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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Sheffield Beer Week

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Sheffield Beer Week 2019 kicks off on 11 March, marking seven packed days of unique beer tastings, tap takeovers, meet the brewer sessions, brewery tours, exhibitions, and food matching menus. The beer will flow like wine.

Jules Gray is at the helm, who'll be familiar to many drinkers in Sheffield as she – along with Beer Central, Walkley Beer Co., Starmore Boss and a handful of the more adventurous pubs – has been responsible for broadening beer fans' palettes at Hop Hideout and as a key organiser of beer-related events in the city. Each year Julia encourages pubs, booze shops and breweries across the city to do something special for Sheffield Beer Week, to really show off the very best of the Sheffield beer scene.

For its fifth year, there'll be great local breweries such as Neepsend, Kelham Island, Thornbridge and Abbeydale on board, as well as the brand new Saint Mars of the Desert. National and international breweries getting involved, meanwhile, include Wander Beyond, Wild Card Brewery and Mikkeller. Main strands and themes in the programme for 2019 include Diversity and Inclusion in Beer, People’s Photography Trail, Norwich City of Ale Partnership, and The Outdoor City.

Get off to a head start on Beer Week proceedings with Indie Beer Feast, filling the magnificent Abbeydale Picture House with excellent indie breweries and street food traders on the Friday and Saturday ahead of the event.

Read on for our day-by-day highlights.

All week:
The Millowners Arms

Kelham Island Museum's onsite gallery-pub will be open for free entry specially for Beer Week. It's the place to go to learn all about the city's heritage of brewing and get a sense of pubs of a bygone time.
Kelham Island Museum, Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-4:45pm

The People’s Photography Trail
Follow the trail of photographers Nicci Peet and Mark Newton around various venues in the city. The two have used their work to look at diversity in the beer industry, with Nicci focussing on women and redressing their current visual underrepresentation, and Mark capturing the industry across Yorkshire. Collect a stamp at each venue for a chance of winning some cracking prizes too.
Venues: The Bath Hotel, Rutland Arms, Kelham Island Brewery, Hop Hideout, Shakespeares, Sheffield Tap

Photo by Will Roberts

Out and About Launch

Out and About is a non-profit dedicated to creating a safe space in the city's beer community for LGBTQ+ beer-lovers. Join the group for their first do, where they'll also be launching a collaboration beer with Abbeydale Brewery.
Devonshire Cat, 7pm, free entry

Pub and Industrial Heritage Walk

After a short talk and a bottle of Kelham Island Brewery ale in the Millowners Arms (included with your ticket), CAMRA's Dave Pickersgill will take you on a 1.2 mile tour passing the oldest working brewery in Sheffield, a myriad of industrial sites, three more breweries and a number of pubs before finishing at the Gardeners Rest, close to the now derelict Cannon Brewery.
Meet at Millowners Arms, Kelham Island Museum, 2pm, £7.50 – book now.

Dave will be leading a second tour on Friday, meeting at Fagan's at 5:30pm, going to his favourite heritage pubs (£2.95 – book now).

Battle of the Beers: Shakespeares Vs Beer Central
In one corner there's Sean 'The Shopkeeper' Clarke; in the other, Adam 'The Battling Barman' Swithenbank. The two will battle it out over four rounds two drinks per round (one from Beer Central and one from Shakespeares): IPA, sour, mystery and stout. At the end of the night, cast your vote for who picked the tastiest beers.
Shakespeares, 7-10pm, £20 per person for 8 halves or thirds (£2.50 per beer) – tickets available from Shakespeares/Beer Central

Live Collaboration Brew Day

Pop into the Tap on Thursday and you'll find the pub's own Tapped Brew Co and Nottingham’s Totally Brewed collaborating in the on-site brewery. The two will be holding a live brew day with brewers on hand to discuss the process.
Sheffield Tap, free entry

Saint Mars of the Desert Launch Party

Hop on the tram to Attercliffe for the launch of Sheffield's newest brewery and on-site taproom. Saint Mars of the Desert is opening over Friday and Saturday of Beer Week. On the Friday, they'll also be home to Hop Hideout's pop-up, which is hosting the Brewsters Beer Celebration in collaboration with Fem.Ale at 6-8pm and acting as one stop on the People’s Photography Trail.
Saint Mars of the Desert, 90 Stevenson Road, S9 3XG, 12-8pm, free entry

Mikkeller Running Club

Join Hop Hideout as they host the Mikkeller Running Club. After a gentle run route of 5km return you'll be treated to a free Mikkeller beer back at the brewery. Stick around for the Mikkeller Beer Showcase too (12-8pm).
Hop Hideout at Saint Mars of the Desert, 90 Stevenson Road, S9 3XG, 11:30am, free entry

Hangover Roast and Beer Party

A week of beer calls for a hearty roast at the end of it. Round off your Beer Week at the Rutty, where there's veggie/vegan dishes alongside a meaty roast – all guaranteed to soothe your hangover.
Rutland Arms, free entry

See the full programme on the Sheffield Beer Week website.

Photo by Nicci Peet

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