Raise a glass to Sheffield beer festival

Andy Cullen, chairman of Sheffield and District Campaign for Real Ale
Andy Cullen, chairman of Sheffield and District Campaign for Real Ale
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Drinkers will have the chance to quench their thirst with a huge array of ales and ciders as the Steel City Beer Festival makes a return.

The event, which normally attracts around 4,000 people, will take place at Ponds Forge from Wednesday until Saturday next week.

Andy Cullen, chairman of the Sheffield Campaign for Real Ale, which organises the festival, said: “It is an opportunity not only to have all the Sheffield breweries under one roof, but also to try beers from elsewhere.

“We are expecting people from around the local area but others are coming from across the country and even overseas.”

At this year’s event there will be more than 200 real ales and ciders.

Sheffield CAMRA’s publicity officer, Mike Rose, said: “We have an excellent selection of beers from the great breweries in the Sheffield area, and others from all over the country.

“For those whose taste is more continental, we also have a selection of foreign beers.

“At lunchtime, there is a great pub atmosphere with hot and cold food available. Food will also be available in the evenings, but things liven up with a tremendous range of live music.

“We open on Wednesday at 5pm, and after that we are open noon to 11pm daily through until Saturday night.”

Performers lined up include The Outfit on Thursday night. On Friday Beatles tribute band Johnny and the Moondogs and indie band Roaming Son will take to the stage.

The closing performances on Saturday will be from Loxley Silver Prize Brass Band in the afternoon, followed by Soulfaces in the evening.

Other entertainment includes a charity pub quiz on the Saturday afternoon, plus an array of stalls and pub games.

This year’s beer festival will be the 39th held by Sheffield Camra.

■ Entry is pay-on-the-door rather than by advance ticket, with charges set at £2.50, or £1 for CAMRA members on Wednesday evening then £2 or £1 for members between noon and 6pm on Thursday rising to £3 and £1 for the evening session.

Friday is £3 or £1 for members noon to 6pm, or £5 and £2 for members 6pm to 11pm.

Charges for Saturday are £5 between noon and 7pm, reduced to £1 for members, and £3 or £1 for the 7pm to 11pm session.