On Friday 8 February, myself and some friends attended the second annual Indie Beer Feast beer festival at the Abbeydale Picture House. Now in its second year and expanded from one day to two, Indie Beer Feast focuses on the very best independent craft beer from both the UK and further afield. This year it also boasted some fantastic food stalls and live entertainment on both days.
It was organised once again this year by Jules Gray, co-owner of Hop Hideout and director of Sheffield Beer Week. As I write this, we are right in the midst of Sheffield Beer Week, an excellent event for all Sheffield beer lovers packed full of tap takeovers, beer festivals and much more. For this year’s event there were several ‘first pours’ including a few special kegs which were the only ones in existence!
The group I went with was a real mix, with several people who hadn’t been to a beer festival before. One of the best things about this local, independent festival is how welcoming it is to people of all beery persuasions from first time samplers to experienced veterans of many a festival! There was a real family feel walking around the venue, with big hugs and smiles from many brewers recognising people from previous events.
The venue is also a huge selling point for this festival, and unique among the many events I’ve been to in the past. Situated in the old picture house, all the different stands are properly packed in giving it an intimate feel whilst at the same time the huge ceiling and upper levels make it feel quite grand!
Overall then, a fantastic event which seems to be really hitting it’s stride after two highly successful days which even included a visit from the Lord Mayor Magid Magid. I think I can speak for the whole of Sheffield’s beer and brewing community when I say we can’t wait for next years event!