Sheffield Beer Week 2020 kicks off on 9 March, marking seven packed days of unique beer tastings, tap takeovers, meet the brewer sessions, brewery tours, exhibitions, and food matching menus. The beer will flow like wine.
Jules Gray is at the helm, who'll be familiar to many drinkers in Sheffield as she has been responsible for broadening beer fans' palettes at Hop Hideout and as a key organiser of beer-related events in the city. Each year Julia encourages pubs, booze shops and breweries across the city to do something special for Sheffield Beer Week, to really show off the very best of the Sheffield beer scene.
For its sixth year, the programme is centred around the themes of beer, heritage and community.
Read on for our top picks of the Sheffield Beer Week 2020 events.
Indie Beer Feast
6-7 March, Abbeydale Picture House, £6.50-8.50
A prelude to Sheffield Beer Week 2020 is the Indie Beer Feast: a two-day boozy indulgence in the faded 1920s grandeur of the Abbeydale Picture House. IBF always brings fine brewers from around the city and nationally to showcase some of their most exciting drops alongside musical performances, food and pop-up tastings.
Beer and Dessert Pairings
8 March, 7:30pm, The Crow Inn, £18 (4 pairings)
The Crow Inn teams up with the kitchen of its sister pub, The Rutland Arms, to serve up an evening of desserts with matching beers. The sweet-tooth collaboration pairs off sours with cheesecake, hummingbird cake with saison and DELICIOUS with BOOZE.
Postmoderfermism – Fantome & Alvinne Tap Takeover & Brewer’s Bottle Pour
11 March, from 12pm (bottle pour 6pm), Shakespeare's
Two post-modern masters of the Belgian wild fermentation scene bring some of their hard-to-find and impossible-to-forget funky beers to Shakespeare’s for a tap takeover and bottle pour session.
SheFest 2020: Women in Beer and Brewing Walking Tour
12 March, 7pm, start at Hop Hideout, £4
Jules Gray (Beer Week director) brings SheFest to the festival as she leads a beer-y walking tour around some of the finest establishments in the city. Mixing the historic real ale quarter with contemporary pubs like The Crow, Jules will share stories of women in beer and brewing.
Collabracadabra – Shakespeare’s Collab Brew Fest
13 March, from 12pm, Shakespeare’s, free
Shakespeare’s stay true to their goal of putting as many different beers on the bar as possible by bringing THIRTEEN new casks to the city. Each beer has been co-brewed with the Shakespeare’s team at some of their favourite breweries and promises to be magical.
Beer! The Best Film Ever Brewed + Q&A & After Party
13 March, 6pm, Showroom, £5
Not enough beer in SBW? Why not watch beer being made whilst you drink a beer and talk about beer. Join the film’s director and producer for this premiere at the Showroom, in the very city it was conceived in, followed by an industry panel and – more importantly – an after-party featuring local drops in the Showroom bar.