A late change of plan last weekend saw me make a trip to Sheffield for the first time for a few years and provided an opportunity to enjoy a final drink of a Kelham Island beer following the brewery's recent demise, along with visiting several fine pubs and catching up with a friend from the world of blogging....
Eventually I arrived in Sheffield and so in order to plan out my now truncated visit I went to the Sheffield Tap which is at one end of the station building to map out the afternoon's entertainment. Originally the First Class refreshment room for the then Sheffield Midland Station, after years of neglect the building was lovingly restored and opened in 2009, and now houses the Tapped Brewery, situated in shiny splendour behind a glass barrier in one of the rooms in this rambling building. I ordered a pint of Bibble from Wild Beer which I enjoyed in the ornate room in which the brewery is based. The place was quite busy, but with many opting to sit out in the warm sunshine the room I was in was pretty quiet with only a few other people in the room with me. The beer was reliable as I have come to expect from Wild, with the Mosaic hop giving plenty of tropical and stone fruit flavours (NBSS 3.5). Time to plan out the afternoon.
|The Sheffield Tap, complete with brewery
I had already decided to visit the Kelham Island area, and I had walked there from the station in the past, but with limited time I decided I would take the practical option and get an Uber. It turned up promptly and I was taken through busy streets where, as in Manchester and Leeds, new buildings have shot up or having started being built since my last visit. The Kelham Island brewery was just up the road, now sadly closed of course, from where I was dropped off a few minutes later. I walked into the Fat Cat (opening picture) and was surprised to see a couple of the brewery's beers on the bar, although I was aware the last beer brewed at the brewery was being sold here but the thought hadn't occurred to me that there might still be some left. I asked the girl behind the bar and she told me these were the last 2 barrels they had with the final barrel of the flagship Pale Rider having sold out earlier in the week. Plenty of people had been calling in for a final drink of Kelham Island beers, she said. I ordered a half (thinking of my fellow beer drinkers) of Easy Rider, along with a pint of Greensands IPA from Surrey Hills. The room was empty save for another guy ordering, so from the pick of the tables I selected one in the corner opposite the bar. The room hadn't changed since I had last called in around 5 years ago on my last trip to Sheffield.
|A final half of Easy Rider
|Another cracking pub, the Kelham Island Tavern
|Reminders of Kelham Island's industrial past
|Bar Stewards, with Christine and Martin