We love and celebrate great beer in all its forms. Starting life as a 2-man cask brewery back in 1996, we went against the grain from day 1, ignoring easy selling brown bitters and hunting down the best New World hops to bring well pales to the people of Sheffield, including the Iconic Sheffield cask ale – Moonshine.
We have remained one of the UK pioneers in the use of New World hops, this has included collaborations with hop suppliers such as Yakima Chief, utilising new experimental hop strains and how best to use them, aiding their development processes and contributing to global research.
We’ve always believed in giving our brewers freedom to make the beer they believe in, and as the beer world has evolved they’ve added all manner of beer styles from Double IPAs, Baltic Porters and Saisons to our repertoire, and lead brewer Jim Rangely has created our mixed fermentation program – the Funk Dungeon, named after the barrel store in which it began.
Sheffield is a former steel town which stubbornly and lovingly retains many elements of its industrial heritage. It’s a fiercely independent city with a strong identity and positive outlook. The Abbeydale Road area in which our brewery is based is an incredibly vibrant part of the city – we’re surrounded by a huge selection of other independent businesses, including our internationally award winning neighbours Forge Bakehouse, and many excellent bars and pubs. Sheffield also has a rich beer history, and still boasts one of the highest number of breweries per capita in the country. It’s a great beer drinking destination, with world famous pubs (particularly for their commitment to serving perfectly looked after cask ale) thriving alongside a huge number of modern beer bars.
Our brewery founder, Patrick Morton, is familiar with our city’s industrial past, with the Morton family business being in world-famous Sheffield cutlery for generations. Although this industry has declined over the last century, we like to think that the rise of Sheffield as a true brewing powerhouse reflects how our city has moved on, celebrating the past and using our experiences to create new life and industry on our own terms.
The whole history of Abbeydale Brewery is embracing the experience of doing things our own way.