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Steel City Beer Festival – 1975 to the present day

As we near the 2019 Steel City Beer & Cider Festival, it seems like the 500th edition of Beer Matters is a good opportunity to look back over the festival’s history. 1975 – 2018 The first festival was a single day affair, held in September 1975 at Sheffield University’s Tapton Hall of Residence and featured … Continue reading Steel City Beer Festival – 1975 to the present day

Sheffield CAMRA – Breweries we have known

In 1975, when the Sheffield Branch of CAMRA was founded, the City of Sheffield had four large and long-established breweries; Stones Cannon Brewery (1865), Wards Sheaf (1896), Whitbread Exchange (1851) and the often-forgotten Hope Brewery on Claywheels Lane (1939). Almost 45 years later, none of these remain. Today, we have 23 functioning brewing companies. Each … Continue reading Sheffield CAMRA – Breweries we have known

Beer Matters 500: Sheffield’s beer scene – 15 years of change (1984-1999)

It was way back in 1984 when  I wrote my first ever article for Beer Matters. The first of many I was to write over the next few years. It was an article bewailing the fact that various breweries were using low interest loans to free houses in return for their product, narrowing the choice … Continue reading Beer Matters 500: Sheffield’s beer scene – 15 years of change (1984-1999)