Abbeydale Brewery

It’s Sunfest month! I’m very excited to be involved in what will be my 5th festival as part of Team Abbeydale, it’s always such a highlight of our year! So (if you’re reading this before 11th-14th July!) please do pop along to the Rising Sun to sample some of the 72 cask and 30 keg beers on offer. It’s sure to be another corker of a weekend! Our charity beer for this year will be launched at the festival and for 2019 we are supporting the James Brownhill Memorial Foundation. We’ve worked with JBMF to create Blue Skies (4.3%), a Mount Hood hopped pale ale. 10p from every pint sold will be donated to the charity, so drink good and do good!

We’ve got a couple of tasty collaborations out this month. Raisins to be Fearful (7.0%) is a smoked fruited Dubbel with apricots and raisins brewed with our pals at Torrside Brewery. We plan to release the main batch this month with Sunfest being one of the first places to showcase it, with a small amount being held back to barrel age and launch at Torrside’s festival Smokefest in November. The second of our releases from our collaborations with breweries from the USA is due to be released too – Greetings from Charlotte N.C has been created with our friends from NoDa Brewing who are based in North Carolina. Expect a smooth and silky well hopped IPA brewed with oats and corn in the grist.

We’ve got two returning favourites coming soon too, both making the most of our incredible hop store – the ever popular Dr Morton’s Duck Baffler (4.1%) hopped with Citra, and Double Deception (4.5%), an amped up version of our beloved core beer with absolute oodles of Nelson Sauvin hops.

And in the Brewers Emporium range we are releasing a new version of our Indulgence dessert inspired pale ale, this time a blueberry and maple pancake beer!

Finally, once Sunfest is over (sad face) we start to look ahead to our next beer festival… Funk Fest! This year our mixed fermentation and sour beer celebration is taking place at the brewery on 7th-8th September. At the time of writing early bird tickets for both sessions on Saturday have sold out (still some left for Sunday) but general release tickets are still available for all sessions. Budding homebrewers don’t forget to enter our competition which takes place during the Sunday session too! Head to for more information and to get your mitts on a ticket!




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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