About Sheffield Beer Week

Sheffield Beer Week is a week-long festival celebrating the region’s brewing landscape – old and new! It’s also about highlighting the wonderful world of beer, taking and sharing inspiration from across the globe. Collaboration is key with Sheffield’s bars, pubs and restaurants joining forces with local, national and international breweries to host beery events. Sheffield Beer Week happens across the whole of the city in multiple venues in the second week of March; it began in 2015 and held a virtual event in its sixth year, 2021, due to the Coronovirus pandemic.

Imagine a week where breweries hold open days for visitors to explore, pubs host beer festivals, bars have tap takeovers and restaurants offer menus with tailored beer pairings. Every day there will be a unique beer event to enjoy! Well, that’s the plan… Help make this happen – if you are a beery venue let us know about your event and we will add you to our dedicated listings page. Read our new blog>> HERE.

The first Sheffield Beer Week in 2015 was coordinated by two beer loving friends – Jules Gray and Clare Tollick. Being inspired by the thousands of visitors attending the SIBA conference and Beer X festival, they thought it’d be a perfect opportunity to showcase the local beer scene. 2016 marked the second year for the event and was lead by Jules Gray with co-ordination support from Chris Bamford. In year two there were 66 different events across ten days in 38 participating venues. 2017 Beer Week matched the previous year in terms of venues and event numbers. The week was organised with the aid of Jacob Nickles of The Red Deer as our Pub Liaison Officer. There were six Sheffield brewery specific beer collaborations and ‘Beer Week’ specials launched during the week. We continued to hold our ‘Twitter Hours’ raising the profile for Sheffield beer and showcase the great UK and global independent beer scene via social media. We had local and national press coverage. We even had our own Untappd badge! Sheffield Beer Week has also been involved in beery activities throughout the year including a trip to Norwich City of Ale in May to host a Sheffield beer tasting. We estimate based on SIBA’s figures roughly an additional +2,000 people visited Sheffield for beer during the week. For an update on 2018, head to our blog post > LINK

Beer tourism is a developing area with positive impacts to the city and wider economy.

Please note that we are not affiliated with SIBA or any organisation. The aim of Sheffield Beer Week is to bring additional visitors to the city. We are an independent beer focused events led group. Due to the global pandemic in 2020, Sheffield Beer Week was one of the last beer events to go-ahead in the country, before hospitality was then ordered to close by the UK government. 2021 we hosted a virtual beer week celebration across our social media channels and in 2022 Sheffield Beer Week returns to the city as a hybrid mix of in-person and online elements.

Cheers to beer!

Jules Gray
Organiser Sheffield Beer Week