Beer festival returns

GLASSES will be raised next week at the Steel City Beer Festival.

More than 150 real ales, traditional ciders and perries will be showcased from Wednesday at Ponds Forge at the 38th event organised by the local Campaign for Real Ale. Also offering live music, it runs until Saturday night.

The festival has gone indoors for a second year after throwing itself at the mercy of the elements in Cemetery Park, off Cemetery Road, Sharrow. Ironically, after rain lashed the marquee at the last time in Cemetery Road, there was a mini heatwave for the Ponds Forge debut, which caused its own problems.

Next week’s activities are being held at a time when Sheffield’s reputation for beer and breweries is high.

Enthusiasts will come from across the country, said regional director Mick Moss. “On the whole, beer festivals are increasing in popularity,” he said.

“As soon as people get wind of a festival, they clear their diary and get their bus and train tickets organised.”

All local breweries will be featured at Ponds Forge, along with beers from further afield. The £10 entry package sold online includes admission, souvenir glass, programme and some beer tokens. Further tokens can be purchased at the venue.

Wednesday’s session starts at 5pm, the next three days at noon.