The Brewery of St Mars of the Desert

One of Sheffield’s very own breweries has been named among the top 10 best new breweries in the world by popular beer scoring website, RateBeer. Saint Mars of the Desert (SMOD), run by husband and wife team Dann and Martha Paquette, started brewing in Attercliffe in late 2018 and quickly gained a reputation for brewing top-quality beer.

The awards are based on scores across a variety of categories, including average scores throughout the last year, performance across a range of beer styles, and scores from outside the brewer’s local region to ensure that the beer travels well.

SMOD was also named South Yorkshire’s highest-rated brewery, while their New England-style IPA, Clamp (5.3%), was revealed as South Yorkshire’s best beer of 2020 in the awards, which are celebrating the website’s 20 th anniversary.

Having been closed for brewing and maintenance throughout January and February, SMOD’s much-loved taproom sessions are set to return in March. Full details will be revealed through their website,, and on social media.

Dominic Nelson

Update – tap room sessions resume for 2020 from Friday 13th March (which is also Sheffield Beer Week). The norm is opening every Friday and Saturday 2pm to 8pm but it is advisable to check SMOD’s social media beforehand as this can sometimes change (Find them on Facebook here or Twitter here). The brewery is on Stevenson Road in Attercliffe, buses 9, 52 and 52a drop off at the end of the road just a couple of minutes walk away, alternatively the tram stop is 5-10 minutes walk from the brewery.


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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