Brewery Bits

Triple Point Brewhouse & Bar on Shoreham Street (the premises that used to be Sentinel Brewery) have racked their first full brew of “Debut IPA” following a couple of test brews to gain feedback. They have also supplied a beer to the bar at the Crucible Theatre that tied in with the “Standing at the Sky’s Edge” show being performed there, the beer is “Sky’s Edge Gold”.

Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell have commenced the 2019 dates for their brewery tap room socials. As before every month there is a Wednesday and Saturday where the bar in the visitors centre is open alongside the brewery shop, offering a range of their current beers along with a street food trader and the ability to book brewery tours. The next couple of Saturday events (open 12-8pm) are 27th April and 25th May with the Wednesday events (5-9pm) on the 24th April and 29th May.

Northern Monk brewery of Leeds has brewed a Henderson’s Relish beer! It’s first appearance on tap was a keg in Brewdog on 10th April with cask appearing in the Rutland Arms and others whilst in cans it appeared in various outlets including Hop Hidout, Beer Central and Archer Road Beer Stop. The beer is a Bloody Mary Porter, which seems like a fairly traditional porter on initial taste but with a Bloody Mary style after taste and a bit of gentle spice burn that builds up on the throat!

At the time of writing, On the Edge Brewery have announced the first three of the nine beers brewed for their 9 Pin event at Regather Works on 27th April. These are White Magnum, a 3.8% pale ale brewed with Magnum hops. The second is White Feathers, also 3.8%, a wheat beer brewed with traditional Czech hops and a wheat beer yeast. The third beer is Summit Gold, a hoppy session ale at 3.9% ABV.

Drone Valley Brewery are now opening up for a tap session in the brewery every Saturday from 11am to 5pm. You can grab a pint to drink on site or buy bottles to take home. The brewery is in Unstone, just south of Dronfield, buses 43 and 44 from Sheffield stop at the end of the drive. On Saturday 1st June this tap session will be expanded to form part of the fringe festival alongside the CAMRA beer festival in Dronfield with a full beer range, music, food and gin!

Neepsend Brewery are now back in the routine of opening their brewery bar once a month for drinkers to come in and try their latest beers at source. This event coincides with Peddlers Market on the Saturday of the first weekend of the month.

Loxley Brewery will be supplying some of their beers to the ‘Eats, Beats and Treats’ tent located at the top of Fargate at Sheffield Food festival this year, which runs from 24th to 27th May. This may or may not include one of their most recent beers, Wisewood Eight, a very pale and refreshing 3.8% ABV session beer brewed with Motueka and Amarillo hops.

Heist Brew Co in Clowne has released a collab brew with Alphabet Brewing. It is a white stout in a black forest gateaux style with the flavour delivering mountains of chocolate with cherry and a thick mouthfeel.

Vadum Brewery, a cuckoo working out of Hill Top brewery in Conisborough have started supplying their beers to pubs in Sheffield and have been spotted in the Fat Cat amongst others. Their range is mainly very traditional, for example the Centurion Best Bitter – a 4% malty brew – however they have already broken those shackles with a West Coast IPA!

Magic Rock of Huddersfield is now an internationally owned brewery having been bought by Lion, an Australian headquartered company that has also bought a number of other craft brewers around the world including Fourpure and Little Creatures as well as a number of mainstream brands. Magic Rock will see the new owners invest in expansion of the brewery which is currently struggling to meet demand. News of the new owners hasn’t proved popular amongst some fans of independent craft brewers however and a number of pubs and bars including the Rutland Arms and Bar Stewards in Sheffield have decided to replace their regular Magic Rock line with a different brewer, in the case of the Rutland the keg High Wire is being replaced by beers from the Kernel on a rotating basis.

Mr Humphrey Smith of Samuel Smiths Brewery has issued one of his now famous memos to his pub managers and now use of electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablets are banned from his pubs in order to preserve the pub as a place for personal social interaction. If a customer needs to take a phone call they will be asked to do that outside with the smokers. This ban joins the strict rule of no swearing at Sam Smiths pubs, which includes the Brown Bear in Sheffield City Centre. The Old Mother Redcap at Bradway, another of their pubs, remains closed, seemingly due to difficulties recruiting a management couple to run it.


About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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