Brewery bits

The former Hopjacker Brewery based underneath the Dronfield Arms pub has been taken on by a new business and is being launched as the Gravity Brew Co. At the time of writing a launch date was yet to be announced.

Drone Valley Brewery are back up and running following flood damage back in November, the seasonal special released before Christmas that managed to escape the devastation was named Flood Red Ale to reflect the determination of the people involved with this community enterprise based in Unstone, Dronfield, to recover and keep things going. The brewery is now back to hosting tap sessions every Saturday afternoon with cask beer available to enjoy on site and bottles on sale to take home. Buses 43 and 44 from Sheffield stop at the end of the drive.

A beer for the new year from Bradfield Brewery is Farmers 2020, a light 3.5% ABV beer that is medium hopped with a sharp aftertaste.

If anyone fancies a ride on the Hope Valley train to New Mills this summer, Torrside brewing have announced their monthly brewery tap dates for 2020. These are 10th/11th April, 23rd/24th May, 27th/28th June, 25th/26th July, 29th/30th August and 26th/27th September. On these weekends they will be open 12-8pm with 16 beers on draught, dogs & families welcome.

Thornbridge Brewery are ready to commence their monthly taproom sessions at Bakewell Riverside too. These take place towards the end of the month, the Saturday socials kick off for 2020 on 29th February with the tap room open 10am to 8pm and a street food trader open from midday. They also open the previous Wednesday in the evening for a Beer & Pizza night from 5pm to 9pm. TM Travel bus 218 provides a regular link from Sheffield to Bakewell.

Summer Wine Brewery has ceased trading.


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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