We’ve focused our Golden Pints 2016 on the Sheffield beer landscape, so here’s a big hurrah to all those brewing in the Sheffield city region *hats off*. AND this is just a fun selection from the beers we tried this year, big round of applause to everyone in the region.
- Best Sheffield Cask Beer – Neepsend Brew Co ‘Lumina’ pale hopped with Equinox, Cascade and Calypso. Seriously drinkable. Honourable mention: Tapped Brew Co x Sheffield Beer Week ‘ Stones Throw’ bitter. A historic nod to a Sheffield style and a super easy-drinking pint on cask.
- Best Sheffield Keg Beer – Abbeydale ‘Heathen’ cornering the market in delightful hoppy go-to pints. I’ve sampled Heathen a few times overs the course of its life (used to be called Mosaic) and it’s improved each step to its now citrus/tropical delightful form. Honourable mentions: Abbeydale x Kuhnhenn ‘Hop Smash’. A trans-Atlantic collaboration with lots of juiciness. A big abv diversion on keg for Abbeydale and nice to see the jump being taken.
- Best Sheffield Bottled Beer – Lost Industry ‘Pineapple Sour’. Super fruity and sour, appealing cross-over beer for none sour fans. Honourable mention: North Union: Dubbel, a rich dark fruit cake beer.
- Best Sheffield Canned Beer – well we’re waiting for one to happen….now there’s a challenge. I thought I saw Springhead pop something into can…but didn’t get chance to try?!?
- Best Sheffield collaboration brew – Little Critters x Grind Cafe ‘Imperial Coffee Stout’. Great rounded roasted and coffee impy stout. Bravo to team work! Honourable mention: Hopjacker and Steel City ‘Kentucky Common’, for introducing us to a new style of beer!
- Best Overall Beer – tough one…. I’ll have to go Thornbridge x Magic Rock Brewing ‘Exalted’ released at Thornbridge’s Peakender event. A classic German alt-style beer with a US hop twist. Read MR blog HERE.
- Best Branding – Ashover released newly designed bottle labels at the end of 2016 and the embossed feel, colours and design worked really well with their brewery aesthetic. Honourable mention: Kelham Island Brewery for their Jim C label re-jigs and new collaborations continuing in 2016.
- Best Sheffield Brewery –I can’t choose! I’m too indecisive, sorry. I love different breweries for different reasons…awwwww.
- Best New Brewery Opening 2016 – Sentinel Brewhouse and taproom opened in March and you’ve got to raise your hats off to them for the quick pace which they managed to get through the building phase. Also love the whole beer and food angle they celebrate.
- Pub/Bar of the Year – Again a tough choice! What we love about Sheffield’s drinking establishments are their diversity of style, laidback, friendly nature and great beer offerings. Shakespeares on Gibraltar Street is our 2016 Golden Pints winner due to the quality offering we’ve had on every visit coupled with some ace events (Buxton TTO as part of Sheffield Beer Week). Honourable mention: The Rising Sun, Fulwood; tasteful and fitting refurb coupled with a standout beer festival (Sun Fest).
- Best New Pub/Bar Opening 2016 – True North brewhouse began to open their brewhouse regularly to drinkers from March and it’s been a welcome new city centre addition to the Devonshire Green route. Honourable mention: Roco Creative, eye-catching detailed conversion of this creative space with rooftop terrace.
- Beer Festival of the Year – Three Valley’s. Great summer festival attracting large crowds of beer lovers to travel round this Sheffield area which has Dronfield at his hub. Honourable mention: Can we pick ourselves? 🙂
- Independent Retailer of the Year – too many good independent ones in Sheffield to choose!
- Best Beer Book or Magazine – CAMRA Yorkshire Pub Walks – check out the Sheffield chapter.
- Best Beer Blog or Website – Wee Beefy for his personal beery ramblings. Not that I always understand the point or if he has one. hehe.
- Simon Johnson Award for Best Beer Twitterer – @feastandglory A long-standing Sheffield twitterer and champion of good food and drink. Though there’s lots of greyhound posts nowadays! Honourable mention: MashtunandMeow continue to beer their way through Sheffield
- Best Brewery Website/Social media – Regather. One of Sheffield’s smallest breweries, their website is easy to navigate, well laid out and shows how active they are in the local community.