To help kick of Sheffield Beer Week on Saturday 12th March, True North – who until now had brewed their beer at Welbeck Abbey or Stancill Brewery – opened up their new Sheffield City Centre brewhouse to visitors.
Representatives of True North were available to answer questions about the brewery and a range of beers were available to try including a couple on cask (the Oatmeal Pale went down well) and a couple on keg – their pilsener lager and a premium IPA that was brewed in collaboration with North Union Brewing – as well as a couple of guest craft keg beers. Also present was Jules from Hop Hideout with her Sheffield Beer Week organiser’s hat on!
The brewery is on Eldon Street behind the Forum Cafe Bar (which is owned by the same people as the brewery) looking out onto Devonshire Green in an old brick building with bags of character.
Shiny brewing vessels line two sides of the rectangular room along with a temporary visitors bar, gin distilling equipment and a coffee roaster. It is intended to roast coffee for their chain of bars and restaurants. The gin distillery is to relocate to the Blue Stoops at Dronfield once the building work is complete there.
The fourth side of the room is lined with tables for visitors to sit and drink – they intend to open the brewery and bar up to visitors about once a month for special events.
There are a number of classic London Soho neon signs hanging around the brewery as a bit of an in joke, this is explained by a notice taped up by the entrance to the toilets – it is reference to some research that suggested the reaction of many men the first time they walk into a brewery is similar to the first time they walk into a sex shop! The old kid in a sweet shop thing huh?!