‘A Passion for Vaux – Sunderland’s Lost Brewery’ is a documentary film which was premiered in Sunderland recently: ‘The story of the people of Sunderland & how the ‘City Financiers’ took away their beloved brewery.’
The film also mentions the closure of Sheffield Brewery S.H.Wards (owned by Vaux) in July 1999, 20 years ago. Included is an interview with Linda Hutton (who was Chair of Sheffield and District CAMRA when Wards closed). Sheffield CAMRA is also included in the credits as we supplied some archive material.
One of the themes in our 500th issue of Beer Matters next month will be how the beer scene has changed in Sheffield over the years. Stones Brewery closed less than a year after Wards, leaving no industrial scale breweries remaining in the City, something which hasn’t changed, however we now have a record number of ‘craft’ microbreweries producing a varied range of beers from simple easy drinking bitters & Blondes right up to lip curling sours and more – with all but one of those breweries producing real ale.
You can view a trailer for the documentary film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5uijw-orzY