Sheffield’s real ales are champion

The Steel City Beer Festival at Ponds Forge was opened by Craig McKay(left),Junior Warden at the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire,pictured pulling the first pint of beer with Dave Williams the Festival Manager
The Steel City Beer Festival at Ponds Forge was opened by Craig McKay(left),Junior Warden at the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire,pictured pulling the first pint of beer with Dave Williams the Festival Manager
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Sheffield’s micro brewers have been honoured for their ales – as the Steel City Beer Festival gears up for its busiest days.

The festival is serving beers from microbreweries across the country – but judges from organisers Sheffield Campaign for Real Ale found none tasted better than the local stuff.

Burngreave-based Brew Company’s Crazy Horse India Pale Ale was named champion beer of Sheffield, while Sheffield Porter, from Neepsend’s Sheffield Brewery Company, came second.

In joint third place were Bradfield’s Blonde ale and Blackmass by Abbeydale Brewery.

Mike Rose, of Sheffield CAMRA, said: “Sheffield’s breweries have proved that they are some of the best in the country.

“However, we have a range of other interesting beer styles, too.

“For instance, Rauchbier is German for smoke beer – and is made with smoked malt which provides a distinctive flavour.”

About 4,000 people are expected to the festival over its four days.

It launched on Wednesday – but the biggest crowds are expected today and tomorrow.

Mike said: “We’re gearing up for our busiest days when we could have up to 1,400 people coming on a single day alone.”

The beer festival, which is being held for the 39th time, is open between noon and 11pm daily.

It was officially opened by Craig McKay, of the Cutlers Company.

Entertainment tonight includes live music from Johnny and The Moondogs and Roaming Son, and tomorrow features Loxley Silver Prize Band in the afternoon and a pub quiz and music from Soul Faces in the evening.

Entry today is £3 before 6pm or £5 after, and £1 or £2 for CAMRA members, while tomorrow is £5 between midday and 7pm, or £3 after, or £1 for CAMRA members all day.

■ For details, visit Sheffield Camra

An array of delight

12,000 - Number of pints set to be sold during the beer festival

4,000 - Number of people expected to attend the festival over its four days.

180 - Casks of beer on sale, each of which contains 72 pints