Thousands toast Sheffield as ‘city of beer’

Cheers: The first BeerX festival in Sheffield has been hailed a success. PICTURE: BARCLAY IMAGING.
Cheers: The first BeerX festival in Sheffield has been hailed a success. PICTURE: BARCLAY IMAGING.
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MORE than 9,000 pints were sunk at a new beer festival in Sheffield.

BeerX at Ponds Forge leisure centre also saw legendary Fat Cat pub owner and real ale champion Dave Wickett, who died last year, given a lifetime achievement award.

The event - SIBA’s first-ever celebration of British beer - attracted almost 3,000 visitors over the weekend.

Many awards were given out to city brewers and celebrity chef Simon Rimmer addressed delegates as part of an industry conference.

BeerX was the biggest festival in the UK to serve keg as well as cask and bottled beers.

Alex Barlow, master brewer from Sheffield, said: “Well done to SIBA and team for BeerX.

“It was the best conference so far and I am so glad for Sheffield getting to showcase what a great city of beer it is.”

A beer tasting session and trade show were also included in BeerX.

The busiest festival night was Friday with over 1,000 drinkers there at 9pm.