Abbeydale Brewery

Well I can’t believe it’s coming round to the festive time of the year already, we would like to wish everybody Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! And what a year it has been! So much we could talk about, but firstly lets talk about our two pubs!

We were delighted that the Devonshire Cat was awarded November Pub Of The Month, and this was a fitting way for our exiting manager, Josh, to sign off with! Thank you to all that came down to celebrate with us. We are equally delighted to announce that our new manager is Elizabeth Casserly, who moves over from the Sheffield Tap. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge and I’m sure she will continue to improve the pub in every department.

The Rising Sun has been undergoing a mammoth expansion project, which is hopefully finished by the time you are reading this! Now with a full kitchen, extra drinking and dining area, and new toilets, we hope that you will come in and enjoy the new environment, with a warm welcome from Ryan, Nicole and their team! The kitchen is being run by our Head Chef from the Devonshire Cat, Pete Lightfoot, and expect the same high quality, freshly prepared pub food. Serving times are TBC.  Also keep an eye out for the brand new website and social media presence for the pub! (

As much as 2015 has been a great year for the brewery, 2016 is going to MASSIVE! We celebrate our 20th birthday, plus SunFest’s 10th birthday! There will be a range of very special 20th birthday beers released at various points throughout the year and you may even see our beer in containers that we have yet to use before now!!! However that’s all I’m allowed to say right now (“Yes – shut up now Robin!” – Dan)!


Onto beers that I can talk about, our festive offerings from Dr Morton, ‘Our Wayne In A Manger’ and ‘Turkey Surprise’ should be hitting the bar by now, but also look out for ‘Thaw’ (4.8%, pale) and ‘Snowdrift’ (4.0%, pale with orange and cloves) in December and early January. Getting ready for all those New Year promises we bring back ‘Resolution’ a 4.2% pale beer that is sure to keep you on track (unless you give up drinking for January!)



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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  1. Had a few abbeydale beers on a visit to Bradford at the weekend. Brilliant, I will try to visit Sheffield soon to sample more. Do you have any outlets in Liverpool or Chester?

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