Grizzly Grains are now hosting regular tap sessions at their brewery, generally on Sheffield United match days with a range of their beers on the bar and snacks too. The brewery in on Duchess Road (just off Queens Road) on the Sheaf Gardens industrial estate. It is walkable from the City Centre or buses 24/25 stop nearby. Dates in April are 7th, 15th, 18th and 21st. Weekday openings are 4pm to 10pm whilst weekend dates are midday to 9pm. Check their Facebook page for latest information.
Heist Brew Co have brewed a “Reyt Good” Stout in collaboration with local artist Andy Slater (of Reyt Good Illustration) who the brewery work with regularly. The beer is described as having a deep, dark colour with a velvety smooth texture and irresistible aroma. It is 4.3% ABV and available on the nitro keg line in their taproom, however a cask of it will be making its way to the CAMRA Members’ Weekend bar.
Intrepid Brewery’s first cask special of 2023 was Geolo, a 3.9% ABV dry hopped golden ale. This is a tweaked version of Solito with some extra malt to make the colour golden rather than straw and is delicately dry hopped with Amarillo to give it a little orangey character. Described as perfect for drinking on days of spring sunshine!
Drinkers at both Rotherham Real Ale & Music festival and the Fuggle Bunny Brew House Friday tap session were introduced to their “chapter 10 – Stomper”, a 5% ABV dry hopped IPA, alongside the longer established “chapter 2 – Cotton Tail” pale ale (4% ABV) and “chapter 4 – 24 Carrot IPA” (6% ABV).
Recent beers from Little Critters include “Vanilla Chinchilla” Ice Cream Porter and “Swag”, an IPA brewed in collaboration with Heist. Meanwhile number 14 in their series of single batch cask specials was an American Brown Ale.
Lost Industry Brewing celebrated International Women’s Day, which falls during Sheffield Beer Week, with a collaborative brew day again this year. The beer is a chocolate & cherry porter.
Loxley Brewery offers a range of merchandise alongside the bottled beers available to order from their webshop, this includes engraved tankards and hip flasks.
Early March saw Neepsend brew a cask only Australian Pale Ale called “Bandicoot”. It is 4.6% ABV and uses Enigma and Vic Secret hops and is expected to be super pale in body and feature big punchy hop notes.
Sheffield Beer Week saw the Brewery of St Mars of the Desert launch a new beer in their taproom, a golden Bock called Krönungsbier.
Stancill Brewery continued with their series of star sign themed beers in March with “Pisces”, a 4% ABV delicately aromatic pale ale.
Triple Point Brewery has introduced a classic English bitter to their range, the first one they’ve produced on any scale. It is 3.7% ABV and brewed with a boatload of American hops in the whirlpool for a super fruity and rounded bitter. Like many of their beers it is Vegan and Gluten Free.
For Sheffield Beer Week True North Brewery released a beer brewed in collaboration with SALT, called the Wool Monty (Saltaire was known for its wool industry and Sheffield, well you know, Full Monty!) The beer is a 4.2% West Coast Pale Ale brewed using Columbus, Centennial and Amarillo hops that deliver bitterness and light citrus flavours.
Abbeydale Black Mass, their 6.66% black IPA, won best beer in bottle/can at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) awards. This was judged at their annual conference and BeerX in Liverpool. This beer is also delicious on cask!
A number of beers of interest will be making their way to the bar at the CAMRA Members’ weekend, open 21-23 April, which are either new or not often seen around Sheffield’s pubs.
From Abbeydale we have the latest special edition of Heathen using UK Harlequin hops, we also have their Coronation special. From Blue Bee as well as the latest iteration of their American 5 hop we have a dark mild. Dead Parrot are supplying Maranta along with Hohot, which was originally brewed with a former member of bar staff at Perch (their tap room) who was an international student. Emmanuales are expected to supply beer, they are a very small batch brewery who put most of their production in small pack. From Eyam look out for their Cherry Bakewell Stout. Grizzly Grains are offering “Business Secrets of the Pharaohs”, a Phoenix hopped pale ale.
Heist Brew Co only produce cask beer now and again so we are thrilled to be able to pour two of their beers – Parking Fine Photoshoot and Reyt Good Stout. We are expecting a couple of beers from Intrepid – a Peak District based brewery who impressed those taking part in the online tasting event we ran with a Sheffield beer box in 2021 – but which beers aren’t confirmed yet. Lost Industry are supplying an Opus single hop pale ale along with a milk stout whilst from Neepsend look out for their Ergot Rye Porter.
Toolmakers only normally brew for their own pub (the Forest) so we are pleased they are able to supply us a couple of beers – Flange Noir and a new mild. Three beers are coming from Triple Point including a zesty citrus pale ale, a porter and their Alpha Bitter. Going back to the future is True North, we’ll have their locally brewed Stones Bitter on the bar!