A group from Sheffield CAMRA jumped on the tram train to Parkgate to visit Chantry Brewery on Friday 10th January. We were also joined there by some of our beery friends from Rotherham and Barnsley.
As well as having a bit of a nosy and seeing their 20BBL brew kit and 4 fermenting vessels used by head brewer Mick Warburton, we were able to test drive the still under construction tap room upstairs, which they expect to have completed around Easter time with the intention of having monthly brewery tap events through the summer with a full bar open to the public. Things have been expanding there since the brewery first opened in 2012!
Thanks to team Chantry for the hospitality, we enjoyed three excellent cask beers on the evening – Hop Thief, Hoppy Road and Rebel Chocolate Stout.
Following the brewery visit, we had a walk the short distance up to the Little Haven micro bar where a choice of three more Chantry beers were available along with a great welcome! Our festival organiser Paul also attempted to demonstrate his guitar playing ability but thankfully that moment was short lived…
The final call of the day saw us get off the Sheffield bound tram at Rotherham Central station and walk up to the Three Cranes Inn on Rotherham High Street with a choice of 4 cask ales on the bar and a range of flavoured ciders.
Unfortunately time ran away and we didn’t have time to visit the two Chantry pubs in Rotherham town centre – the Cutlers Arms and New York Tavern, however they are easy enough to get back to and Chantry also now have a Sheffield pub in Handsworth.
The tram train dropped us back at Sheffield Cathedral and some of us found that very convenient to drop in the Church House to catch the end of the live band’s set there!