2017 sees Sheffield Beer Week celebrate its third year as a city-wide beer festival and umbrella beer-focused event occurring in multiple venues throughout the second week in March. It is with great excitement that the first few breweries have been announced for 2017 #SheffBeerWeek events. Follow updates as they are released via our Twitter. Not only do we have great local breweries such as Neepsend, Thornbridge and Abbeydale all getting involved but a list of national and international breweries including Beavertown and Belgian family brewer Brouwerij De Brabandere, so far. Can’t wait to share more with you all in the next few weeks! With around 5,000 people visiting the city for Beer Alive (formerly Beer X festival), organiser Jules Gray sees Sheffield Beer Week (13-19 March) as a real opportunity to show off the very best of our beer scene. In addition to forming networks, collaborations (locally, nationally and globally) and encouraging additional visitors to Sheffield. In addition to the Society of Independent Brewers’ national conference and beer festival, a new beer-focused conference is launching called – Beer Now. This inaugural conference will look to attract additional beer industry professionals to Sheffield and is focused on marketing, communications and tourism. After 2016’s University of Sheffield commissioned Beer Report written by broadcaster Pete Brown, it is great to see traction building in Sheffield’s beer scene. Jules Gray, joint proprietor of Hop Hideout award-winning beer shop and tasting room, on Abbeydale Road, said: “I’m really pleased to see the year on year interest grow throughout Sheffield and beyond in its appetite for celebrating beer. Beer tourism is a growing area and I see this as a crucial cog to Sheffield’s continued beer success and positive economic growth city-wide. It’s really exciting to be part of developing this expanding annual event. I want to give a big thanks to all those who have been involved in previous years and look forward 2017’s plans as they gather apace.” Sheffield Beer Week runs from 13 to 19th March. Head to http://sheffieldbeerweek.co.uk. If you’re interested in holding an event, contact Sheffield Beer Week at email@example.com for more information.