Stancill Brewery

Stancill Brewery to commemorate Armed Forces Day with new special

Veterans from HMS Sheffield are set to benefit from Stancill Brewery’s latest summer special, which has been brewed to mark the 35th Anniversary of the sinking of HMS Sheffield.

Crew members of the destroyer gathered at the brewery in May as part of weekend dedicated to remembering the sinking of the ship which saw 20 people lose their lives, when the ship was hit by an Argentinian air strike on 4th May 1982.

Servicemen returned to Sheffield to take part in a special memorial service held at Sheffield Cathedral and to unveil the new beer produced by Stancill at part of this year’s Penistone Armed Forces day.

Named “Shiny Sheff” in honour of the nickname given the battleship, the 4.0% golden ale is an easy drinking golden ale which feature fresh citrus and floral notes, resulting in a refreshing, easy drinking session beer.

There have been three battleships bearing the name HMS Sheffield. The first was built in 1936 and used during the Second World War. Unusually the ship featured stainless steel fittings built in Sheffield, rather than the standard brass ones used at the time in an attempt to reduce cleaning duties. All ships bearing the name HMS Sheffield include fixtures and fittings produced in the steel city, leading to the nickname Shiny Sheff.

Thomas Gill, Managing Director, Stancill Brewery said: “We were approached by organisers of Penistone Armed Forces day to run a bar at the event, who wanted to do something special to remember those who lost their lives on HMS Sheffield in 1982. As well as supporting the event on the day, we wanted to go one stage further and proceeds from every cask of Shiny Sheff sold will also be used to support the event.

“It was truly humbling to meet some of the crew who survived the attack on HMS Sheffield, and based on the positive feedback we received from the crew members I can’t see the beer being around for long!”

Stancill turns to the Dark side

As regular readers of beer matters will know, Stancill Brewery has recently given a rare opportunity for one home brewer to live out their dreams and work with head brewer Dean Pleasant to see their beer on the pumps in pubs in Sheffield.

Demand for the competition proved to be high, and after drawing up a shortlist featuring twenty of the city’s finest home brewers, ten were invited to submit beer to the final judging panel which took place at the Horse & Jockey, Wadsley. Each beer was judged based on originality, flavour, suitability for production and innovation, with the top prize being scooped by John Kendall, who works as a team manager at Northern Rail.

John began brewing just two and half years ago when his brother-in-law gifted him a brew kit. The kit helped to fire John’s imagination and he quickly progressed to whole grain brewing. His winning beer, “The Dark One” is a black IPA was one of the first recipes he produced and combines hints of dark chocolate and liquorice with tangy grapefruit and lychee aftertaste.

After proving that he was top of the hops, and impressing a tasting panel comprising of industry experts and representatives from Stancill Brewery, John will work with Stancill Brewery, brewing the beer inside the brewery. Brewing is expected to take place soon and the beer available later in the summer.

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Stancill Brewery has acquired its first pub in Sheffield’s city-centre. It is expected to open its doors in June. More details to follow.

Steel City Brewing

Hot on the heels of all the collabs last month came a double brew weekend featuring guest brewer Jamie. Saturday was an Iron Brew (lawyers to note spelling!) sour at Lost Industry with Beer Ink, named Do You Even Iron, Bro?. Then on Sunday a Chocolate Raspberry & Coconut Stout at Imperial entitled Bunch of Cnuts, with an imperial version Abbott Does Cnutdown on the minikit at 7.0% with added dealcoholised rum.

Those of a craft beer persuasion may have noticed a recent trend for ‘murky’ IPAs… so while brewing at Lost Industry Dave and Jimmy decided to take things to their logical conclusion and created IPA Jelly! They haven’t figured out how to make it available on draught yet…

In other news, there are some things that one may only see once in a lifetime. Halley’s Comet. A total solar eclipse. Dave Unpronounceable smiling. Now, we can add Steel City repeating a brew. Yet another collab, Dave is resurrecting 2011 brew DILLIGAF at Imperial.

Dave Szwejkowski

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Welbeck Abbey Brewery

Something new and exciting will be coming from Welbeck Abbey Brewery this spring, as for the first time since 2011 the brewery will be boasting a fresh new look.

Lovers of their heritage-inspired ales need not fear as their range will be remaining the same, just with a more modern look. As part of the re-brand, and due to popular demand, the brewery have also decided to add the 4.1% ABV lager-style pale ale Kaiser to their core range.

Welbeck Abbey Brewery was established in 2011 and has quickly become one of the country’s leading microbreweries, brewing roughly 15,000 pints a week. General Manager Claire Monk says: “We felt it was time to redefine our brand. We always aim to produce the highest quality beers with a rich heritage behind them, but having been quiet about these stories in the past, our new image really focuses on the tales and legends behind each beer.”

Along with redesigning their packaging, the brewery has also launched a new and interactive website. “This new website will give drinkers an insight into stories from the estates history, all of which we have used for inspiration when creating our beers”, says Claire.

You may have already caught a glimpse of the new branding across the brewery’s cask or bottle range down at your local, but if not and you’re anxious to get a sneak peek then they invite you to visit their new website at

Blue Bee Brewery

As we head towards the longer nights and hopefully better weather we have brewed a couple of session pale ales perfect for the sunny weather. First up is Cascade Pale 3.9% brewed with the classic American hop Cascade; the hops give citrus and floral flavours which lead to a dry crisp refreshing finish. Secondly we have managed to get our hands on some Nelson Sauvin Hops for the first time in around three years. With these the first beer to come out of the brewery will be Nelson Pale 3.6%, this New Zealand hop gives bags of grapefruit flavours and sure is not to lack in taste even at this beer’s low ABV.

For those who like beer a little stronger we are brewing NZ IPA 6.0% again but this time with a different concoction of hops. This version will bring together: Pacific Jade, Motueka, Waimea and Rakau to give a sharp citrus flavour with pine like notes. Along with this we are going a bit mad with hops from New Zealand so June’s single hopped IPA will be Rakau IPA 5.0%.

Also look out for American 5 Hop Version 21 4.3%, which at the time of writing this was being brewed and set to include Columbus, Sorachi Ace, Comet and two other US hops. Also in the pipeline is the next in the Geek series using all Mosaic hops and a German hopped pale combining Magnum, Huell Melon and Manadriana Bavaria.


Neepsend Brew Co

It’s been some some time since we last contributed to Beer Matters but that’s not because of a lack of news. In the months since our last contribution we’ve been fortunate enough to pick up a few awards, have increased our brewing capacity with new vessels, bought new casks and brewed dozens of new beers.

The latest brews include the return of a couple of old favourites: Mosaic IPA, which won a gold medal at last year’s Steel City Beer and Cider Festival and showcases one of the most exciting US hop varieties around and Osiris, a New Zealand Pale Ale that was named Champion Beer of Stockport Beer Festival last year.

We’ve branched out a little and brewed a dunkelweiss called Junkel, which is fermented with a Belgian yeast for pronounced esters on top of a satisfying nutty malt body. Other new beers recently have included Helios, a Centennial and Amarillo hopped golden ale, Rufus, a red ale hopped with Styrian Wolf, Maia, a 3.8% ABV Spring pale ale and an Oatmeal Stout. Keeping the new beers coming, an IPA brewed with Vienna malt is next on the agenda.

Keep your eyes peeled for a special event featuring some new and exciting beers at the Sheaf View on 20 June to celebrate the brewery’s second birthday and the Sheaf’s seventeenth since re-opening and watch this space for more new beers coming up. It’s probably about time we played around with something fruity again, which we haven’t done since our passion fruit pale collaboration brew with Steel City in February…

Gavin Martin

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Fuggle Bunny Brewhouse

If you thought the Bunny was quiet, think again!

In the past three years our little Fuggle has gone from strength to strength. We have been very busy behind the scenes recently, planning and plotting, and the results are in. Firstly we have just launched our latest creation Chapter 9 – LA LA Land 3.9% ABV American Pale Ale. Bursting with tropical aromas with refreshing tastes of passionfruit and citrus, this thirst-quenching sessionable American pale has been created for the start of the summer season, light, refreshing and oh so quaffable.

Fuggle has a new arrival!

Yes, Fuggle is ready to welcome his new baby. We are very proud and hoppy to announce the birth of our newest project, our little ale house which is currently being preened and pruned as we speak, ready for opening shortly.  The first of Fuggle’s ventures into opening cosy little ale houses for people to come and enjoy fabulous award-winning ales, specialised spirits, and much, much more. This is an extension to our already popular and busy Fridays down at the brewery which have taken the community by storm.  We have listened to our customers and stepped out of the box by creating the first chapter in Fuggle’s new ventures.  Keep checking our website and Facebook page for opening dates – you will not have to wait long. “Fuggle’s Chapter One Bar”, opening soon.

You can find Fuggle Bunny Brewhouse at Holbrook near Halfway, just off the main road towards Killamarsh. Bus 70/71 will drop you off nearby or it’s a short walk from Halfway tram terminus.

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Bradfield Brewery

Bradfield Brewery and Strideout Running Club are hosting a Beer Barrel Challenge on Saturday 10 June in aid of Prostate Cancer UK and Sheffield Children’s Hospital. This multi-team activity event will see ten teams (8-man/mixed & female) racing over a four-kilometre course up a very big hill and down a very big hill. So what’s the catch? The team will be carrying a 54 kg beer cask in a purpose-built carrier device, designed and built by the team. No wheels allowed! So not only do you need to be an able runner, you need strength and design skills too. The prize of 72 pints of Farmers Ales will be well worth the effort though! The event starts from 9am at Low Bradfield Cricket Club, finishing at the Bradfield Brewery Tap, The Nags Head at Loxley. Preregistration is required; please contact for further details.

A few weeks later, Bradfield Brewery will be featuring once again at this year’s Music In The Gardens event. This Rotary club organised festival will take place from 29 June – 2 July in the Sheffield Botanical Gardens. It will be a weekend of live entertainment including performances from The Bootleg Beatles, 10cc and The Zombies. The Bradfield Brewery bar will be featuring a Rotary guest ale, brewed especially for the event. For more details about the event, please visit


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Exit 33 Brewing

Beer Matters has learnt of the loss of a long distance brewing friendship. Pete Roberts, founder of Exit 33 Brewing, has crafted a new beer named Mad Skillz in memory of his long-time friend Ben Flerchinger, who sadly passed away recently.

Their friendship also led to Exit 33 working on a collaboration brew with Portland-based brewers Lucky Labrador Brewing Company during Pete’s trip to Oregon last year.

Pete explains: “I jumped at the chance as it was Lucky Lab that first inspired me to come home and open a micro brewery when I visited nearly a decade ago. The lead brewer Ben Flerchinger welcomed me with open arms and shared his passion for brewing great beer and we had a great time at the Oregon Brewers Fest meeting with other brewers. I learned last month that he had suddenly contracted pleurisy and unfortunately he passed away a few weeks later.

Lucky Lab Brew Co have brewed a beer to commemorate Ben and his contribution to the brewing scene and so have Exit 33.  Ben had mad skills when it came to making great beer and so it was born.  Mad Skillz is a 4.6% session pale ale hopped with a good variety of American hops. I’ll miss our Facebook and Twitter chats. The world of brewing was better for him.”

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RIP Ben Flerchinger

Blue Bee Brewery

There have been a few big changes at the brewery over the last couple of months. We have been asked plenty of probing questions but I can confirm that myself (Josh) and my partner Louise have taken over the brewery in order to secure its future.

Unfortunately as I assume many of you are aware our associated pubs: The Closed Shop, The Three Tuns and The Punchbowl have all temporarily closed so we are currently not supplying these venues. We wish everyone involved all the best and hope to see all three pubs thriving again soon and stocking great beer once again.

Despite the changes at the brewery we are continuing to produce the same quality beers with an emphasis on New World hops, and there are plans for plenty more one-off and special beers. With the loss of these regular outlets we are spreading out and delivering slightly further afield. Nevertheless, our beers can be still found across Sheffield in some top establishments and are regularly available at the likes of the Rutland Arms, the Red Deer, the Kelham Island Tavern and Shakespeares.

Anyway more importantly onto the beers. Our Coffee Milk Stout 5.4% seems to be proving a hit. It was brewed using lactose and cold-brewed Frazers Roasters coffee which gives a smooth initial milky coffee flavour leading to a roasted bitter kick. On top of this we have brewed Son of a Peach 5.2% with Sheffield University Real Ale Society; a golden IPA brewed using El Dorardo hops and then with further additions of El Dorardo and Citra dry hops as well as 15 kg of peaches to give a predominantly fruity peach flavour.

Also available in May will be Motueka IPA 5.0% a single hopped IPA with New Zealand hops. Ekuanot Pale 4.2% an American pale packed with Ekuanot hops (formerly known as Equinox) which give a big tropical fruit hit. And Azacca Red 4.7%, a hoppy American red ale brewed with Azacca hops.

Josh Jepson

On the Edge

On the Edge Nano Brewery hold their semi-regular 9-pin event this month on Friday the 5th May which sees the last 9 different beers they have brewed showcased with a pin of each on sale. A pin is a small cask that holds 35 pints.

As well as beer there is pie & peas, music, board games and competitions and this event celebrates the brewery’s 5th birthday.

Beers this time include Nimbus Wheat, a 5.2% cloudy wheat beer with oats and barley and lots of czech hops; Wieman, single hopped with Wieman hops and brewed with British ale yeast; Wheat Fusion brewed with nugget hops, cascade, oat, wheat andbiscuit malt plus another six not yet announced at the time of writing!

The venue is the Old Junior School on South View Road, Sharrow (5 minutes walk from the Cremorne on London Road up Sharrow Lane).