Festival talks and tastings

Following the success of the tutored beer tasting hosted by Roger Protz at our last beer festival, Steel City 46 will be offering a series of similar events. These will be hosted by the Cider Hole’s Mike Pomranz, Hop Hideout’s Jules Gray and Sheffield’s Real Heritage Pubs book Editor, Dave Pickersgill.


18:00-19:00 – Sheffield’s Real Heritage Pubs illustrated talk

19:30-20:30 – A Journey Through Beer Styles tutored beer tasting


13:30-14:30 – Sheffield’s Real Heritage Pubs illustrated talk 

15:00-16:00 –  Appreciating Real Cidermaking tutored cider tasting

16:30-17:30 – A Journey Through Beer Styles tutored beer tasting

Dave will provide an illustrated overview of the heritage aspects of many of the pubs located within the Sheffield boundary. Several local pubs will be described in detail. He will also talk about the value of pubs, beer and brewing to Sheffield’s economy and external image. Dave is Pub Heritage Officer for Sheffield & District CAMRA. He leads local pub heritage walks and has had beer-related articles published in many outlets, including: Beer, Beer Matters, Imbiber, Now Then, Pub Heritage Society Newsletter, Sheffield Telegraph, What’s Brewing and several books. Copies of the 4th edition of Sheffield’s Real Heritage Pubs will be available to purchase. The free download is available at sheffield.camra.org.uk/rhp.

Jules owns an independent multi award-winning beer shop and tasting room, Hop Hideout (established 2013). In 2015 she set up Sheffield Beer Week. As director she has seen this beer celebration grow to over ten days. In 2018 she launched Indie Beer Feast, attracting over 700 attendees at the one-day event. This grew to two days in 2019 and, in 2020, welcomed over 1,500 beer lovers. She regularly judges beer in the World Beer Awards and SIBA national competitions. In 2021, with a group of like-minded beer shop owners, she launched Indie Beer Shop Day.

Mike has been writing about beer since 2006, for publications including Time, People, Travel + Leisure, VinePair, and Playboy. In 2014, he joined the staff of Food & Wine magazine and soon expanded into covering cider. He first experimented with making cider in 2015 and, a year later, became a Certified Cider Professional. In 2016, Mike moved from Brooklyn, New York, to Sheffield where he continued his interest in cidermaking, focusing on using locally-collected garden apples. In 2020, he launched Quality Ferments and began importing cider and other alcoholic beverages. In September 2021, he opened the Cider Hole – an urban microcidery, bar, and bottle shop – where he makes and serves his own Exemption Ciderhouse cider along with many other canned and bottled ciders. In June, Mike organised the first Sheffield Craft Cider Festival.

For each event, you will need to book in advance and also enter the beer festival. The beers and ciders will be selected when the beer list for the festival is finalised and will include a variety of styles and a range of strengths.

Advance tickets can be booked at:

Festivals, Steel City Festival

About Dave Pickersgill

Dave has been a CAMRA member since the 1970s and has worked at almost 40 Sheffield CAMRA festivals, plus a fair number of others. He is Brewery Liaison Officer (BLO) for Abbeydale, Blue Bee, Bradfield and Loxley. A member of the National Pub Heritage Group, he leads on planning and pub heritage issues. He also edited the Sheffield's Real Heritage Pubs book, for which downloads vastly exceeded expectations. The hard copy was available in October 2018 and again in 2021. On both occasions, it was a sell-out. The 4th edition is available as a free download. Alongside Paul Crofts, Dave is co-local organiser for the 2023 National CAMRA Members’ Weekend, AGM & Conference which is planned to be held at the Octagon on 21-23 April. We hope to see you at this event.

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