Sheffield Beer City! We love the stuff. Sheffield has been crowned beer capital in both its past and present. Its traditions may lay in cask beer, Stones is iconic in and out of the city, as is Wards, their dominance in the ‘70’s was unparalleled, however many look back with rose-tinted glasses, especially when compared with the beer brewed in Sheffield today.
Beer has changed a lot since the turn of the century, cask is still much loved in our pubs but craft is redefining what beer is and how we drink it. Mass-produced, cheap lager still flys off the shelves in supermarkets but the amount of amazing independent beer shops in Sheffield tells its own story. 20 cans of Carling for £12 from Tesco or 3 cans of 6% New England IPAs by an independent brewery from an independent bottle shop, there’s a shift happening, it might be small but it’s happening.
There’s over 20 independent breweries in Sheffield, some continue to specialise in traditional cask whilst others are creatively brewing beer unrecognisible to a traditional bitter (we’re talking dessert stouts, fermented sours and 9% DIPAs, as well as mastering modern classics such as pale ales). We also have pubs and bars unafraid of being different but when lockdown was enforced, off-licenses were included as essential shops (thankfully), beer shops had never been so popular and that trend has continued despite pubs reopening.
The emergence of craft has been important for bottle shops as keg beer is easily can-able, it’s not so simple to recreate the taste of cask at home.
Wherever you are in Sheffield, you’re never far from a decent can:
Archer Road Beer Stop sits in between Abbeydale Road and Woodseats offering a great range from local breweries as well as German and Belgian beers. The traditional yet modern shop also sells beer on tap for takeouts.
Banner Hops, at Banner Cross, Ecclesall Road sells both local and European craft beers.
The Bear on Abbeydale Road stocks cans and bottles of local, national and international pales, lagers, sours and stouts. They also have keg lines so that you can drink in.
Beer Central, based in The Moor Market stocks beer from pretty much all of Sheffield’s breweries alongside well-sourced national and international beers.
Beer Dog opposite Sheffield United’s football ground specialise in German beers, you won’t find these elsewhere in the city. Fancy something a little closer to home? It’s also Crosspool Ale Makers Society tap room where they have 4 of their own beers on tap.
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Craft & Berry on Ecclesall Road serve both cans and draught offering a huge selection, you can enjoy a pint inside whilst you choose.
The Dram Shop in Crookes sells beer from around the world as well as some of Sheffield’s finest.
Hop Hideout based at Castlegate foodhall Kommune have played a huge part in Sheffield’s evolving beer scene and a great place to pick up a few cans after you’ve finished your meal.
La Di Da in Chapeltown has a huge amount of craft beer from local and international breweries.
Mitchell’s Wine Merchants in Norton have been open since 1935, they might specialise in wine but their experience has allowed them to be experts in all areas!
The Pangolin on Middlewood Road stocks the best of Sheffield as well as other favourites. There’s cask and keg taps so you can drink in too!
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Ranmoor Castle Beers & Wines in Fulwood has a great range of craft beer, Belgian beers and 90+ German beers.
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Roscoe Road Liquor Store, next door to The Wellington (who are part of the The Blake Hotel, The Sheaf View & Neepsend Brew Co. group that run the shop) are well stocked when it comes to Neepsend beers. You’ll also find a great mix of beers from the UK and beyond.
Spring Yard Bottle Shop by the team behind Peddler and Factory Floor are currently online only (delivered to your door) offering beers from local breweries, the UK and around the world.
Turner’s Bottle Shop on Abbeydale Road is a haven for beer fans as their range is excessive with shelves and fridges jam-packed, they also have beer on draught.
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Walkley Beer Co. in Walkley is a place you can happily drink in at with both cask and keg beers on draught whilst their fridge is fully stocked.
As these places are mostly small, not all those with draught are allowing customers to drink inside at the minute due to social distancing.
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