Firstly it’s that time of year again – SunFest! We are celebrating our 10th anniversary of the festival, so expect to see 120+ beers (with at least 100 on cask across the tent and the pub!) Keep an eye peeled on social media outlets for the beer list prior to attendance, there is going to be some beauties on sale! Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th at The Rising Sun, Fulwood Road. Plenty of food and entertainment across the weekend too. As always we are supporting a local charity and this year we have chosen to support the Seven Hills WI, whose nominated charity this year is Light Sheffield, helping Sheffield families affected by perinatal mental health illnesses, including Post Natal Depression and anxiety. Please find more information at sevenhillswi.blogspot.co.uk and lightsheffield.org.uk
Right onto the beer! Last Rites made a very long awaited return last month, and the 10 casks we filled were instantly snapped up, although when they will appear on the bar is anybody’s guess (but I would bet some will be around Christmas!). The rest of the brew has been put into (evil) kegs and some more 750ml sharing bottles. Look out for these in Beer Central, Dev Cat, Dram Shop, Hop Hideout, Rising Sun, Turners, Starmore Boss and Walkley Beer Co.
We have been very busy hosting foreign brewers over the last couple of months, and the Hop Smash should be appearing on the bar already which is our 7.4% American IPA with freshly squeezed Grapefruit juice and zest. This beast of a brew was brewed with Bret Kuhnhenn from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company from Michigan. Look out for some bottles of this one as well!
Brand new as well is ‘Sipper’ a Session IPA (or SIPA if you will) and this combines six glorious hops for a refreshing citrus punch! Very easy drinking beer at 3.7%. The pump clip is the first in a new series of ‘Beer Heads’ by the very talented Carl Flint.
After the phenomenal reaction to Laura’s ‘Lady Ra Ra’, we have another staff brewster with her Signature beer, Liz, our GM down at the Dev Cat, brewed her nod to our cousins over the pond with ‘Red, Wit and Blue’, a 4.6% Red Rye Wheat beer with American hops.
There is another Lost Treasure series beer released this month too with ‘Aztec Gold’, a 4.1% single hopped pale beer with Azacca hops from the US. Expect plenty of citrus and tropical fruit flavours bursting through.
As mentioned earlier, we are supporting Seven Hills WI at SunFest, and the annual SunFest special beer will be a 4.1% Lemongrass and Earl Grey Pale Ale. 10p from every pint will be donated by the brewery to the WI and in turn to Light Sheffield. As we go to print, the name is still TBC!
There will be a new birthday beer too, look out for ‘Full Moon Lager’ our twist on our flagship beer Moonshine. We’ve been told Moonshine has converted many a lager drinker over the last twenty years, so we thought we’d pay homage to that!
Cheers and beers! Robin – Abbeydale Brewery