The Devonshire Cat in Sheffield City Centre is hosting a meet the brewer event with Wilde Child on 25th April. The Saturday of Easter weekend saw the final day of food service by Wing Kings at the Dog & Partridge. Wing Kings’ kitchen residency is moving to the Blind Monkey in Walkley. The Dorothy Pax bar at Victoria Quays is holding their ‘Canal Lines’ music festival on the 20th and 21st July (yes the same weekend as Tramlines – see what they’ve done there?!) with the Honey Bee Blues Club curating a days entertainment. The event starts at midday both days with entertainment currently scheduled from 3:30pm on Saturday and 4pm Sunday. The Rutland Arms is celebrating Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you – geddit) by hosting the latest Stout Wars Trilogy of beers from Steel City Brewing (and collaborative partners!) The Washington on Fitzwilliam Street in Sheffield City Centre is hosting a music festival on Sunday 5th May with live music inside and (weather permitting) DJs in the beer garden. The event is organised jointly by Violet Gang and Musicians Against Homlessness, doors open at 2pm and entry is free. The Washington normally has a range of 6 real ales on the bar. A new micropub is opening soon in Bakewell in a former newsagent shop located by the area all the buses, including the 218 from Sheffield, stop. The pub is to be called “The Joiners Arms“, a reference to the fact the guy opening the pub also owns a joinery business (as well as owning the Dronfield Arms and a co-owning the Beer House micropub on Ecclesall Road). The planned opening date is 3rd May and the bar will feature 6 cask lines and 6 keg lines. The Harley Hotel on Glossop Road, near the University of Sheffield tram stop, closed suddenly at the beginning of April. This hotel and bar was also home to the Twisted Burger Company, live music and club nights and is leased from a pub company. The statement on their Facebook page, which has now been deleted, talked about them like many others struggling to keep a live music venue financially viable. It apparantly won’t be the end of Twisted Burgers and we are advised to look out for an announcement on that subject, the same management also run the Wick at Both Ends bar on West Street which has recently been refurbished and is home to their Twisted Pizza operation. They are also involved with organising Tramlines festival. Kommune Food Hall on Angel Street (part of the old Co-Op department store building) is now open for business with a range of street food kitchens, coffee counter bakery and bar all with shared communal seating. It is also the new home of the Hop Hideout beer shop. Neither the main ‘Drinks Department’ bar or Hop Hideout are serving cask beer, however both have some decent craft beers available on keg and of course Hop Hideout have an impressive bottle selection! Their first EVER beer festival will be held at the Wisewood Inn from 21st to 23rd June. There will be over twenty cask ales, plus can/bottle bar, cider and craft. Food and live music throughout. Open Fri-Sat noon- 11:00pm, Sun noon-10:00pm. Free admission at all times. Bus 31 from Sheffield City Centre (Angel Street) stops right outside. Sheffield’s annual folk music sessions festival was held over the Easter weekend across a number of participating pubs – the Dog & Partridge, Kelham Island Tavern, Shakespeares, Hillsborough Hotel, Gardeners Rest, Bar Stewards, Ship Inn, 3 Tuns and Church House. A local member has reported the Chapeltown Taphouse has extended their CAMRA members discount to be available all week subject to some terms and conditions whilst offers on a Monday have been opened up to all customers. You can keep up with their latest news by liking their Facebook page as things can change from time to time! The Three Cranes on Queen Street in Sheffield City Centre has two real ales available, at last visit these were from Kelham Island Brewery. Saturday night are generally party nights with a DJ on, check their Facebook page for event details, whilst on Sundays they are serving roast dinners. The Punchbowl at Crookes has reportedly been sold by Greene King to a local brewery. A licence application has been made for the former off licence unit at 8 Middlewood Road (just up from Hillsborough corner), this could see another micropub join the Brass Monkey and Sports Shack in the area. The Dead Donkey bar opened at 240 Abbeydale Road (the former Mr Pickles shop) on 12th April offering craft beer, wines, spirits, cocktails and grilled cheese sandwiches. Sheffield Beer Week saw the launch of “Out & About“, a new LGBT+ social group for those that enjoy craft beer, their mission to create a safe space within the Sheffield beer community. Their launch party was at the Devonshire Cat with a second social taking place in April at the Rutland Arms. If you’d like to join them you can find out a bit more via Facebook.com/outandaboutsheff. Work continues on renovations, refurbishment and fitting out at the Crow Inn on Scotland Street, a craft beer bar and boutique hotel being opened by Chris and Kate from the Rutland Arms. At the time of going to press an opening date hadn’t been announced but the current target is mid to late May. A special collaboration beer has been brewed with Steel City Brewing for the opening of the Crow Inn. It is a 7.2% ABV dry hopped sour Brut IPA called Corvus Corone, which is the scientific name for the Carrion Crow, which according to the RSPB is a species that can be quite fearless yet wary of man. Make of that what you will. The King & Miller at Deepcar (Bradfield Brewery’s second pub after the Nags Head near Loxley) have been recruiting staff for their newly refurbished kitchen and are to introduce food. JD Wetherspoons, you’ve probably noticed, regularly review their locations with new openings as well as closures. The latest round of closures around the country have been announced with the only one in South Yorkshire being the Rhinoceros in Rotherham, where customers will of course have an alternative branch – the Blue Coats – that is bigger and nicer just up the hill! Rotherham CAMRA branch have announced their Pub of the Year winners. Their overall winner was the Wath Tap micropub – a wonderful friendly little community orientated bar with good ale just a couple of minutes from Wath bus station (buses 22a/22c/22x run there regularly from Rotherham Interchange via Parkgate, if you are going from Sheffield there are plenty of buses, trams and trains connecting to Rotherham). They also presented a ‘most improved pub’ award to the Church House Wetherspoons, also in Wath upon Dearne and a Rotherham town centre pub of the Year to the Blue Coats Wetherspoon. The latest from Rotherham branch can be found on their Facebook page. Dronfield & District branch, another of our neighbours, have also presented their awards with the Pub of the year going to the Miners Arms in Hundall, Cider Pub going to the Travellers Rest in Apperknowle and Club of the Year going to the Pioneer Club in Dronfield. Their Winter Pub of the Season was the Cross Daggers in Coal Aston. More details can be found in their ‘Peel Ale’ magazine or online at www.dronfield.camra.org.uk. Sheffield Brewery are supplying beer for a Mayday bank holiday weekend tap takeover at the Chesterfield Alehouse micropub.