This week gives us our 3rd visit to Yorkshire and our first metropolitan county for a while, created in the 1974 division of greater Yorkshire. It’s western boundary is in the Pennines, Derbyshire to the S.W, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and each of the other Yorkshires. It consists of the 4 metropolitan boroughs of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. The main settlements in South Yorkshire grew around mining (coal and iron ore) and premium steel manufacturing industries, particularly cutlery.
The geography of the county is basically about the Pennines and its foothills which descend into the Humber basin. The landscape is littered with Industrial activity both abandoned and current. The valleys and transport routes are largely urbanised, however part of the county is Dark Peak. The main rivers are the Dearne, Rother and Don all draining from the high Pennines.
On Ratebeer we have 65 Breweries listed, 41 currently active, 24 closed. Of these 8 are Client / Commissioner companies.
The oldest Brewery we have on Ratebeer for the county is Kelham Island Brewery of Sheffield (Est 1990). Sheffield itself did have a long history of brewing resulting in the big four breweries, after many mergers, of Wards, Stone’s, Whitbread and Hope, all of which became very well known. The earliest of these, forming in the very early 18th century is Wards. Evidence of 3 of these breweries can be still seen around Sheffield with only Hope Brewery completely disappearing from the landscape, that’s No Hope then?. All the breweries struggled after mergers and take overs, possibly Whitbread being the worst example but the company known now for hotels rather than brewing.
The Brewery with the largest range of beers on Ratebeer is Abbeydale Brewery of Sheffield (Est 1996) with 520 beers including their Beer Works Doctor Morton’s range.
The Ratebeer Awards for 2020 gave us St. Mars of the Desert of Sheffield (Est 2018) as best Brewery. Their beer St. Mars of the Desert Clamp won Best Beer. No award was made for new brewery.
The Top 10 Beers for South Yorkshire are –
- St. Mars of the Desert Quadruple
- St. Mars of the Desert Old School Quality
- St. Mars of the Desert Clamp
- Kelham Island Smoked Porter
- Steel City Shadowplay
- Abbeydale Deliverance – Sabro, HBC 472, HBC 692
- St. Mars of the Desert Jack D’Or Reincarnation Number 2
- Abbeydale Black Mass
- St. Mars of the Desert Koel It Nectaron’
- Abbeydale Lost Souls – 2017 Russian Imperial Stout
The Top Bars / Pubs for South Yorkshire are –
- Sheffield Tap (Tapped Sheffield) – 94
- Shakespeare’s Ale & Cider House, Sheffield Kelham Island – 91
- Kelham Island Tavern, Sheffield Kelham Island – 89
- Hop Hideout, Sheffield – 88
- Rutland Arms, Sheffield – 88
- Beer Engine, Sheffield – 87
- Wellington (Neepsend Brew Co.), Sheffield Kelham Island – 86
- Hillsborough Hotel, Sheffield Hillfoot – 85
- Crow Inn, Sheffield – 84
- Fat Cat, Sheffield Kelham Island – 83
The Top 5 Raters of beers from South Yorkshire are –
You will require just 65 beers to get into the top 50 for South Yorkshire.
The Rater who resides in South Yorkshire with the most ratings is –
@deanso who certainly is still on here.