Sheffield Hopcast


Unpretentious beer talk from the Steel City


  • Steel City Beer and Cider Festival

    Steel City Beer and Cider Festival

    17/10/2019 Duration: 01h09min

    This October we are back at the Steel City Beer and Cider Festival at Kelham Island Museum. James and Adam are part of the judging panel this year so we hear how that went. We'll also be picking a beer each from the beer list to talk about along with all the usual beery talk. Finally, we had the pleasure of chatting to acclaimed beer writer Roger Protz.

  • Hopcast Half Pint September 2019

    Hopcast Half Pint September 2019

    24/09/2019 Duration: 37min

    This month we return to the Rutland Arms for September 2019's Hopcast Half Pint. James and Adam sample a couple of beers from Sheffield's St Mars of the Desert and Nottingham's Black Iris Brewery. We chat about our recent visit to Abbeydale Brewery's Funk Fest, the opening of the new Industry Tap and other local pub news. We also look forward to October and the Sheffield Steel City Beer Festival.

  • Micro Pub… Micro Beers

    Micro Pub… Micro Beers

    06/09/2019 Duration: 57min

    We're at the Itchy Pig in Broomhill - it's a small pub, so we're drinking small beers. The now-legendary Schofferhofer is first on the agenda, followed by a Northern Monk lemon raddler, North Brew Micro IPA and a typically stupidly named Cloudwater. Which will get the vote of Adam, James, Laura and Sean as the best? Plus we talk Funk Fest, a sour beer festival at Abbeydale Brewery this weekend, and look ahead to the Sheffield Beer Festival in October.

  • Hopcast Half Pint August 2019

    Hopcast Half Pint August 2019

    14/08/2019 Duration: 27min

    This month after a couple of months away from our usual Half Pint format, James and Adam are back with a couple of beers to drink while having a catch up about what's been happening in the Sheffield beer scene. Beers from Vocation Brewery and Siren Craft Brew. Recorded at The Rutland Arms on 8th August 2019

  • Happy Yorkshire Day

    Happy Yorkshire Day

    01/08/2019 Duration: 01h08min

    This month we celebrate Yorkshire Day with a head-to-head with some Yorkshire beers and non-Yorkshire beers. With 3 rounds covering 3 different styles of beer, will Yorkshire be victorious? Recorded at the famous Kelham Island Tavern, we chat to Josh who took over the pub 8 months ago to see how things are going on after taking on the multi-award-winning pub.

  • Here comes the sun

    Here comes the sun

    05/07/2019 Duration: 01h03min

    This month we're at The Rising Sun in Nether Green ahead of their annual Sun Fest. Sean has been tasked with picking 4 'sunshine' beers and opted for offerings from Brass Castle, Shindigger, Northern Monk and Thornbridge. James is away this month so, friend of the show, Lucienne joins us and tells us all about here beery history in Sheffield and beyond.

  • Mini Tramlines!

    Mini Tramlines!

    18/06/2019 Duration: 58min

    It's a month to go until Tramlines... so we're doing a trial run! Adam and James are joined by Tramlines organiser Alex Deadman at Cutlery Works to try to cram Tramlines into just an hour. We have beer - of course! But how has James picked out the cans to go with our Tramlines theme? We have food cooked up for us by of Gravy Train, residents at Cutlery Works, and also serving up at Tramlines this year. And we have live music from two bands who will be performing at the festival: - The Seamonsters - Oddity Road Both perform amazing stripped back acoustic tracks for us. Alex gives us the lowdown on the festival itself, Leah from Cutlery Works tells us about the food court they're doing at Tramlines, and we learn a bit about what poutine actually is from Harry Tramlines is 19-21 July at Hillsborough Park. For ticket information head to

  • Seaside Special: The Hopcast goes to Scarborough

    Seaside Special: The Hopcast goes to Scarborough

    09/06/2019 Duration: 01h09min

    It's our first away day as the Hopcast gang head to Scarborough. Sean's in charge and all he tells us is to be at Sheffield station at 9.30am. Join us to hear how the day unfolds including some nice beers, great pubs, excellent toilets, plenty of rain, slot machine winners and losers and some rather messy ice creams. * Our rather swanky equipment is from Rebel Base Media and is available for hire: to enquire please email

  • Half Pint May 2019: Live at Podcast Rebellion Sheffield Meet-Up

    Half Pint May 2019: Live at Podcast Rebellion Sheffield Meet-Up

    16/05/2019 Duration: 40min

    Six beers; six special guests joining Adam and James This month's Hopcast Half Pint comes from the first Podcast Rebellion Sheffield meet-up at Rebel Base Media at Sheffield Technology Parks, as part of the Sheffield Digital Festival. We set up our mobile studio and crack open the beers from Verdant, North, Vocation, Korrupt'd, Turning Point and Northern Monk. Thanks to Chris, Sam, Sophie, Jon, Colin and Peter who give us their thoughts on the beer choices and share a little about their usual go-to styles and favourite pubs and bars. For more information about Rebel Base Studios and future Podcast Rebellion Sheffield meet-ups head to or follow @RebelBaseMedia

  • As the Crow flies

    As the Crow flies

    10/05/2019 Duration: 01h03min

    We're at a pub that's so new it's not even open this month. We join Chris Bamford at The Crow Inn on Scotland Street ahead of its opening in a few weeks. Adam, James, Laura, Sean and our guest Chris check out four beers: Cloudwater's Hoppy Little Lager, Brew York's Rhubarb and Custard (extra custard edition), Brick's Manhattan Sour and Ridgeside's Milky Joe. What will win beer of the month?

  • Beer Cocktail Special

    Beer Cocktail Special

    05/04/2019 Duration: 01h08min

    Laura's been banging on about beer cocktails for ages now - you've probably heard her talk about them on previous episodes. So we decided to see what the fuss was all about. Episode 16 is in Laura's kitchen as she mixes up four beer cocktail treats for us - Grand MargarIPA, Evening Sunset, Stouty Mary, and Tonkoko White Russian. We also try the beers on their own as well - what will we prefer, the beer... or the cocktail version? And which will be overall winner? We also talk about the takeover of Magic Rock Brewery and the extended beer range in Tesco. **To make the beer cocktails yourself, here are Laura's amazing recipes** Grand MargarIPA 25ml tequila 15ml Grand Marnier Half can of IPA - we used Cannonball but Punk also works well, basically any straightforward (non-adjuncted) IPA Wedge of lime - Stir down the spirits with ice and squeeze of lime juice. Strain into a glass and top up with the beer. "Evening Sunset" 25ml gin 75ml pink grapefruit juice Dash of grapefruit bitters 100ml beer - we used Abb

  • Half Pint: March 2019

    Half Pint: March 2019

    21/03/2019 Duration: 31min

    Adam and James try a cracking line up of beers - from a DDH Pale, to a Strawberry Daiquiri sour, to a New England IPA. They reflect on Sheffield Beer Week and particularly the excellent Indie Beer Feast and look ahead to some more upcoming events in Sheffield.

  • Sheffield Beer Week 2019

    Sheffield Beer Week 2019

    06/03/2019 Duration: 01h03min

    For Sheffield Beer Week we get together at a **mystery** venue - can you work it out from our clues (and ridiculously obvious photo?) The beer choice is easy: Adam, James, Laura and Sean each pick one with a link to the beer week. And we run through the events we're most looking forward to.

  • Half Pint: February 2019

    Half Pint: February 2019

    28/02/2019 Duration: 24min

    Adam and James are counting down to Sheffield Beer Week in this month's Half Pint. The beers come from Turning Point, Samuel Smith and Thornbridge x Planet Rock. Check out the video version on our YouTube channel soon.

  • Episode 14: All You Need Is Love. And Beer. Definitely Beer.

    Episode 14: All You Need Is Love. And Beer. Definitely Beer.

    14/02/2019 Duration: 01h22min

    Love is in the air this month on the Hopcast... ... As it's Valentine's Day, we set Sean the task of picking a beer each of the team will love. So will he pick right for Laura, Adam and James? And will he actually like the beer he picks for himself?! Thanks to our awesome hosts at the New Barrack Tavern on Penistone Road - check out their new bottle and can room if you haven't already, it's amazing!

  • Hopcast Stories #1: Martha and Dann, Saint Mars of the Desert

    Hopcast Stories #1: Martha and Dann, Saint Mars of the Desert

    31/01/2019 Duration: 54min

    Welcome to the first of our new series of special episodes, Hopcast Stories - where we go under the surface of the beer scene to hear the amazing tales of the people within in. Our first Hopcast Story comes from Martha and Dann, who travelled the East coast of the United States, half of Europe and the entire UK before picking the perfect place for their new brewery.... on an industrial estate in Attercliffe, Sheffield. We hear their incredible journey from Dann's first brewery job in the early 90s right through to the opening of their tap room in the last few weeks - including the set-backs and challenges along the way, how they picked up the name for their business after another failed viewing, and the couple's hopes and dreams for the future. * Do you have a story to tell? Drop Adam and James a line by email to or via Twitter @SheffHopcast

  • Hopcast Half Pint: January 2019

    Hopcast Half Pint: January 2019

    16/01/2019 Duration: 38min

    Adam and James try out beers from a couple of new breweries in the spirit of Tryanuary, plus one from an old favourite. We talk beer festival news and reveal the winners of our first ever Golden Hop awards. James was banned from seeing the vote, so see if he correctly predicts the winners in each category.

  • Episode 13: Happy Birthday Us!

    Episode 13: Happy Birthday Us!

    08/01/2019 Duration: 01h27min

    It's our first birthday and so we head back to where it all began: Bar Stewards. Al and Charlie join James, Adam and Laura for our Tryanuary special, as we each bring a beer to try we wouldn't normally go for. We get through beers from Black Jack / Wild Weather, Yonder, Northern Whisper, Magic Rock and Thornbridge - but which gets the nod as the best of the night? Plus we pick our shortlist for the first Golden Hop awards. Who will get our nominations for... Best Event Best Local Brewery Best National Brewery Best Beer Best Local Venue Vote for your winners in all five categories on our Twitter page @SheffHopcast Please drink responsibility.

  • Hopcast Half Pint: December 2018

    Hopcast Half Pint: December 2018

    18/12/2018 Duration: 38min

    We're feeling festive for this month's Hopcast Half Pint. Adam and James try a Christmas-ish cranberry and ginger dark sour from Marble in Manchester, a new Gluten Free offering from Acorn in Barnsley, and a waffle and blueberry breakfast stout from Vocation and Yeastie Boys. Plus we find out about a new brewery coming to Sheffield, the latest on Sentinel Brewhouse, new management at the Kelham Island Tavern, refurb at the Nursery Tavern, a new micropub in Hillsborough, Chris and Kate from the Rutland's new venture, rather pricey tickets for Hop City going on sale, and news about sponsorship opportunities on the Sheffield Hopcast. Oh... and Merry Christmas! See you in 2019 :)

  • Episode 12: Podcrawl 2018 (Merry Christmas!)

    Episode 12: Podcrawl 2018 (Merry Christmas!)

    06/12/2018 Duration: 01h46min

    It's December and so the Hopcast team get into the festive spirit in the only way we know how - going on a pub crawl... or should we say Podcrawl. Adam, James, Laura and Sean make four stops around Sheffield, with each responsible for picking one round. Whose beer pick will prove the most popular? We start with a quick pre-beer in the Rutland Arms. Then... Stop 1: Sheffield Tap - Hook Island Red, picked by Sean Find out what the team are wearing, our beers of the month, and our challenge for Sean for the evening Stop 2: Pour - Mad Dog Let's Try Apple Pie sour, picked by Laura We're joined by Jon, co-owner of this new venue to tell us all about it, and Sean goes shoplifting Stop 3: University Arms - Thornbridge Crackendale, picked by Adam We manage to find a pub with pretty much no beer, and we discuss best and worst Christmas presents we've received Stop 4: Gardeners Rest - Dead End Brew Machine Death 3, picked by James It's snack wars time, we come up with our ideas for a Christmas beer, and have a com

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