We all love talking about beer, right? Well, a group of beer lovers have taken that a step further by starting a podcast dedicated to the industry, with a strong slant towards Sheffield.
The Sheffield Hopcast was started by friends Adam Nicholson and James Marriott at the start of the year. Sean Clarke from Beer Central at the Moor Market, and beer blogger Laura Rangeley, who works at Abbeydale Brewery, came on board to complete their line-up.
Each month the group get together in a different venue in Sheffield and taste test four beers on a particular theme. In each episode they also Meet The Brewer – a feature where they interview someone from one of the breweries in Sheffield. They have also run special features from local events, such as Indie Beer Feast and the Sheffield University Students’ Union Beer Festival, and had a go at their own Beer World Cup in June’s episode.
The July episode was recorded at the offices of Tramlines, where they helped to launch this year’s Tramlines Ale (brewed by Abbeydale), looked forward to the event and reflected on the sad news of the death of co-founder and director Sarah Nulty just a few days before.
July also saw the launch of a second monthly podcast, the Hopcast Half-Pint, where Adam and James get together to try a couple of new beers and review the latest news in the Sheffield beer scene, upcoming events, and discuss any big happenings in the beer industry.
The team are making plans for a special episode recorded at Kelham Island Museum on the eve of the Sheffield Beer Festival in October this year.
Anyone who would like publicity for any local beer events, or to invite them to record an episode at their venue, should email firstname.lastname@example.org or DM on Twitter @SheffHopcast.
James said: “The four of us have a great dynamic and we really enjoy recording the Hopcast every month. It’s genuinely four people who love beer coming together for a chat and to have a few drinks. We try to cover all styles of beer, from traditional ales, right through to fancy double dry hopped DIPAs and sours – everything really. Hopefully anyone who enjoys beer will find it an interesting listen.”
To find out more or listen, visit www.sheffieldhopcast.co.uk, or search for Sheffield Hopcast in your phone’s podcast app.