Brewers compete to produce Sheffield Tramlines beer

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REAL ale breweries from around Sheffield went head-to-head in a competition to produce the official ale of this year’s Tramlines music festival.

Bradfield Brewery came up trumps with a 5 per cent pale session ale, beating entries from The Brew Company, Sheffield Brewery and White Rose Brewery.

The winner was chosen at an Ale Selection Party held at the Riverside Pub, Mowbray Street, where a panel of five judges and members of the public were able to vote for their favourite beer.

Ales entered by each of the breweries were anonymously sold from taps numbered one to four and the judges had voting cards to select their favourite.

The judging panel was made up of local media, real ale experts and festival organisers with punters providing the final casting vote.

Sarah Nulty, Tramlines director and one of the judges, said: “The night was a real success and I’m glad Bradfield Brewery’s Tramlines Ale will be pouring from the pumps at Tramlines venues in the run up to this year’s festival.

“The whole competition has been a celebration of Sheffield’s fantastic real ale community and has showcased some of the city’s brilliant brewers.”

Other judges included The Star columnist Colin Drury, beer expert Alex Barlow and Andrew Cullen, of the Campaign for Real Ale.

As well as choosing the beer, people at the party listened to live music from local bands - Unsung National Heroes and Hot Soles.

There were also performances by a magician and DJs.

Tramlines takes place at venues across Sheffield, including The Leadmill, Sheffield Cathedral and the O2 Academy, from Friday to Sunday, July 20 to 22.