Pub makes mark in support for local beer

l-r Josie Baines, Bradfield Brewery,Tim Price, Porter Cottage, Lisa Moat, Bradfield Brewery
l-r Josie Baines, Bradfield Brewery,Tim Price, Porter Cottage, Lisa Moat, Bradfield Brewery

THE Porter Cottage at Hunters Bar has become the first pub in Sheffield to be given a plaque in recognition of its support for locally-brewed beer.

It has joined a ‘locals’ scheme launched by the Society of Independent Brewers, and the plaque was handed over representatives of Bradfield Brewery.

Tim Price, licensee of the Sharrowvale Road pub, said: “Customers now expect to see local beers on the bar. We offer two to three local beers and they’re extremely popular. Farmer’s Blonde from Bradfield Brewery is one of our best sellers.”

Bradfield Brewery director John Gill said: “At a time when many pubs are struggling to stay open, it’s cheering to see the Porter Cottage bucking the trend.

“Local beers, including our own, have been part of its success and we’re delighted to welcome them as a SIBA ‘local’.”

Local beers have been one of the bright spots in a gloomy market over recent years, thanks to the growing number of drinkers who seek out local brews in preference to global brands.

There are now over 700 brewers in the UK.