March 2015 sees the launch of Sheffield Beer Week, the first of its kind for the city. Running from Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd March the week will showcase the very best of Sheffield’s beer scene.
With a friendship built on their shared passion for food and drink, organisers Julia Gray and Clare Tollick are pooling resources in Sheffield Beer Week. As joint proprietor of Hop Hideout beer shop, Julia is well versed in beer matters whereas food blogger, Clare, has a public relations background.
Julia Gray said: “We know that dedicated beer weeks work well elsewhere and we’d always wondered why nobody had organised one here. From independent breweries and bottle shops to pubs and bars, we think Sheffield has a beer scene to shout about – one that rivals any other city. So we thought we’d have a go at organising a beer week ourselves!”
Sheffield Beer Week will take place during the same week as SIBA’s conference, as the national event already attracts thousands of beer lovers to the city.
Julia Gray said: “Now in its third year in Sheffield, SIBA has already done a lot in terms of highlighting our breweries and pubs, but we want to take things a step further. By encouraging local breweries and pubs to host events such as beer tastings and tours, we see Sheffield Beer Week as an opportunity to show off the best of the city to all SIBA visitors.”
Clare Tollick added: “If anyone is thinking of holding an event throughout Sheffield Beer Week, we can help with ideas and promotion. All events will be listed on our website and shared through our social media accounts. We’ve already listed a CAMRGB pub crawl and a Meet the Brewer event – we’re looking forward to seeing what else people come up with!”
Head over to sheffieldbeerweek.co.uk for details of how you can get involved.