Now raise your glasses to third festival of beer

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Sheffield is to host a national Festival of Beer for the third year running, it was confirmed this week.

The Society of Independent Brewers will hold its annual BeerX Festival of Beer - the flagship beer industry event - at iceSheffield in Attercliffe from March 17 to 21.

It will combine a trade exhibition, seminars, speakers and beer and business awards for SIBA members.

The event will then open its doors to the public for the Festival of Beer, with 250 award-winning beers along with entertainment and food, on the Friday and Saturday.

BeerX moved to iceSheffield after a first year at Ponds Forge.

It is back at iceSheffield after the option was explored of a marquee at Don Valley Bowl.

SIBA commercial director Nick Stafford said: “BeerX has grown steadily over the last couple of years and Sheffield is very much its home.

“We are excited to return to the city for a third year for an event that promises to be bigger and better than the last.”

Around 6,000 visitors are expected through the week, including conference delegates, trade exhibitors and festival goers.

Sheffield ukulele band the Everly Pregnant Brothers will play on the Friday night, while Saturday will feature all the final Six Nations Rugby matches on a giant screen, followed by Sheffield band The Bootleggers in the evening.

Tickets cost £8 in advance, £10 on the door with a £2 discount for students, members of the Campaign for Real Ale and the Armed Forces.