With pub going a bit more normal now the JD Wetherspoon chain is once again running a national beer festival this autumn with the Sheffield launch taking place at the Sheaf Island on Ecclesall Road on 20 October.
There is a list of 20 real ales in the festival in a brochure containing tasting notes with each pub being allocated around half of them which will be rotated across the pumps, so you will need to visit more than one pub to try them all!
On launch day the Sheaf Island will feature five of the festival beers alongside their regular ales and they will be celebrating the launch with a pub quiz and games.
The festival beers expected at the Sheaf Island are:
- Purity APA
A 3.9% gluten free session pale ale brewed especially for Wetherspoons with Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy and Columbus hops.
- Adnams Old Ale
A 4.1% ruby red ale with caramel and chocolate aromas, flavours offering hints of liquorice and berries with a bitter finish.
- Bath Ales Queen of Hearts
A new 4.3% amber ale brewed for Wetherspoons.
- Hogs Back Citrus Pale Ale
A new seasonal beer, this is a 4.5% pale ale offering floral and citrus notes, the bitterness from the Fuggles, Mosaic and UK Cascade hops balanced nicely by the subtle malt flavour making the beer an easy drinking, light hoppy beer with a dry finish.
- Thornbridge Shelby
A 5% golden/amber ale with aromas of stone fruit and berries which leads to a gentle maltiness on the palette balanced by a citrus and lemon bitterness from the Bramling Cross and Fuggles Hops. An official beer of the Peaky Blinders TV series and inspired by beer recipes of the era.
- Greene King Ruby Abbot
This 5.2% ruby ale is a special edition of Abbot Ale brewed for Wetherspoons.
- Wadworth Sweet Molly
A 5.5% red ale brewed for Wetherspoons.
- Bank’s (Marstons) New Wave IPA
A 6% golden IPA brewed for Wetherspoons.