Beer ‘capital’ city Sheffield ready for festival

Cheers: Drinkers ponder their next choice at last year's festival.
Cheers: Drinkers ponder their next choice at last year's festival.
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FINAL preparations are brewing for Sheffield’s 38th Steel City Beer And Cider Festival - as details for the event are revealed.

Thousands of ale-lovers, both local and from all over the country, are expected to attend the spectacular in the self-styled ‘beer capital’ from October 3 to 6.

And, for the first time, drinkers will be able to vote for a top brew of the festival while a champion is also judged.

Andy Stephens, from the beer festival planning committee, said: “It takes a year to plan the festival but it all starts to come together now.

“A lot of people give up a great deal of time so it is great they have the chance to share their passion and make it a great event.

“We know Sheffield as the beer capital and people will come from all over the country to the festival.

“This is the first time we have had the champion beer as well - it means everybody gets a chance to make their opinion count.”

More than 150 real ales, traditional ciders and perries will be showcased at Ponds Forge.

City breweries and those further afield are lined up to take part, while live music, games and stalls will provide entertainment.

This year there will even be a new entry from The Star itself. ‘Late Star’ has been created specially by Thornbridge Brewery to mark the newspaper’s 125th anniversary.

The brewery is donating £5 from the sale of each cask to St Luke’s Hospice, as part of The Star’s appeal to help rebuild the hospice’s in-patient unit.

The festival runs from 5pm to 11pm on Wednesday, October 3, in two sessions from 12noon to 5pm and 5pm to 11pm on Thursday, from 12noon to 5pm and 5pm to 11pm on Friday, and from 12noon to 11pm on the Saturday. Entry costs from £2 to £5, with CAMRA members entitled to discounts. Visit www.sheffieldcamra.org.uk/beerfestival for more.