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Countdown to Sheffield Beer Week

With just over a week until the launch of the 5th Sheffield Beer Week, there is a wide range of activities planned including collaborative brews as well as beer and food matching.

Sheffield Beer Week has a number of great local breweries involved such as Neepsend Brew Co, Kelham Island Brewery, Thornbridge and Abbeydale and also national and international breweries including Wander Beyond, Wild Card Brewery, Burning Sky, Moor, Orbit and Mikkeller. Brand new Sheffield brewery, Saint Mars of the Desert, will also be hosting their first Sheffield Beer Week event.

Look out for over ten beer collaborations specially brewed for the Beer Week to be released through the celebrations. There will also be two beer and food dinners hosted this year with Thornbridge Brewery and Burning Sky partnering on a closing event and renowned beer and food author Melissa Cole and Abbeydale Brewery working together. Charity partnership for this year sees Sheffield Beer Week supporting The Lord Major of Sheffield Magid Magid’s Charity Fund and the British Hop Association. Headline sponsorship support comes from Lallemand Brewing.

Sheffield Beer Week’s also sees a continued celebration of women working in the beer industry. There will be a brewsters’ tap takeover collaboration with Norwich-based organisers Fem.Ale and award-winning beer shop Hop Hideout on March 15th. As International Women’s Day on March 8th precedes the Beer Week, it’s a timely celebration. On Monday March 11th new Sheffield based LGBTQ+ beer group Out and About will celebrate its launch with an Abbeydale Brewery beer collaboration at the Devonshire Cat pub.

The People’s Photography Trail will build on the success of last year’s photography exhibition trail across multiple venues with a broader focus on the people in the beer industry and beer lovers. Sheffield Beer Week will be working closely with photographers Nicci Peet and Mark Newton to produce this photography meets beer trail around the city. Two talented local designers, Jim Connolly and Lorelle Skelton, have been commissioned to create pin badges which can be won on completion of the trail. Head here for further information.

Sheffield Beer Week is proud to be a part of the wider ‘Festival of the Outdoors’ initiative from The Outdoor City  with walking, running and cycling events. There will be a Sheffield Pub Heritage Walk , a Mikkeller Running Club 5km and the ‘beertography’ trail encouraging people to walk, run or cycle The People’s Photography Trail route.

On Friday March 8th , to kick-off the week, Sheffield’s craft beer festival, Indie Beer Feast launches (and grows to two days in 2019). A celebration of great independent craft beer in the iconic Abbeydale Picture House with brewery bars (20+) and street food. Newly added for this year is the ‘Seasonal Celebration’ element which sees a number of breweries at the festival brewing up a special beer with a seasonal ingredient to first pour at the event. On International Women’s Day March 8th there will be a specially hosted Fem.Ale tasting at the beer festival in conjunction with Hop Hideout and Neptune Brewery.

The printed and online 2019 guide is now available and features contributions from British Guild of Beer Writers’ members Emma Inch (and current Beer Writer of the Year), Jane Peyton and Ron Pattinson.

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