Steel business is thirsty work

The Sheffield Brewery Co. launch a new beer called Forgemasters. From left, brewer Peter Rowlins, Graham Honeyman, chief executive of Forgemasters, brewer Dr Stillman and Lord Mayor Cllr Vickie Priestley
The Sheffield Brewery Co. launch a new beer called Forgemasters. From left, brewer Peter Rowlins, Graham Honeyman, chief executive of Forgemasters, brewer Dr Stillman and Lord Mayor Cllr Vickie Priestley
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‘Unique and distinguished’ are certainly words that reflect the status of one of Sheffield’s biggest industrial firms.

Now the epitath has been chosen for a new ale specially brewed to highlight the golden role Sheffield’s Forgemasters steelworks has played in the resurgence of the industry after its years of decline.

Bosses from the firm, based on Brightside Lane, were joined by Lord Mayor Coun Vickie Priestley to sample the new Forgemasters Golden Ale when it was launched by the Sheffield Brewery Company, based at Neepsend.

The limited-edition beer is being sold in bottles bearing the Forgemasters logo, with an outline of the steelworks in gold against a dark blue skyline.

Brewer Dr Tim Stillman said: “We came up with the beer after being asked by a member of Forgemasters staff who drinks in our Gardeners Rest pub. He asked whether we could produce a version of our Blanco Blonde with a citrus finish.

“We used lager, marris otter malt, saaz and cascade hops.”

Sheffield Brewery Company is based at the old ‘Blanco’ polish factory now known as The JC Albyn Complex.

Regular beers produced by the firm include Five Rivers, Blanco Blonde, Paradise Pale, Crucible Best, Seven Hills, Sheffield Porter and Sheffield Stout.

The company launched its first beers almost seven years ago, in January 2007, at its brewery tap, the nearby Gardeners Rest pub in Neepsend.

Forgemasters ale is being sold at The Gardeners Rest, Fat Cat, Kelham Island Tavern, Shakespeare’s and The Red Lion.