This year at our Steel City Beer & Cider Festival we’ll be hosting the CAMRA Champion Beer of Sheffield competition with all the breweries in Sheffield & District invited to enter a cask beer. The winner will be chosen through a blind tasting process with panels of judges, including a number from the pub industry, tasting and rating all the beers entered. There are currently 22 brewing companies producing real ale in Sheffield, plus Intrepid out in the Peak District near Bradwell.
The judging will take place on the first day of the festival, commencing during the Wednesday trade preview (we open to the public at 5pm but those in the pub and beer business are invited to apply in advance for guest list places to get in a little earlier) and we will announce the winning brewery at the festival early on Wednesday evening.
If you aren’t there to hear the results on stage but want to try the award winning beer, look out for posters around the festival with details of the winner and which bar you can find it on (whilst stocks last!).
As well as Champion Beer of Sheffield, we will be running a Visitors’ Choice award. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday sessions you will be given a voting slip with your festival glass when you enter the festival, simply note your top three beers and ciders you enjoyed at the festival to vote for them. You can also put your email address on there to be entered into a prize draw to win some bottled beers. We will present an award to the beer and cider that gets the most votes from visitors with the results announced at the festival on Saturday afternoon.