Sheffield Brewery to Crowdfund accessibility building works
Sheffield Brewery will this month launch a Crowdfunding campaign to help pay for important renovations to make its premises more accessible. This is part of a bigger project to build a community tap room and kitchen based in Neepsend in the heart of the Kelham Island area.
The brewery, which is based on the junction of Percy Street and Burton Road, currently opens as a tap room during the weekends of Peddlers Market. The building is in a Conservation Area and has lots of heritage with all entrances originally built up to five feet off the ground.
Access to the bar from the courtyard is difficult for people with limited mobility due to a large ramp. The owners of the brewery have drawn up plans to improve the ramp access and then to add a lift, with completion of the first stage planned for October.
Sheffield Brewery is asking beer lovers far and wide plus businesses and residents of Sheffield to help support its developments through a Crowdfunding campaign, by which supporters can donate online. In return, they can receive rewards of beer, access to events, brewery tours, ‘brewer for the day’ experiences and discounts when booking the brewery for an event.
Sheffield Brewery owner, Pete Rawlinson, says: “Our planned building works mean that once we have access we will be able to open as a fully licensed venue, and can develop our real ale bar with a keg wall to showcase craft ales. We can then focus on some ambitious plans to develop a sustainable, ethically sourced kitchen, where we will employ and train disadvantaged members of the community.
“Folk have been coming to our temporary bar for over seven years and we want to open every week so members and visitors can come to the brewery and experience what we’re all about – which is to enjoy great beer, live music and good company. Whilst we can only tackle this is in stages, the more we can raise, the quicker the project will move forward.
“Initially we need to raise a total of £15,000 to complete all of the access works and balustrades. We are asking our supporters to get behind us and help us to crowdfund – and we promise that our customers and the community will reap the rewards!”
The Crowdfunding campaign will launch later this month and you can find details of how to donate on Sheffield Brewery’s website: www.sheffieldbrewery.com and on Twitter: @sheffieldbrewer.
Keeping it local with English hops
Sheffield Brewery is backing English hops with its new brew, Wise Cracker, a 3.9% English Pale Ale which uses Jester and Olicana – the finest English aroma hops around.
Whilst American hops have been the popular choice for many brewers in recent years, homegrown hops – mainly grown in the warmer climate of Southern England – are becoming more and more desirable. Sheffield Brewery is keen to support the growth and sustainability of English hops to compliment hops from across the globe. Come along and decide for yourself when you try a pint of Wise Cracker – available in August!