The Steel City Beer Festival organisers have announced that this year’s event will take place at Kelham Island Museum from 29 October to 1 November.
A staple of the city’s real ale scene for 40 years, the festival will move to the Neepsend location from its previous home at Ponds Forge.
With a number of real ale pubs and breweries in the location, it seems a perfect fit for Kelham Island to host the Steel City Beer Festival.
It is hoped the event will do for the area with beer what Tramlines does for the city centre with music.
Richard Ryan, a member of the Campaign for Real Ale Sheffield and District Branch’s organising committee told The Star: “There are some fantastic pubs dotted around — The Fat Cat, the Kelham Island Tavern, The Wellington — and the idea is they will become part of a fringe festival, perhaps offering beers not on at the museum and providing their own entertainment.”
Choosing the Kelham Island location comes after no less than the New York Times picked out the area in its list of 52 worldwide ‘places to go in 2014’ and connoisseur Adrian Tierney-Jones said that Sheffield was ‘Britain’s best beer city’.
With both indoor and outdoor facilities, the Kelham Island Museum offers the best of both worlds for the Steel City Beer Festival. In 2010 the event was subjected to non-stop rain when hosted outdoors in a marquee at Sheffield General Cemetery.
When it moved indoors to Ponds Forge in 2011 there were complaints that the beer went off on what happened to be the hottest October weekend ever recorded.
“Having the conference room and the outdoor courtyard will mean we’re prepared whatever the weather,” said CAMRA’s Richard Ryan.