Abbeydale Brewery Cans


As those who came along to our King Capisce gig at Abbeydale Picture House might have noticed, we were selling canned beers from Abbeydale Brewery. Previously restricted to cask and keg releases for its first 21 years of life, the brewery did their first canning run in March this year and it's going pretty darn well, we reckon.

Three Abbeydale beers have been canned so far: Heathen (a strong mainstay), 4 Degrees of Separation (already sold out) and Voyager #3 IPA (truly exceptional). Next up are Salvation #5 (coffee and doughnut stout) and Unbeliever 3.2 (sorachi dry hopped sour), with plenty more in the pipeline.

As well as being more portable and just plain sexy to look at, these cans are much better for overall quality control, because the brewery can oversee the canning process, rather than sending the beer elsewhere to be bottled. Abbeydale are currently using a mobile canning line, but plans are afoot to move to a bigger premises and install their own line, so keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming crowdfunding campaign. They've also recently installed a second bright beer tank, which means more lovely beers in lovely cans from this lovely team.

Heathen and Voyager #3 IPA are currently available at all reputable independent outlets, including Turner's Bottle Shop, Hop Hideout, Mr Pickles' and Archer Road Beer Stop, as well as plenty of other places across town and beyond.

To keep abreast of the crowdfunding campaign, as well as other developments at the brewery, you can sign up to their mailing list at abbeydalebrewery.co.uk.

Ghosts of Chance Exhibition

20 Oct - 2 Nov | The Holt, 156 Arundel St

Based at Hagglers Corner, the work of Dr Viper Custom Tattoos is nothing short of stunning. It's no surprise that Max Charles originally trained as an illustrator and animator before turning his hand to tattooing five years ago, because his tattoos have an amazing sense of movement, like brushstrokes on a canvas, bringing in bespoke designs and diverse influences from across the globe.

This month Max will be taking his work out of the studio for an exhibition of his limited-edition prints. Ghosts of Chance is a series of work which brings to life creatures and landscapes from our past, present and future. Using William Burroughs' novella of the same name as a departure point, the exhibition explores the sixth extinction, or Anthropocene extinction, which is happening as we speak and has led to the loss of many plant and animal species, primarily due to human activity.

Running at The Holt on Arundel St from 20 October to 2 November (Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm, Sat: 10am-4pm), with a private viewing on 19 October, the exhibition features large mixed media images from Max's fair hand.

You can see some of Max's work on his Instagram page, instagram.com/drviper_tattoo. If you want to book a session or talk about tattoo designs, you can reach out via drviper.com, Twitter or Facebook.

Illuminate the Gardens

4-5 November | Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Headed up by Events Collective, the team behind this year's revamped Sheffield Food Festival, Illuminate The Gardens is a brand new fireworks and lighting extravaganza spanning two nights over Bonfire Night weekend.

While the main event might seem to be the fireworks (including family-friendly 'no bangs' early evening displays), there will be strong competition from the lighting features installed throughout the Botanical Gardens.

Street food stalwarts The Gravy Train, Smoke BBQ, Wah Wahs and Sunshine Pizza Oven will be on hand to nourish the people and there will be great ale and lager on offer from the likes of Stancill, Kelham Island and Bradfield breweries. There will also be acoustic music courtesy of The Big WoW, an art trail for the little ones (with free prizes) and plenty more to boot.

The programme runs 5-10pm on the Saturday and 4:30-9pm on the Sunday. Advance tickets are priced at £6.50 for adults and £3 for children (2-16 years old), while a family pass for two adults and two children is a bargain at £16.

Sharrow Vale Road


Before this magazine even existed, we remember approaching businesses on Sharrow Vale Road for support, a rough prototype magazine in hand. Almost ten years later, it's fair to say that without the backing of this marvellous set of humans, Now Then may not exist today.

Sharrow Vale is a haven for independent trade and a destination for shoppers looking for something with real character, with all bases covered, from unique gifts to exceptional food via good coffee, alternative fashion and beautiful artwork. It's easy to lose a couple of hours here, diverted from a simple errand by rare cheese, single-malt whisky or a book you somehow missed. It's an industrious hive of independent activity which lifts the mood and warms the cockles in these dark times.

A special thanks goes to: JH Mann, Porter Brook Deli, StarmoreBoss, Trapeze Kids, Roneys, Porter Bookshop, Two Steps, Seven Hills, Made by Jonty, Street Food Chef, Ora Gallery, Solo Gallery, Porter Pizza and Pom Kitchen.

Don't miss the next Sharrow Vale Market on 10 December.

Understanding Society

4-11 November

Supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, Understanding Society is a festival aimed at celebrating social sciences in all their forms, from politics to architecture. Last year, 7,500 people joined researchers from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University to learn more about the social sciences in the city.

The programme is yet to be fully announced, but we've been given a few tasters to share with you. Not to be missed will be an event at the Workstation Creative Lounge featuring Jess Thom, a theatre-maker and comedian better known by her alter-ego, Touretteshero. Jess celebrates the diversity of the mind, working to raise awareness and understanding of Tourette's Syndrome.

Elsewhere during the festival, Regather will host a meal accompanied by discussion about healthy and sustainable food, there will be a VR experience at the Winter Garden, and there will be tips about how to keep your home warm for less at the Moor Market.

Jump into the full programme at sheffieldesrcfestival.org.

Festival of Debate


Opus Independents, the social enterprise behind this fine magazine you're reading, is gearing up for the 2018 programme of Festival of Debate, held between April and June. We have released an open call for people or organisations to submit topic ideas. If you're carrying a burning torch for a particular social, economic, political or environmental issue, please get in touch with us at hello@festivalofdebate.com. Let's see if we can collaborate on an event for next year's programme.

Festival of Debate was launched in 2015 in partnership with a range of organisations with the aim of creating a meaningful dialogue around key social issues through a wide-ranging programme of panel discussions, Q&As, film screenings, artistic responses and keynote speeches, hosted in community venues across Sheffield.

With the help of over 50 local groups and organisations, the festival has coordinated over 200 events to date. If you're interested in contributing or getting involved as a volunteer, please get in touch.