this is just a very quick update. No, honestly. I have three snippets of news for you.
First lets start with some positive gen. The Sheffield Tap is, between it and their York and Euston siblings, having a brewery launch night on Thursday 17th May, AKA tomorrow. The Hop Studio are launching with 4 cask ales across session to premium strength, and as far as I can tell the beers will be on sale at the Sheffield Tap. See here for more info.
Secondly, don't forget that its Eddie and Pat's last orders beer festival at the Gardeners Rest also starting tomorrow. I haven't had any info about the beers but am fully intending to get down, either Thursday or Saturday, numerous caveats permitting. This will be a chance to wish them both all the very best in their new semi aquatic existence (note that this description applies to their accommodation, not them. They are not, I repeat not, partially amphibious.). Should be a great festival if you can get down.
And finally the sad news. Its been announced today that Dave Wickett, of Fat cat and Kelham Island Brewery fame, has died. Whilst I never knew him, I know Chala used to work at the Fat cat for a few years, and met Dave many times, and I'm sure there will be lots of people in the Sheffield pubs and real ale scene who will remember him fondly. Reaction from the postcode gazette and the Fat Cat can be found here.