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.
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