Beer Revere: Sheffield Beer Week Preview
You may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet on the beer blogging front under Exposed’s ‘Beer Revere’ column over the last few months, well, it’s partly down to Sheffield Beer Week! This week long beer celebration in March, now in its second year, has somewhat taken on a life of its own (and my life too). With over 25 venues involved this year and multiple breweries launching new beers during the week, the excitement is really starting to build and become tangible.
From Saturday March 12, celebrations begin at a launch party held at True North Brew Co’s new brewhouse and tap room venture just behind the Forum. It’s a fitting venue to kick-off the week, as Sheffield Beer Week is all about celebrating the city’s wondrous brewing landscape – old and new! Another big part of the beer week is collaboration across breweries and venues. Not only do we have Sheffield breweries collaborating to host events (Exit 33 and Emmanuales at The Harlequin on Thurs March 17) but also regional beer collaborations (Manchester breweries Runaway and Blackjack will be brewing with True North Brew Co).
There’s a big focus on beer and food this year at Sheffield Beer Week HQ, we think it’s the ultimate dream pairing. Craft and Dough, Kelham Island, have come up with beer and pizza pairings alongside new local brewery The Brew Foundation and up at The Greystones, beer bloggers Karma Citra have combined forces with Portuguese deli Louro.
There’ll be numerous brewery tap takeovers throughout the city and the best way to keep up to date with events is to go online to our website. Already announced are Welsh brewers Tiny Rebel at The Bath Hotel, Castle Rock / Traffic Street Special at New Barrack Tavern, Thornbridge again at The Bath Hotel, Stancill at The Red Deer, Five Points at Brewdog, Fourpure at The Sheffield Tap and Buxton Brewery at Shakespeares. There’s international breweries getting involved this year, cementing Sheffield’s reputation for beer on a wider stage. Brooklyn and Founders Brewing are both hosting events at specialist beer shop Hop Hideout.
Even if you can’t make events in person there’s opportunity to join in the beery conversation online with social networking ‘Twitter Hours’ being organised and hosted with a variety of partners during the week. From topics such as beer cocktails, home brewing and the ingredients of beer follow @SheffBeerWeek and use the hashtag #SheffBeerWeek to participate.
Hope to see you all out and about around Sheffield enjoying, discovering and sharing all things beer from 12-20th March. There’ll be ‘A Sheffield Beery Map’ available to purchase around selected venues throughout the week, to help you on your journey.