Sheffield beer festival ‘best ever’ as 5,000 head to museum venue

The Upstairs Bar at the Steel City beer festival
The Upstairs Bar at the Steel City beer festival
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This year’s Steel City beer festival was the ‘best ever’, according to organisers.

More than 5,000 real ale and cider enthusiasts flocked to Kelham Island Museum last weekend for the four-day festival, up 12 per cent on last year. Between them they managed to drink almost 20,000 pints, choosing from a range of over 250 different beers and ciders.

Live music, a magician and a variety of food stalls and pub games all added to the festival’s appeal, with the museum setting again proving a big hit.

Organiser Louise Singleton from the Sheffield CAMRA branch said “Our team of 137 volunteers worked tremendously hard to ensure that everything ran smoothly, and the feedback from visitors has been excellent.”

The festival was so popular a ‘one-out, one-in’ policy had to be adopted on Friday and Saturday evening.

Discussions are under way around increasing capacity next year.

Prizes were handed out in the annual ‘Beer of the Festival’ contest. Gold was awarded to the Mikey Rayer All-Dayer, from Crafty Devil Brewery of Cardiff, silver was North Riding Brewery’s Red Citra, and bronze went to Triple Chocoholic from Saltaire Brewery.

Thornbridge won the stouts and porters category with Baize, a chocolate mint stout.