Heard It On The Beervine…

The latest and greatest from the Sheffield beer scene: November review.

In the beery month that was we had Thornbridge Great British Home Brew Challenge’ bottles finally available to buy. The winning brew was Vienna IPA, as the name hints brewed with Vienna and biscuit malts – a well-rounded, full bodied IPA (5.9%). It’s good to see home brewing being supported in such a way I reckon. Sheffield chocolate specialists Cocoa Wonderland has been brewing down Thornbridge Hall too. The collaboration brew, a 6.8% chocolate porter – Cocoa Wonderland will be available in cask through to the beginning of November. Cask ale week, which runs through the first week of October each year and celebrates Britain’s national drink, is a good reminder to get out to your local pub. The Closed Shop on Commonside and The Red Deer on Pitt Street both celebrated the week in style, though to be honest they (and me) celebrate most weeks of the year. With all the excellent pubs in and around Sheffield plus the breweries on the doorstep it’s a joy to support. Sheff Brew Fest held their mini fundraiser at The Bath Hotel the first weekend in October too, with over twenty-four casks, keg and fifty-plus bottles on offer.  This lovingly curated festival had a right set of treats available including a few standouts. From a local treacle stout, courtesy of On the Edge, to Imperial stout from Somerset (Wild Beer Co) and an immensely hoppy West Coast IPA from Berkshire (Siren Craft Brew). Here’s to a bigger event in October 2015 – to keep up to date on the beery goings on follow @SheffBrewFest.


November brings wintery weather and my favourite beer time of year – as the stouts, Imperial stouts, porters and smoked beers start to appear. Buxton Brewery has released a trio of tasty specimens including a collaboration stout with Swedish brewery Omnipollo called Pomperipossa. It’s a 6% stout infused with sour Morello cherries; imagine a subtle, tart, cherry factor alongside roast malts. Rainshadow their huge 11.8% heavyweight Imperial stout took eight months in the recipe tweaking before final brewing; delivering an intense deeply roasted delight. If that doesn’t warm the extremities try The Living End their 11% Imperial stout aged in Islay whisky barrels!

Beer_CherryStout / @BuxtonBrewery

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