The Walkley Beer Company in a previous brief and festive life was the Crookes Ale House, a pop up experiment by local lad Kit Challis back in Christmas 2013 to test the market for a micropub in the area. During its brief existence in a former fancy dress shop a range of 3 cask ales and 12 bottled beers were available in basic surroundings.
The idea proved a hit and the Ale House returned in a different shop unit, a former florist shop, in Walkley, naturally renamed given the new location – the Walkley Beer Company.
The Walkley Beer Company opens just at weekends to fit around the owners day job with three cask ales and a craft keg line on the bar on Thursday evening along with an expanding selection of bottled world beers. The Walkley Beer Company also opens Friday evenings and Saturday and the draught beers remain on sale until they run out. A new selection gets put on the following weekend. This means the beer is always served fresh and the selection is usually quite interesting.
Technically the Walkley Beer Company isn’t actually a micropub – it is an off licence shop with a tasting bar. Either way a small, basic and friendly environment is provided to sit and enjoy good beer and the format has proved a success. Bottled beers and cask ales are available to takeaway too and the shop side has started to expand into catering for the requirements of home brewers with malt, hops and yeast available to buy.
Sheffield & District CAMRA members have voted the Walkley Beer Company as the winner of the July Pub of the Month award and they will be opening specially to receive the certificate on the evening of Tuesday 12th July, all are welcome to join us from 8pm for a drink and to show support at the presentation.
You can find the Walkley Beer Company at 362 South Road, Walkley, on bus routes 31, 31a and 95 – bus stops almost right outside the shop. Normal opening hours are Thursday 4pm to 8pm, Friday & Saturday 2pm to 10pm.