We went up to Sheffield for the weekend to scout out what it’s all about! Sheffield has always been one of the hot spots of the British beer scene, with many breweries forming around the Industrial Revolution. Nowadays, Sheffield has adapted with plenty of new innovative breweries and bars popping up, while retaining its style and tradition. With one brewery for every 23,991 people, churning out over 1,000 different beers each year, and with 400 different beers to enjoy all year around, it is no wonder that Sheffield is referred to as the Real Ale Capital of the World! Our time was limited, but here’s where we managed to hit up…
Overlooking the River Don on the legendary Kelham Island and about 10 minutes ride from the cracking Parkwood Springs mountain bike trail, the location of this pub is idyllic. With a fair few pumps on the go and a fantastic range of cask keg and bottles, this place is definitely worth a visit. The food is EPIC too, with both veggie and vegan options.
We then moved onto the famous Rutland Arms, one of the beer Mecca’s of Sheffield. This pub was AWESOME, with random mannequins knocking around the place, 7 real ales from around the country and a fantastic range of craft brews from the likes of Magic Rock, Mikkeller, and To Øl. But the highlight of this place had to be their vintage jukebox with old school tunes blasting out and suddenly the whole pub erupted into dance. It was EPIC, this was the place to really get the party started!
The Beer House
This was a fantastic little dig – a pop up bar with 6 hand-pumps on the go and some great keg brews too. Apparently an old e-cigarette shop, this place has been transformed into a rustic, shabby-chic setting, cosy and with a log fire too!
Craft & Dough
Our final stop was back at Kelham Island to Craft & Dough. Now this was a cracking feed, artisan pizza and craft beer… what could be better! Everyone here was uber friendly and we had some fantastic pizza accompanied by some lush brews… Their range is eye-watering!
Our stay was short and there were definitely many other places that we wanted to hit up, but we WILL be back for more!
New charity ale from The Chiltern Brewery – 5p of every pint going to #SupportSophieEdes who lives with Rett Syndrome.
The Chiltern Brewery has brewed a beer to raise money to help Sophie Edes, the 3 year-old grand-daughter of a retired member of The Chiltern Brewery team. Parents Liz and Mark Edes, from Berryfields Aylesbury, were left devastated when Sophie was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome; an illness which means she will be unlikely to ever speak or walk.
The annual charity beer will help raise awareness and much needed funds. Every pint of the new ale sold will raise 5p for the JustGiving campaign, which will help the Edes family buy specialist eye-gaze equipment for Sophie, to vastly improve her quality of life.
They are also running a raffle at their brewery shop in Terrick to win one of their unique Head Brewer’s Hampers. At £1 per ticket they hope to raise further funds to help with the JustGiving campaign. As well as buying the charity beer, you can also support by spreading the word via @chilternbrewery social media channels with #SupportSophieEdes.
Pride is a dark amber brew, with a smooth roast malt taste and a citrussy aroma, the 4.2% vol ale uses the best Class A Maris Otter, Crystal and Roast Barley malts combined with Goldings, Fuggles and Cascade hops to produce a classic English best bitter. It is available on draught, in mini casks online and in pubs across the region. If you do manage to get hold of some, don’t forget to use the hashtag #SupportSophieEdes. Collect online here and at their brewery shop in Terrick.
Rett Syndrome is a rare neurological disorder affecting mainly females and very few males. It is present from conception and usually remains undetected until major regression occurs at around one year of age, when children may lose acquired skills and become withdrawn.
I went to meet Mike Wicks from the online beer store Left Field Beer and, to be fair, I couldn’t have picked a worse day! The “Beast from the East” had well and truly hit and it was like a blizzard outside. I stumbled into a local craft beer dig, Clink Beer, where there were plenty of fellow craft beer lovers with their woollies on, seeking sanctuary from the horrendous conditions, clutching some craft beer goodness to warm them up… The Imperial Stouts were really doing well that day!
A bloke walks in, looks at the board, doesn’t think twice and orders Cloudwater Wizard King at a whopping 12%… This was Mike from Left Field Beer! We took a pew, me in my Russian-style woolly hat, thermal jumper and coat, Mike in just his t-shirt!
Kicking back and enjoying his beer, Mike told me of his love for craft beer and how he started getting into it about 10 years ago; “I ordered from a few online shops, some of the service was good, some not so good. I had a few subscriptions on the go, but the service was pretty much hit and miss, with many pretty bang average beers. It made me think that I want something different…”
Working as a Civil Servant, two and a bit years ago, he decided to sit down at his computer and devise a plan on how to bring top notch craft beer to the masses at a decent price…
“My wife was eight and a half months pregnant, so it wasn’t the most suitable timing but with another round of voluntary redundancies coming I thought that it would provide the perfect platform to kick on from!”
It was a pretty good plan but it didn’t come without its challenges…
“It’s been a big learning curve for me but I’m continually looking at what everyone else is doing. The biggest challenge has been finding the right beers that appeal to the people, I had a clear concept in mind where everything is focused around what’s hard to get and is most wanted but from time to time you don’t always manage to get hold of certain brews with demand being so high. I lurk on some forums and on untapped but there is only so much you can do, a lot of it is down to intuition.”
“I think Left Field has become a nice way to get good beer out there, it’s not just a cog in the wheels to make some money, you put your life into it. I like to feel that I am creating a community, especially with our beer club. It’s a good time to be a beer drinker with different brewers rubbing off each other, collaborating and working together.”
Mike’s kindly offered 10% off to all BeerYeti readers until the 1st April 2018 – just use the code BEERYETI. But first, let’s see what he has on offer!
Founders Brewing Co. – MOSAIC PROMISE 5.5% abv
From the brewers that not long ago brought the legendary CBS to the UK!
Appearance: Hazy amber, with a white head that retains.
Aroma: Slightly floral, with a cracking mix of tangerine and sweet tropical notes.
Flavour: Sweet and citrusy, a fresh hit of slightly bitter grapefruit, followed by a hoppy/ pine finish.
So there you have it, get your teeth into these bad boys and check out what else is available on Left Field’s website. Don’t forget to use the code BEERYETI to receive 10% off your purchases with Left Field until the 1st April 2018!
Marston’s have recently started bottle conditioning Pedigree. This is a method where the sediment of living yeast is still present in the bottle and allows secondary fermentation to take place – basically it means that your beer is A-LIVE!!! It’s great, because this allows the beer to mature with age and also adds a tad more alcohol.
Marston's Pedigree… It's A-LIVE!!! - YouTube
This is actually a pretty traditional method that started to decrease rapidly towards the end of the 19th century, when brewers began to filter and pasteurise their beer to speed up the bottling process. Drinking habits however, did start to change in the late 20th century when microbreweries started to pop up all over the UK. We started taking notice of what we were drinking as opposed to drinking the highest quantity at the cheapest price. With craft beer on the rise, and the “more sophisticated” beer drinker coming into play, breweries started to bring this method of natural carbonation back, as it can create a more lively brew with plenty of depth, flavour and complexity; and to be fair, it is the closest thing to cask taste-wise.
Why you need to leave your brew to settle…
With all bottle conditioned beer there is sediment down at the bottom of the bottle. This is something that you may not want to disturb too much as it can make a really cloudy brew and even kill the yeast which is still working to mature and preserve the flavour. We would avoid putting it on the back of a push bike then racing down a cobbled street but with any journey, the sediment is likely to be slightly disturbed, so once you have brought your ale back from the supermarket, bottle shop, or perhaps after it arrives on your doorstep, don’t crack it open straight away, leave it to settle.
Storing your beer is another important factor…
DO NOT STORE THE BREW ON ITS SIDE!!! If you do this, it will make the yeast unsettled when you come to pour it. Store it upright (cap up), in a cool, dark place as warm temperatures can ruin your beer and direct sunlight or artificial lighting can react with the yeast, creating a ‘skunky’ aroma and taste. You don’t need to go crazy though, like hiding it under your coat as you leave the shop, as Pedigree is in brown glass, which tends to block light a lot more than green/ clear bottles. There has also been quite a hefty debate on how long you can store a beer and leave it to mature – some beers you can leave to mature for years, however lower abv brews, such as Pedigree (which is 4.5%), should really be drunk within the first six months of purchasing.
How to pour…
When pouring a bottle conditioned beer, you have to be careful not to disturb the sediment. Tilt the glass at about 45 degrees and pour slowly and smoothly. When two-thirds of the brew is poured, gradually steepen the glass for the final third but avoid pouring that last bit of beer from the bottle where the yeast has settled. You can (skilfully) attempt to catch the sediment at the base of the bottle neck as you are pouring. This is a competition that we regularly have down at the Yeti Cave to see who’s got the tekkers, but unfortunately it does usually end in an EPIC FAIL! The good thing that we found while pouring Pedigree is that the sediment is not too loose and woolly, so it is quite easy to pour without getting bits in your glass.
Do not fear the yeast!
So what happens if you accidentally pour the yeast in and your brew becomes a little cloudy? The answer is NOTHING! Ironically, the vitamins may actually do you some good! Some styles of beer you are actually advised to swirl the yeast and pour the whole thing in, although this is not the case with Pedigree, but our generally message is that IT WON’T KILL YOU!
Just when you thought that Winter was over, Europe is plunged back into the ice age as the “The Beast from the East” grasps Great Britain and the rest of the continent with it’s sharp, icy claw. What better way then to stay in, keep warm and try these three epic pale ales!..
Hepworth & Co Brewers Ltd – Prospect 4.5% abv
Bottle conditioned, this brew is traditionally produced with organic Sussex grown barley and is naturally gluten free too!
Appearance: Golden with a slight natural carbonation and a white frothy head that reduces rapidly, leaving a slight bit of lacing on the surface.
Aroma: Slightly floral, with a fantastic fruitless and sweet maltiness, counterbalanced by a bitter hoppy underlay.
Flavour: Fresh strawberries and stone fruit, rich banana, met by an epic bitter finish.
Rich in flavour, yet very refreshing at the same time. Almost a farmhouse feel, with a fantastic bitter-sweet mix that is balanced to perfection!
“The Beer Festival with a Surf Twist,” will have over 50 craft breweries, ciders and wineries in both Ventura and Carpinteria!
Ventura Surf ‘n’ Suds event takes place on Saturday, May 19th at the San Buenaventura State Beach!
The Carpinteria Surf ‘n’ Suds event takes place on Saturday, August 11th at the Carpinteria State Beach!
Benefiting the Young and Brave Foundation, Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festivals have become one of the best beer festivals on the Central Coast.
SURF AND SUDS 2017 - BREWS AND THE BEACH! 5TH ANNIVERSARY COLLAB FEST BEER - YouTube
VENTURA SURF ‘N’ SUDS INFORMATION:
With over 50 craft breweries, ciders and wine on site, Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival in Ventura will take place on Saturday, May 19th.
Surf ‘n’ Suds offers plenty of transportation options to get to, and from, the event safely. Guests can Jump on the Brew Bus from Goleta, Santa Barbara or Carpinteria! (Must be pre-paid, no day of passes will be available for Jump on the Brew Bus.)
Amtrak is also a great way to join, as the Ventura Station is just down the road.
Along with all of the breweries, they will also have local surfboard shapers, hand selected vendors, plenty of food trucks, and guests can enjoy craft beer by the beach!
Play mega sized beer pong, cornhole, and keep the day going by stopping by one of our food trucks.
Surf ‘n’ Suds pride themselves on keeping lines to a minimum, by not over selling Surf ‘n’ Suds, having plenty of quality craft breweries on site, and providing an enormous number of restrooms!
Tickets are $65 for VIP and $50 for General Admission. VIP includes an hour early entry at 11:30 a.m. and allows you to sample beers not available during the General Admission Session.
This event has sold out the last three years, and will do so again this year!
CARPINTERIA SURF ‘N’ SUDS INFORMATION:
Our Carpinteria Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival will have over 70 craft breweries, ciders and wine on site!
Live music by Cornerstone and DJ Hecktik!
Surfboards shapers, local non-profits, awesome vendors and plenty of food trucks and restrooms make Surf ‘n’ Suds the top beer festival in the area!
Plenty of shade, free water stations and if you have ever been to a Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival, you know we don’t oversell the event and make sure we have quality breweries on site.
No long lines to sample beer, or to go to the restroom!