Over 40 pubs, bars and breweries will host the annual beer festival in Sheffield this year.

Today marks the beginning of the 46th beer and cider festival, held by The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). The festival, traditionally organised at the Kelham Island Museum, this year will be held by over 40 pubs, bars, and breweries across Sheffield.

First held in 1975, the event is organised and staffed entirely by volunteers, and every single year a different local charity is chosen by organisers. This year, the sponsors are Arnold Laver, and any spare funds for the event will be donated to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity. QR codes will also be available at the venues for guests to donate directly.

One of them is ‘Dog & Partridge’, the dog-friendly pub, situated right in the centre of Sheffield.

Conor Smith, 46, owner of ‘Dog & Partridge’ feels grateful to be one of the lucky bars that still operate after the past couple of years and said that joining this year’s festival was a ‘no brainer.’

He said: “It has been harder to get staff and many local businesses are not even back at work. The market has shrunk, but the festival will give people a reason to go out and enjoy the beer and its qualities.”

Smith also expressed a concern regarding visitors who’d usually travel from other parts of the UK to join the beer festival, saying he’s not sure if this year will draw in the same amount of people.

He added: “It is a nice idea to host the event in different bars, and obviously the event was planned well in advance to try and respect Covid rules as well as possible. Hopefully we’ll see a good number of visitors.”

A report released by CAMRA, an independent consumer organisation which promotes real ale, cider and perry,, states that in 2018 more than 6,000 visitors a

Tended over the four days. Between them they drunk more than 15,000 pints of cask ale; 1,600 pints of KeyKeg beer (a complete sell out), 2,400 pints of cider and perry; plus 437 bottled and canned international beers.