Sheffield Beer Week sees pubs play host to events in “Real Ale Capital”

Sheffield Beer Week got underway on Saturday with events raising the profile of the city’s ale industry planned across the city.

The festival is returning for the third time in as many years and pubs, bars and restaurants are hosting a variety of events over the week.

It comes as a report from the University of Sheffield named the city “The Real Ale Capital of the World” last September.

Pete Brown, the report’s author, said his team’s research showed Sheffield should promote itself as a centre for real ale brewing.

Jules Gray was a researcher for the report and founded Sheffield Beer Week.

She said beer had been a part of the city’s fabric since the industrial revolution.

“I started Sheffield Beer Week when I saw that beer wasn’t being promoted. I thought if someone isn’t going to do it then I will.”

“It’s a huge project and it would be great to have more people involved in it to drive it forward and take it to where it needs to be.”

She added that students were among the volunteers working for the festival and part of the project was ensuring the next generation were involved in the Sheffield ale scene.

Sheffield city centre alone is home to 23 breweries, while 57 breweries are based in the wider Sheffield City Region.

In the city centre, that equates to one brewery for every 23,991 people. Greater London in contrast only has one for every 112,355 people.