Pub News from September 2007

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Last call for volunteer staff at Beer Festival

Sheffield's 33rd Steel City Beer & Cider Festival opens this Thursday and with a great range of real ales, traditional Cider, continental beers and a busy programme of events and entertainment, looks to be a popular one.

Organisers are making a last call for volunteers to work at the beer festival - the whole event is organised, managed and staffed by volunteers who are members of either CAMRA or the University of Sheffield Real Ale Society. Staff are needed to work behind the bars, plus on the admission lobby, the souvenir glass stand, the merchandise stall, the beer token sales desk, the tombola and also as stewards.

Whilst all the jobs at the festival are unpaid volunteer roles, there are some perks - free draught beer & cider, a staff t-shirt and of course they get to see the bands for free! We also lay on a staff party at the end of the festival and are running a brewery trip next month exclusively for volunteer staff.

Anyone interested in working can download a staffing form at

The pub previously known as Lloyds No. 1 Cafe Bar in Sheffield city centre has changed its name to Sheffield Waterworks Company.

We have added the Norton pub at Meadowhead to our database.

We have removed the Denison Arms, formerly of Watery Street at Shalesmoor, because it has been demolished and replaced with 14 luxurious city centre apartments. In a rare move, every brick from the former pub has been reused in the new building. Prices for the new apartment starts form around £130,000.

We have removed Marples Classic Bar, formerly of Fitzalan Square in Sheffield city centre, and Domino, formerly of Egerton Street, in the city centre from our database because they have closed down.

The Sheffield & District branch of the Campaign for Real Ale will be celebrating local food and drink at their Steel City Beer & Cider Festival, which takes place at Darnall Liberal Club from 27th to 29th September.

All the local breweries will feature a selection of beers at the festival, including Sheffield Brewing Company, Kelham Island, Abbeydale, Bradfield, Thornbridge, Crown, Acorn, Wentworth and Spire.

Visitors to the festival can celebrate the massive range of top quality ales brewed in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, and hopefully then track down the ones they like best in their local pubs.

To continue the theme of quality local produce, the festival food will be provided by Bakewell's Original Farm Shop's outside catering unit, and on the cider bar will be a couple of ciders from a local producer - Woodthorpe Hall at Holmesfield.

Minimising your carbon footprint has never been so pleasurable!

However, we haven't forgotten those with a more adventurous or well travelled taste, as there will be interesting real ales from breweries in other parts of Britain too, as well as a range of bottled continental beers sourced by our friends at the Archer Road Beer Stop.

The provisional real ale beer list can be found on the Sheffield CAMRA website and includes ABV and tasting notes where available (note there will be some additional beers not listed as they are not yet confirmed, some substitutions may happen, too).

After the devastating June floods, Kelham Island Brewery have bounced back in true style. They have just won the Premium Ales category and bronze overall for its Pale Rider beer at the Peterborough Beer Festival.

We have removed two city centre bars from our database. Mojos on Paternoster Row was located in the now-defunct National Centre for Popular Music, and the Brown Street bar on Brown Street is now Spearmint Rhinos.

We have updated the details for the pub previously called the Cask & Cutler at Shalesmoor. The pub is now called the Wellington and is a favourite of real ale fans.

Following the popularity of traditional cider & perry last year, a bigger range is to feature this year.

A selection of 24 ciders & perries have been ordered for the festival from across Britain, including some award winners from the West Country and Wales, and even some from France.

Guillet's Breton Brut Taditonnel is a medium-dry cider from Brittany and Viard Bayard Cidre Dioux's medium-dry cider is produced in Normandy.

However probably the rarest and most interesting are two that haven't had to come far to reach the festival's bar - Ruby Suzie Cider and Owd Barker Cider is produced on a small scale by Dick Shepley at Woodthorpe Hall near Holmesfield. His reputation for great Cider is growing locally, with Cider of the Festival awards won at Rotherham's Oakwood festival and at Chesterfield beer festival. We gave them a try on our bar at the Philadelphia Blues Festival back in May and they went down a storm!

The festival's cider bar is again being run by our resident cider expert 'Big Andy' and his team, who will be busy promoting the joys of proper cider, and will be happy to answer any questions on the subject - just don't ask for ice!

Sheffield's Steel City Beer & Cider Festival takes place at Darnall Liberal Club from 27th to 29th September and also features a range of about 70 real ales and a selection of continental beers. A shuttle bus will operate hourly to the festival from Sheffield rail station, the University of Sheffield and the Kelham Island Tavern, bus service 52 also passes close to the venue. Live music features in the evening sessions.

We have removed Tin Pan Alley Cafe Bar, formerly of 10 Fitzwilliam Street, city centre, from our database of pubs because it has closed down.

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