Friday, 20 January 2017

New year news - Abbeydale, Thornbridge & True North

New year, new hope. Whilst we all recognise that January is generally a quiet month in the wonderful world of beer, thankfully the same can not be said of ale in our City of Steel.
First up, we hear that True North are taking over at the Waggon and Horses! Adjacent to Millhouses Park, this road-side coaching inn has bags of potential and it'll be interesting to see what the team behind the Forum chain have in store for us. We reckon the trademark quality drinks and food that TN pride themselves on will woo the folk of S7, S8 and S11 over to Abbeydale Road plus plenty of post-parkplay punters too. Due to reopen in February and so only a couple of months after the reopening of the historic Blue Stoops! Watch this space.
Next, Bakewell's best Thornbridge have taken the #dryanuary beast by the horns and served up a few initiatives of their own to get us through the winter. The loyalty card where you get a free pint for every ten purchased is simple, effective and appreciated by us loyal supporters.

Go on then! Another pint!
Furthermore, a trio of 'guest fests' have mixed things up a bit with Hawkshead up at the Greystones looking the best bet to us but Northern Monk at the Bath or Siren up at Hallamshire House will tickle many an beery fancy too. And thirdly, Thornbridge have given us a glimpse of the year ahead with a new beer each month already laid out for us. Oh yes!
Puja!!!! MANGO Halcyon!!!!
 Last but not least, Abbeydale brewery are stretching their legs again. Following the much talked-about complete refurb at the Devonshire Cat, which has divided opinion amongst the drinkers we've spoken to, they have now put out a rebrand of their core range in the form of more modern pump clips which pay tribute to the brewery`s heritage and which you'll see on your bars very soon. The new artwork has been led by James Green, who Danny has been a fan of for quite some time. The colours are striking and the designs should look much more up to date in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Hard core!
 Danny, as our 2BG art expert, is not quite convinced that the clips are uniform enough and maybe hoped for more but, like the Abbeydale ales of 2016, the artwork is a sure signal that the brewery continue to strive to improve and modernise their offerings, 21 years young!.
Anymore Hop Smash on the way?! Or Rango?
Exciting times Sheffield! Cheers.