Inn Brief

The Ball at Crookes has had a refurbishment and reopened on the 16 July with live entertainment to celebrate.

The people behind the Indie-go bar at Steel Yard Kelham in Neepsend have announced they are opening a second bar, Indie-go Resurrection in the City Centre premises that was previously the Devonshire Cat. It is expected to open until 3am and feature live music at the weekend. They are hoping to have opened at the end of July in time for Tramlines fringe.

Neepsend Social Club & Canteen is now open on Burton Road, next to the Parrot Club and Peddlers Market. This venue is themed on a traditional working mans club and membership is available offering various perks, however it is open to all Wednesday to Sunday. They serve food until 9pm with a limited seasonal modern British food menu, with dishes like sausage and mash, scampi and chips and chicken in a basket. They also have games including a table football and darts and have quiz nights and bingo! There is no cask ale currently, however local breweries including Abbeydale and Thornbridge are represented on the keg taps.

The Boston Arms at Woodseats have been running a Monday Cask Ale Club with beer reduced to a very affordable £2.80 a pint. Also offering discounts on a Monday to keep the ale flowing on a typically quiet day is the Clubhouse on London Road offering bargain £2.50 pints.

The opening of the Tunnel Tap at Totley Rise gets closer, at the time of writing the flooring was in and the bar was under construction!

1st July saw a beer launch at Heist Brew Co.‘s tap room involving a collaboration with Emperors. The beer involved was “Something Something Dark Side”, an 11% salted caramel imperial stout with three versions available – the base beer, a version aged in a rum barrel and a version aged in a bourbon barrel, the latter being on cask.

The first beer out of Brew Social hit the bar at the Social on Snig Hill on Friday 15 July with brewer Richard Hough and the team there to make it a bit of a launch event. The beer was “Out to Launch” a 4.5% pale ale with Cascade hops. All the BrewSocial beers are to be unfined therefore suitable for vegans and naturally slightly hazy. The first few beers to be brewed will be pale and hoppy at various strengths and with various hop varieties, once they are established a dark beer will follow in time for winter!

The Little John Inn at Hathersage continues to offer a changing selection of beers on both cask and keg and have recently been featuring the relatively local Eyam Brewery with their premium bitter on handpump and strong stouts on keg such as the Bubonic Orange (6%) and Imperial Black Death (11%). A Jam night has been launched on Tuesdays from 8pm and they continue to have a pool table and table football.

The Dog & Partridge on Trippet Lane in Sheffield City Centre have announced they are now free of tie from the pub company they lease the pub from, meaning they can now go to any brewer or wholesale for all their beer lines rather than just the pub company. We can look forward to seeing what interesting different beers start appearing on their bar!

There has been a change of management at the Old Queen’s Head by Sheffield bus Interchange, which is leased from Thwaites Brewery, with Mike and Zuzana calling it a day. The new manager is Josh Tomlinson and there a new chef there, initially serving from a limited menu of pub classics plus lunchtime sandwiches and burgers. We wish every success to Josh and also look forward to seeing Mike and Zuzana on the right side of the bar!

Inn Brief, Pubs

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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