Abbeydale Brewery

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who came down to our festival at the Devonshire Cat in early October! It was a brilliant festival atmosphere with loads of tasty Brit-hopped beers being drunk and some great local live acts which got everyone on their feet. We also raised over £200 for Blind Veterans UK. Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to be a Catfest kitten!

The extension and refurbishment at the Rising Sun is now almost complete – we’re all massively looking forward to seeing the results. Thanks to all for bearing with us during the work, we’re sure it will have been worth the wait. More details on this to come including news on the launch party (keep your eyes peeled on social media)… exciting times ahead!


After our array of Halloween-y themed beers, we’ve got a bit of a break before our C*****mas range comes out. First up is the next in our Brit Hop Albion series, Burning Gold – 4.1%. This will feature Archer hops, which give a good whack of traditional bitterness, balanced by a delicate peachy aroma and hints of citrus. Bring me my beer: O clouds unfold!

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We’ll also have Prophecy – 4.5%, a pale ale using the imaginatively named American hop “Experimental #256”, along with some Summit, both of which promise to deliver bold citrussy notes including grapefruit and tangerine.

Invocation has been brought back from the beery archives with a bit of a twist… we’re unleashing the Super Alpha! Dr Rudi is a New Zealand hop variety with pine and lemongrass flavours to provide a crisp, bitter bite. We’ll be adding in some other Australian and New Zealand hops too along with some fresh lemongrass.

Look out for two new Doctor Morton’s beers towards the end of the month as we head towards something resembling sort of festive, with Moose Abuse Juice (3.8%) and Our Wayne (4.1%) both becoming available. Whilst we’re on a seasonal theme, the Christmas menu at the Devonshire Cat is now available for bookings and will be offered from December 1st – please call the pub directly on 0114 2796700 for more information


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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