs area previously used as a restaurant. The Beer Stop at Dronfield has reviewed trading figures over their first few months and settled on opening hours, keeping in mind there is only one person running it who has no staff as yet! The Beer Stop is basically a bottled beer shop with an excellent range that is regularly updated, however they also do a couple of handpulled cask ales and you can drink inside or takeaway. The new hours are Tuesday 4pm – 7pm; Wednesday & Thursday 12 – 8pm; Friday & Saturday 12 – 9pm. Sunday opening may be introduced in the summer. The Beer Stop is on Facebook and Twitter, follow on there for latest news! The Old No7 bar in Barnsley is holding an Easter beer festival from 2nd to 6th April which also coinsides with the Barnsley v Sheffield Utd match for all the Blades and Reds reading this! It will feature 23 casks ales, 10 ciders/perrys and a selection of craft keg and bottles from around the world. The Eyre Arms at Calver has reopened with beers from the Marstons range. The Rivelin is due to reopen under new management and is now being run by the same people as the Old Horns in High Bradfield. The 82 Stannington bus goes there. The Sidings at Brinsworth has had some changes and is now known as the Thirsty Flame. Real Ale now features with Chantry’s Man of Steel being amongst the first casks on the bar. The Closed Shop at Commonside is holding a beer festival from the 21st to 24th May. You can get there easily via the 95 bus and food is available daily until 9pm. The main sign on the front of the Tune Inn @ Royal Standard in Sheffield Centre recently got damaged in bad weather and has been taken down to reveal a bit of unknown heritage – the original tiled pub sign! Beer Central, the excellent bottled beer shop in the Moor Markets, have reported hot demand for Thornbridge’s current big three beers, including Cocoa Wonderland which on cask won the beer of the festival competition at our Steel City Beer Festival last October and Jaipur X, the 10% special edition of Jaipur to celebrate the brewery’s 10th birthday. Other notable specialist off-licences in Sheffield for beer include the Archer Road Beer Stop, Hop Hideout, Beeches of Walkley, Starmoor-Boss and the Dram Shop. The Ship Inn at Shalesmoor has closed down following a change in ownership. It is understood that it should reopen as a pub in due course.